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Katrina P. (NOVA, 2023 transfer) Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)


  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - Graphic Design, scholarship $82,500.00

  • The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - Graphic Design, scholarship $39,150.00

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) - Graphic Design

1. How do you feel about your college acceptance? I’m really happy and excited about my acceptance results. When I started pursuing art only about two years ago, I didn’t have any prior knowledge about art schools nor would I have ever thought that I’d be applying to any. I also thought I wasn’t good enough to apply to one before starting at NYSA, so getting into MICA and SCAD is a great accomplishment of mine. It was really rewarding, especially with how I started.

2. Why did you choose this major? Choosing to pursue Graphic Design came up in an interesting way for me and it wasn’t really my decision at first. When I applied to college my senior year of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue. I didn’t even consider or think about fine arts because at that time I always thought I was horrible at it. I was the person to always draw horrible stick figures. I knew I wanted to be creative though because of my past of being a dancer, especially that I went to an arts high school for dance, but I knew it was going to be hard for me to continue it as a career in the future. I decided to go to community college because I still didn't know what to do and that’s when my mom suggested graphic design because of these collages I randomly designed during the pandemic and even told me about some graphic designers she knew working for big companies. She told me I should try it and I just decided to do it because it seemed like something I would actually enjoy doing after doing a little more research about it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and even had a lot of doubts to see if it was something I really wanted to do or was even good at. Little did I know though that choosing graphic design is definitely the best career choice for me because it is something I really love and enjoy to do and am always excited to learn more about. Choosing to pursue this major has given me a new experience and direction in my life that I never thought I’d see myself in. There’s a variety of different opportunities within this major and my options are always wide open for me to be able to create.

3. Who is your favorite artist? How does he/she inspire you? ​My favorite artist is a graphic designer named Jun Hong. I discovered him throughout the process of working on my branding project and he ended up becoming one of my main inspirations, especially whenever I felt stuck on some of my ideas. I also just love his overall design aesthetic. He created a music poster series that I referenced a lot and still love to appreciate now. All of his work definitely shows that there’s so much you can do being a graphic designer, so I felt more motivated and inspired to hopefully do all the things he has done in my future career, especially working with big companies like Google and Nike.

4. What is the favorite artwork that you made? Polaris, which was my branding project, is my favorite artwork that I've made. It was the project where I felt I learned the most about design and what the process of designing a brand or product would be like. I also learned a lot about myself as a designer. It’s a piece I was able to do a lot with and even though it was a long process, I had so much fun creating it. I’m very passionate about music, especially K-pop, and the fact that I was able to design a whole group and album for it was so fun. I even got to bring my designs to life and produce an actual product, which was another process within itself that I ended up enjoying and learning a lot about. I was able to design and create an experience for people to view and appreciate.

5. Do you have any advice for the new portfolio students? Yes! This is going to sound very typical but work hard. I know building and creating your portfolio can be a long and difficult process, especially when working on one piece for so long that you kind of start to get tired of it, but always push through. Everyone at NYSA is there to help you get better and become a better artist, so don’t feel discouraged if something doesn’t work out or you feel like you can’t get through it. You’re doing this because you love it and it’ll be so worth it in the end. Secondly, I would also say to always keep in mind that it's your portfolio, meaning all your ideas and how you want to express that is all from you. Creativity is something that cannot be taught and there is no one that can change that, but at the same time, also learn to be open minded to let others help you, especially to improve your ideas and your skills. Lastly, appreciate the bond that you’ll create with the teachers as well because they’re helping you so much throughout this process for you to become a better artist and get into the best schools. If it wasn’t for NYSA and the teachers there, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to apply or even get into the schools that I wanted to. I also wouldn’t have been able to improve as much as I’ve had.

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