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Noelle Karman

Environmental Design

2nd Term

In what ways has Art Center helped you grow as a designer?
Studying at Art Center has helped me see that the best way to become good, or better, at something is to just do it. There are so many projects that you must attempt here, and half of the time I am certain I will fail—but usually I am pleasantly surprised by my end results.

Has your view of the role of art and design changed since coming to Art Center?
Yes, definitely. Before, I did not have a full concept of what is affected by design. I now see that design encompasses an immense amount of the world—and that means that there are endless possibilities for a career.

What has been your favorite class at Art Center?
I love the diversity of my studio classes. So much material is covered and the pace is quick; I never get bored. My graphics class this term is good too. I am just learning the concept of graphics, and it's turning out to be a lot of fun.

Have you found any Art Center faculty member or lecture particularly inspirational or thought provoking?
Every instructor I have had at Art Center has been inspiring. They are all so knowledgeable and extremely giving with their time. I am continuously amazed at the relevancy of each project or assignment. I don't think the term “busy work” exists at Art Center.

What is the most challenging aspect of studying art and design in general?
Everything is a challenge—that's why it is fun! Studying art and design, especially at Art Center, gives you the ability to push yourself as far as you can go. Admittedly, sometimes it can make you a little crazy. But in the end it is amazingly rewarding.

When you are not in school or studying, what do you like to do around L.A. or Pasadena?
I like food! Los Angeles and Pasadena have so many good places to eat. There are also great museums, both large and small. Bookstores, beaches, mountains, lectures—L.A. seems to have endless possibilities when it comes to things to do.

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