Alumni Stories: Jennifer Nastasi

Jennifer Nastasi is one of many Marywood’s successful alumni. Seeing what she thinks about Marywood will be informative for all graphic designers.

Jennifer Nastasi

HeadshotGraduation Year: 2014

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Art History

Marywood Clubs/Activities: SACI Alumni, Dance Company, Service Trips – Louisiana & Guatemala, SEARCH XXII, Women’s Group Leader

Current Occupation: Business Owner – Founder & Designer

As an undergraduate art student, you might not know where you are going to end up. It helps to see someone who has successfully entered the working world.

When asked about Marywood and her current job Jennifer’s response was positive on both accounts. Read how Marywood led her to her current job.

1.What was your favorite part about studying art at Marywood?

I loved the critiques after every project. It challenged my designs and the way I presented my work and myself. It was nice being able to bounce ideas and suggestions off of each other all in hopes that each classmate was creating their best work. I also loved the small classes. They allowed me to gain some amazing friends, some of which are still a huge part of my life today!

2. Any advice for current art students at Marywood?

My advice for current art students would be to explore all types of art and mediums, take every creative opportunity that comes your way and keep an open mind during your time at Marywood. It’s the perfect time to do so! You will find that certain classes, creative experiences or mediums aren’t for you, and that’s perfectly fine! It will only help lead you to what you love most and what field you’d like to go into after graduation.

3.How did your art education at Marywood help your career?

My art education at Marywood ultimately leads me to a successful career – being able to do exactly what I love doing every day. The faculty is truly amazing and always led me in the right direction if I ever had any questions, doubts or fears about the future. If someone told me that one day I’d have my own creative business specializing in hand lettering, I would have never believed him. They taught me pretty much everything I know about graphic design and typography, having had very little to no previous design experience in my life. I feel very fortunate for the experience I had at Marywood.

4.What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love the clients I get to meet and work with. It’s amazing being able to hear their ideas and then bring them to life. And of course, doing what I love to do every day is a huge added bonus!

Being a graphic design major myself, it helps to see what Jennifer had to say about Marywood and what she is doing with her degree. I encourage everyone to visit Jennifer’s website for more information:


UNDERGRADUATE: Our graphic design program at Marywood will introduce you to a variety of design disciplines. Conceptual development, technical skills and professionalism are emphasized. Students have the opportunity to work independently, with partners, in small groups, with professionals in the field and real clients. Regular class critiques and portfolio reviews are stressed throughout the program. LEARN MORE

GRADUATE: The Master of Fine Arts is a 60-credit program designed to provide professional emphasis for persons with an intense commitment to their art who intend to become serious professional artists and/or would like to teach at the college level. There are four areas of concentration: 2-D, 3-D, Graphic Design, and Illustration. In the 2-D area, students may work in the following media: painting, photography, or printmaking. In the 3-D area, students may concentrate in ceramics or sculpture, working with a variety of media. LEARN MORE

Our “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA Program in Design and Illustration offers a rare opportunity to receive personal, hands-on training from leaders in the design and illustration fields. Working with designers, illustrators, and other art professionals is the easiest and most effective way to learn how to produce career-advancing work and obtain your MFA degree. LEARN MORE

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