Interview with Recent DCA Graduate Ceylin Kocagöz

Congratulations to recent Design Communication Arts graduate Ceylin Kocagöz! She shares some of her projects and tells us more about her experience below:

Tell us how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program.

I studied Media and Visual Arts as my minor in college, back in Istanbul, Turkey. When I fell in love with Los Angeles, and decided to move here to enhance my career in Entertainment and Design, I found out about the DCA program at UCLA Extension. I’ve always got inspired by generating a design from an idea, emotion or theme as a creative, and help people to get more traction with their brands, personal identities, or just simply inspire them on a daily basis. The DCA program is such a broadening environment with a rich variety of courses and an engaging and inspiring environment. It gave me a great opportunity to develop as a creative designer and initiated such enlightening opportunities.

What were your favorite courses and why?

As a creative who is also passionate about the entertainment industry, one of my favorite courses was Entertainment Graphic Design. Also, in Advertising Design, I got to widen my knowledge in different areas of design and discover my passions and talents. On the other hand, I also really enjoyed taking Design III: Branding and Design II: Collateral Communication classes because they really helped me developing a vision that would increase my creativity in both my professional and personal projects. Last but not least, even the basic design software courses were really inspiring due to their unique structure in which I got to collaborate with colleagues and my instructors.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

I love combining my two passions, which are entertainment and design, and these inspire me to create a career that reflects this. In five years, I would love to be the founder and creative director of an agency where I get to produce entertainment production projects. I can design all of the branding materials for each project. I can also implement strategies to help other brands create a better identity while being their most authentic and creative selves.

Congratulations again, Ceylin! Check out two more of her projects below:

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