Meet Casey Capece: Graphic Design Student Ambassador

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Casey Capece, a junior Graphic Design major from Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, MD, is our featured student ambassador of the week. Casey was attracted to PCA&D because of its affordable cost, the program and curriculum, and how close it is to her Maryland home.

She enjoys her role as a student ambassador, especially helping guide other possible students because the decision process can be hard and stressful.

Casey was surprised by Lancaster’s diversity and describes PCA&D’s home town as “A neat place, lots of art around, but very close to the countryside, too. It has practically everything.”

Some of Casey’s thoughts:

Art by Casey Capece

Art by Casey Capece

What words of wisdom would you share with a prospective student?

“Pay attention and take good notes, and above all treat every project as a portfolio piece.”

When giving a tour what is one thing you are sure to describe?

“How close the students and faculty are and how small the student-faculty ratio is.”

Share an experience that impacted your understanding of the creative industry.

“I took a field trip (with the Graphic Design Department for the annual SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL) to Women’s Day and Entertainment Weekly and the publication industry is VERY fast-paced, more than what I thought.”

Which professor impacted you the most?

Professor Scullin, who taught me so much in drawing. I never really enjoyed it because I found it hard, but now I have gained the skill to draw from him and from Professor Mammarella.”

When were you inspired by another student?

“Everyone has different tastes and has done different things. I see people here who have done things that I want to try artistically, and I can just ask them.”

Art by Casey Capece

Art by Casey Capece

What activity at PCA&D will you always remember?

DESIGNATHON!” (The 24-hour Designathon is an annual event held by the college’s American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA) that provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large.)

What single tip would you tell an incoming student?

“Join a club!”

As a sophomore, Casey won first place for her “Marathon for a Marathon” event poster to benefit victims of the Boston marathon bombing that she entered in The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) 2015 Student Design Competition, The PIZZAZZ of Print!