What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art back in 2010. I knew I wanted to pursue a Masters degree, but I couldn’t decide on any particular program. Eventually, I discovered Web Design, and was immediately drawn to the idea of combining both my right-brained interest in logic and solving problems, and my left-brain interests in art and creativity.

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

Since I was a studio art major, I was already aware of design principles, but in my classes I have learned how to implement those with a whole new medium. I learned how to use the Adobe Creative Suite effectively. I also learned enough to finally create a functional portfolio site from scratch! Finishing that website was probably my most exciting moment so far.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

I actually designed a marketing campaign for a new product for my company as the final project for VIC5325, and handed it over to the marketing manager. He is using parts of it as they launch the product.

What are your career aspirations?

I want to be able to use design in my every day work. Eventually, I’m looking to do freelance work exclusively (isn’t that everyone’s dream?), but since I had little design experience prior to entering the program, I’m looking forward to an internship and working for a corporation for a little while.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

That’s hard to say. I’m proud of everything I’ve done so far in the program. Not because it was all great, but because I worked hard and tried my best, and it all represents growth and learning. I was able to help create a logo for my uncle’s startup after my first semester–that was a proud moment.

Caity O'Connor

Caity O’Connor

Class of 2018

Sandy, UT

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