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William Niu

Alumnus William Niu '12 outside of the Nickelodeon studios in Burbank, CA

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Class of 2012

William Niu '12 (illustration) has worked at Nickelodeon in its Burbank, California, offices since 2012 as a background designer for the television show The Legend of Korra.

One of his duties is to "make sure all the backgrounds hook up to each other and are consistent," he explained. Niu considers his time at MICA to be instrumental in his ability to adapt to the professional environment at Nickelodeon and to feel confident he is equipped to succeed.

"The Illustration Department was very helpful, not only in terms of what I learned, but I think institutionally MICA is one of the greatest art schools for my field," he said.

Niu also said MICA gave him another edge. "I was fortunate enough to have a class full of like-minded people. We pushed each other and gave each other information, so a lot of stuff I learned was not only from school, but also my friends."