Archive for the ‘Alumni Profile’ Category

Justin Orton

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Admissions

Justin works as a Studio Designer at Studio 121, where he coordinates construction documents. His experience with AutoCAD, Revit, and rendering techniques allows the team to clearly communicate design concepts. Thanks to Justin, clients can visualize their space and contractors have the details to accurately build it.

Justine Feldt

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Admissions

Before Justine had even graduated, she began working on several music videos and commercials for local and national clients. Since graduation, she has worked on reality televisions shows for TLC, LIFETIME, and A&E. Focusing on directing, she has made music videos for several country and christian recording acts. She most recently had the honor of directing country music icon, Dolly Parton, for her latest music video “Home“. The music video made its international premiere on VEVO’s homepage.

Sara Strese

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Admissions

In January 2013, Sara joined Applauze as senior designer, responsible for designing the mobile apps and marketing materials for the innovative event and ticketing service. Based in Nashville but a frequent flier to the company’s Mountain View, CA-headquarters, she also works on the popular Band of the Day app and assists with product development.

Hannah Masterson

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Admissions

Immediately upon graduation, Hannah landed a position as junior designer at the boutique firm Beth Haley Design in Nashville, involved in virtually all the planning, drawing and designing details as well as writing for the BHD blog and a local style publication.

Quinn Dukes

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Admissions

Within weeks of her final BFA critique, Quinn moved to New York City, determined to continue her development as a multidisciplinary performance artist. In the past six years, her work has been performed throughout New York as well as in Seattle, Boston, and in art fairs at Miami Art Basel and the New York Armory. Currently she is curator of the dB visual artist series in Dungeon Beach/Brooklyn, and is Assistant Director of Admissions at the School of Visual Art, where she is also pursuing an MFA in Art Practice.

John Henley

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Admissions

John Henley is a member of A.S.A.I. (American Society of Architectural Illustrators) and works at a Nashville architecture firm Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., in the visual/creative department, providing and creating renderings, concepts, illustrations, plans, elevations, models, perspectives, and animations for local and national projects. During an internship in 2010, he received his first publication in Architectural Record from an honorable mention in a sketch contest: “Since then it hasn’t really stopped. I stay busy all the time now.”

Julian Vaca

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Admissions

Since graduating with a concentration in film/screenwriting, Julian has published four novels. Julian‘s sophomore novel, “Running From Lions,” won the Novel Rocket Award for Best Young Adult book in 2013, and his third title, “The Surgers!” was a top pick in’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Julian‘s first three titles have been best sellers and highlighted in The Tennessean and, most recently, Nashville Nation. He currently divides his time between signings, speaking engagements, and as an instructor for A Novel Idea–an after school program that empowers middle and high schoolers to write.

Stephen Jones

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Admissions

Stephen G. Jones is a Nashville-based graphic designer and brand strategist who’s crafted award-winning creative elements for a wide range of clients including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Toyota, National Guard, and Crowned Head Cigars. After a stint with the U.S. Navy as a designer/photographer, he completed an internship at Chen Design Associates in San Francisco, California. He is now operating out of his own studio in Nashville. He’s also involved as organizer/speaker wrangler for the Nashville Chapter of the Creative Mornings, the monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community now in 84 cities around the world.

Jim Blackstock

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Admissions

After graduation, Jim began working in film and television production. He worked on seven seasons on hit U.S. TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in the camera and audio departments. Other notable shows include: Steven Seagal: Lawman, Nashville Star, Jersey Shore, The Judds, The Great Food Truck Race, Find My Family, Tattoo Highway, Kid Nation, and Gone Country 1-3. He currently lives in Berlin and produces video work on a freelance basis for strategic consulting and research agencies.

Alicia Waters

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Admissions

Since graduation, Alicia  has been one of the lead designers at Metova– a mobile app design firm. She has designed apps for Dropbox, Yelp, Slacker, eHarmony, and many more. She is also the co-owner of a local print shop called Monkey Ink Design where she has designed print posters, album artwork, and merchandise for artists such as Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Warpaint, and Jessica Lea Mayfield.