Pathways at MICA and Beyond: Hadassah Dowuona ’20

“I am a multidisciplinary designer and a 2020 MICA alumna with a joint background in graphic design and textiles / illustration. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities and connections I made at MICA, where I cultivated my skills and passion for design.”

“MICA has great opportunities, such as the Meyerhoff Internship Fellowship, which covered my living expenses while I interned at an international design studio in Ghana.

Through this internship, I sharpened my photoshop skills and constructed patterns and logos for national organizations and institutions. Additionally, my experiences with Afro cultures I had from my internship formulated the development of my senior thesis: Understanding Others and the Importance of Joy.”

“I used some of my senior thesis projects for my application to UP/Start, MICA’s campus-wide entrepreneurship competition, where I became one of the top three prize winners. Through opportunities at MICA like UP/Start, I received mentorship for my business—mentorship that provided invaluable information and advice that was not readily available online. This mentorship influenced my professional growth as a designer and an illustrator substantially. It was available through my being a student at MICA.”

“Now I work professionally as a designer serving clients from within the U.S: New York and California, to international clients from West and East Africa and Latin America.”

“Through my MICA education, I formulated the skills necessary to use design to spread joy and facilitate understanding across people from varied walks of life and cultural backgrounds—my brand’s pillars and my philosophy.”


Gallery: Hadassah Dowuona