After attending the Cleveland Institute of Art for two years, Tim Collins ’13 transferred to MICA because he was impressed by the writings of Ellen Lupton, the director of MICA’s Center for Design Thinking and co-director of the MFA in Graphic Design program.
“I visited MICA in the spring of 2011 and immediately knew it was the right fit for me,” he said.
Since then, Collins has immersed himself in the Baltimore art scene, soaking up all the knowledge faculty members have imparted and learning from all the artists around him.
“The best part of coming to MICA has been being surrounded by like-minded people who ended up becoming friends and future collaborators,” he said. “The house I live in now has six of my closest friends. We are constantly making, thinking, and discussing new ideas in art and design.”
This past summer, he interned with Method Inc., an international design firm based in New York. There, he worked on projects for brands such as ING DIRECT, Panasonic Corporation of North America, and NBBJ, an architectural firm.
“I left with a great knowledge of interaction models, interface details, and research-based design,” he said. Always one to embrace all life has to offer, “I was also taught the fine craft of karaoke,” he added.
As his time at MICA comes to an end, Collins already has his next step lined up. He’ll be headed back to New York, this time working with design whiz Eddie Opara at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy.
In the end, Collins is glad he made the move from Cleveland to Baltimore. “The faculty and resources are phenomenal,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade the MICA experience for the world.”