I was taught discipline; how to manage deadlines; how to handle constructive criticism. Above all, PCA&D allowed me to develop as an artist. The close-knit community encourages open discussion. In "critiques", as we called them, we established a well-balanced respect for growth of our projects, which allowed our ideas to blossom into final statements and visual expression. I learned to allow other artists, as well as my instructors and fellow students to influence my artwork. The technical skills that I developed at PCA&D have allowed me to become successful in the field in which I studied.