Meet Our Students & Faculty
Thank you for your interest in the School of Design at Stevenson University—the place on campus for creative communications across media and materials: from fabric to film to Facebook. Students in the School of Design majoring in Business Communications, Fashion Design, Film and Moving Image, and Visual Communication Design are prepared to pursue careers in innovative fields ranging from advertising, art direction, and public relations to cinematography, costume design, motion pictures, or motion graphics.
While there are wide-ranging options to choose from in the School of Design, there is a unique focus on human-centered problem solving taught in inspired project-based learning environments.
In small classes, expert faculty get to know student’s individual goals and aspirations so they may guide them in the direction of their dreams, while providing the skills and foundations necessary to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground. The rigorous curriculum in all programs provides students with opportunities to put theory into practice, applying theoretical principles, emerging technologies, and business acumen to their professional projects and internship experiences.
I invite you to learn more about our excellent programs and the passionate and successful students and faculty in the School of Design at Stevenson University.
Amanda Gingery Hostalka, MFA
Dean, School of Design
When asked about his major, Breönté Martez points out the sense of community and professional focus within the visual communication design department. “Everyone is extremely supportive of one another and the professors add to that by pushing students to establish themselves as working professionals.”
Outside the classroom, Breönté interned at MTV Network/Viacom in New York City. “It was a lot of hard work and it challenged me as a designer to continuously produce my absolute best.”
He was also named “Mr. Stevenson University” for his academic achievements, professional development, campus involvement, and community efforts.
For Katie Shelton, finding a university that offered small classes with a personalized experience to study film and video was a top priority.“Stevenson University was the answer,” she says. Katie also completed a minor in art. “My favorite part about this major at SU is that I got to be hands-on all the time. I was able to access equipment for projects inside and outside of class.” Katie completed an internship with Professional Sound Services in New York City and freelances as a photographer and production sound mixer.
SU’s Fashion Design program is what drew Mary Katherine to Stevenson. “It focuses on technical design, meaning we learn to produce garments made to the industry standard. Everything we learn is geared toward making us better designers and, ultimately, gaining a career,” says Mary Katherine.
In fact, her favorite professor has had firsthand experience in the fashion industry. “Her knowledge of design is unparalleled as she has worked for the House of Dior, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent. She is incredibly knowledgeable, creative, and encouraging,” explains Mary Katherine.
For Katie Foster, the versatility of the business communication major was key in her education. “I’ve studied marketing, management, consumer behavior, conflict, communications, and design. I feel like I’ve done a little bit of everything!”
Katie is now building her career, which started off with a job offer from her senior year internship site. Through networking, Katie is now working with a wedding planning and event design company, where she is enjoying carrying out the visions of bridal clients.
For Megan, the devoted education department was what drew her to Stevenson. “My favorite part about being an Elementary Education major is the dedication of the education professors, the sense of community within the major, and the friendships I have made with my peers. Whenever you have a concern or just need to talk to someone you can count on anyone in the education department to be there to help you.”
Megan looks forward to her career after she graduates. “I am very passionate about teaching others and am so excited to become a teacher.”
After six years in the US Navy, Joshua found his new niche at Stevenson. “I feel at home. It’s like I was always supposed to be here.”
Between spending time with his wife and three daughters and serving as Senior Vice-President of Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honor Society, Joshua has learned how to balance his school and personal life. Although it can be tough to be away from his family while at school, Joshua explains, “The classroom and students are what makes me remember why I have to keep going and finish my degree. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve made a difference.”
As a sophomore, Samantha had already completed two internships. “The School of Education at Stevenson is unlike any other. As an Early Childhood Education major, I was able to intern in my freshman year, while many other schools do not allow you to work in a school until your junior year. I have worked in two different schools with different age groups. These experiences has really allowed me to see if teaching is the right profession for me.”
“I love everything about Stevenson, but if I had to choose one thing, I would say the opportunities being placed in front of me in the Public History major. As a sophomore, I have already had the great pleasure of being able to find out what my true passions are through not only in classroom experience but also through history related volunteer experience.”
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