Alumni Update With Maria

So much thought goes into a design, all starting with the idea a designer creates in his or her head. The font, size, and typeface of your favorite Children’s book was thought out and printed after careful thought and many different sketches. The time and effort alumni Maria puts in to her work really pays off when she is finished with a project. Read below about her favorite parts about Marywood, and how her education helped her find her style.


Graduation year: 2016

Major: Graphic Design

Clubs/involvements: Zeta Phi Delta,  Marywood University Women’s Field Hockey Team

Current Occupation: I currently am doing freelance for a company and others. I am also the new Varsity Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Fayetteville Manlius High School.

1) What was your favorite part about Marywood?

There were many different parts about Marywood that were my favorite. I especially loved that I had the opportunity to be a student athlete. Being a student athlete allowed me to focus on enhancing my graphic design skills as well as becoming a better field hockey player. I believe that being a student and an athlete helped develop many new skills and creative thinking.

2) Any advice for current art students at Marywood?

Always take chances and create something that you’re passionate about. Don’t stop working on a design project until you are 110% happy with it.

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

My art education at Marywood helped my career by helping me find my design style. My design style has been well appreciated by people and so this allows me to do freelance for them and express my artwork into a design.

4) What is your favorite part about your career? 

I love the overall process of coming up with a design. My favorite part of my job is first coming up with a concept and then executing it into a design and seeing that come to life whether it’s on the web or in print.

5) What is your most and least favorite design software?

I really enjoy working on children related projects because that’s when I feel my style comes out the strongest. I have the creativity to come up with unique illustrations and execute the project in a way that everyone can enjoy while looking at my work.

Be sure to check out her portfolio pieces at

Featured Images courtesy of Maria


UNDERGRADUATE: Marywood’s graphic design program incorporates the study of design and type, conceptual development, design history, research, studio technique, and strategies for problem-solving. Class critiques and discussions are emphasized. Students will explore web design, interactive design, publication design, package design, corporate identity, typography and self promotion. During the junior and senior years, students will apply their knowledge and skills through internships and real design projects. The goal is to provide each student with the environment and support in which to develop a professional visual portfolio. LEARN MORE

GRADUATE: 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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