Congratulations to Rachel on her recent graduation! Learn more about her background and experience in the DCA program here:
Tell us how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program.
I have always had a love for design. Whether it was editing my own photos for social media or laying out blogs on Tumblr, I enjoyed being creative at a young age, but never had an opportunity to really dive into it and learn from professionals. I received my undergraduate degrees from Cal State Long Beach in Dance and Journalism. As a journalism student, I was able to take a media design class, where I learned more about editorial and print design. I enjoyed this side of journalism, as it really allowed my creativity to flow and I was able to narrow my focus in the department to design and multimedia.
After graduating in the midst of COVID, pursuing a career post-college became difficult. I decided to utilize my time and broaden my knowledge in design to other areas. After much research, I found the DCA program and immediately knew it was exactly what I was looking for! The classes allowed me to go back to the basics and really get a grasp on what graphic design was. The program exceeded my expectations and truly prepared me for a career in graphic design.
What were your favorite courses and why?
My favorite courses in the DCA program were Design II: Collateral Communication, and Package Design. These two classes were challenging and helped me really see my true potential. The projects were a lot of fun and the instructors allowed the students the freedom to choose industries they were interested in working in. I was able to create work for my portfolio that really showcased my skills. I learned about the process of branding and gained experience in receiving feedback and pitching my work, and it really prepared me for the real world.
Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?
In five years, I would love to be a full-time freelance brand designer. I enjoy working one-on-one with clients and bringing their visions to life. I want to create a name and brand for myself, with the potential of hiring others and being a small agency for local companies.