Graphic+Media Design Graduates

What can you do with a BFA degree in Graphic + Media Design? Here’s where just a few of our recent graduates have ended up…

Jessica Lucia
(2015)

Graphic Designer
Smith & Jones Marketing Agency
Troy, NY

“Sage became my home and my family. I feel fortunate to have attended such an amazing program with awesome faculty. It is hard to put into words the impact Sage had on me, but it is a time I will always cherish. I wouldn’t be the designer I am today if it wasn’t for the GMD faculty. They believe in you until you believe in yourself. The GMD faculty are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever had in my life, and I will be forever grateful for them and the experience they gave me.”

Krystal Hinckley
(2015)

Designer/Social Media Marketing
Upside Collective
Albany, NY

“Sage opened me up to so many amazing opportunities and experiences that I believe truly helped shape me into the designer and person I am today. With the support and guidance of the GMD faculty, I was able to conquer things I never imagined I would, leaving me with some of my most fond memories.”

Adam Hitchcock
(2016)

Graphic Designer/Animator
Content Enablers
Saratoga Springs, NY

“Honestly, I thought art school was going to be full of pretentious, back-stabbing classmates and judgmental, degrading faculty, lording over their classrooms. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Sage is a family. The culture of support is extended from faculty and staff throughout the student body. Everyone is there to help each other succeed and that mantra is proliferated by graduates as they make their mark on the graphic design community.”

Ariel Smullen
(2014)

Project Coordinator
Mohawk Paper
Cohoes, NY

“My time at Sage was cut way too short. It is hard to put into words the amount of knowledge, inspiration, confidence and support I’ve gained from just being there two years. I can truly say that I would not be the designer or person I am today if it wasn’t for Sage.”

Jason Carnegie
(2015)

Marketing Specialist
The Wercs, a Division of UL
Albany, NY

“My time at Sage was fantastic. I walked into the GMD program as a shy, quiet guy but through all of the opportunities and experiences Sage offers, it truly shaped the designer and person I have become. The entire community wants you to succeed, and you can feel it. With so many great memories it was tough seeing my time at Sage come to end. Dr. Seuss said it best, Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Jordan McClendon
(2011)

Creative Director
Content Enablers
Saratoga Springs, NY

“Sage for me, was the perfect environment for discovering both what it is I wanted to do professionally, and ultimately what I would find myself enjoying for the rest of my life.”

Ben Exterkamp
(2014)

Motion & Graphic Designer
Studio 132
Albany, NY

“Sage is a tight-knit community where the professors genuinely care about their students and give them the tools necessary to be successful in the professional world. Deciding to study there was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. “

Jared Schafer
(2014)

Designer/Motion Graphics
Upside Collective
Albany, NY

“Sage is a family. It supports and aids you as you learn and grow, and then sends you into the world proud and prepared.”

Michelle Hebert
(2013)

Print Marketing Designer
Lonely Planet Publications
Nashville, TN

“Sage College of Albany provided me with a rewarding scholarship program, amazing study abroad experience, extensive design education, and the ability to apply my skills in the real world.”

Jonathan Hussar
(2011)

Graphic Designer
Modern Marketing Concepts INC.
Binghamton, NY

“Sage afforded me the opportunity to get a top tier design education with the benefits of small class sizes. The professors at Sage are second to none and were an integral part to my professional success.”

Christine Woods
(2014)

Freelance Graphic Designer
Opelousas, Louisiana

“I entered the GMD program at Sage as a “nontraditional”—i.e., decades older—transfer student wanting to change careers. Never have I felt so at home in school, but more importantly, the department’s comprehensive, focused curriculum and brilliant, passionate, devoted, caring faculty thoroughly prepared me for the professional world of graphic design. To be sure, the work was intense, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

Brittany Button
(2007)

Production Designer
YARD NYC
New York, NY

“The time I spent at Sage was exciting, fun, terrifying, etc. For that I am forever grateful. The guidance and education I received helped me land a job in Advertising just one month after graduating and I have been in the industry ever since. Not too shabby, Sage. “

Neil Ward
(2007)

Asst. Professor, Graphic Design
Drake Universtiy
Des Moines, IA

“Going to Sage meant there were professors who were invested in my learning. Who were available to help and to mentor me through class projects, internships, job opportunities and career advice. These relationships have lasted past graduation into my professional career.”

Ron Gibbons
(2012)

Junior Designer
C42D Creative
Queens, NY

“The great professors and diverse program really prepared me for my career in the graphic design field. The small classes allow you to develop close relationships with the professors and classmates making the learning experience extremely collaborative and personal.”

Michael Rivette
(2009)

Designer
Upside Collective
Albany, NY

“Of all of the things I got while at Sage, the most important thing I learned was the power of networking. Without that, I wouldn’t be working where I am today.”

Jason Zigrino
(2012)

Freelance Visual + Motion Designer
Zigrino Visual
Central NY

“Sage is not merely a school, it’s a community where I developed and thrived, absorbing the teachings and honing my skills. Sage didn’t simply prepare me for the design world. It propelled me to the forefront of modern design.”

Steve Osuchowski
(2007)

Graphic Designer
Digital X-Press
Albany, NY

“The Art program at Sage gave the tools and inspiration for my career. Great friends that I remain close to this day, and direction and purpose to my life.”

Leo Valenchis
(2012)

Lead Designer
No Name Sign Co.
Troy, NY

“I came to Sage with fragmented career goals and an outdated state of mind. I left with clarity and the newest version of Adobe CS.”

Lindsey Wood
(2013)

Graphic Designer
IAPP
Portsmouth, NH

“My experience at Sage was amazing. Not only did I learn the necessary skills to become a designer and photographer, but I gained so much confidence in myself and my work from my fellow students and the incredible professors that I had when I was there. The connection that I had with the small group of people in my classes made for the best four years I could have asked for.”

Christopher Galindez
(2012)

Artist/Designer II
New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Albany, NY

“I wouldn’t be the artist or graphic designer I am now if it wasn’t for the excellent Graphic + Media Design faculty at Sage.”

Kat Dahlgren
(2013)

Freelance Graphic Designer
Price Chopper Supermarkets, Golub Corp.
Rotterdam, NY

“Whenever someone asks I describe my years at Sage as the best years of my life. I was challenged as an artist and coached to think like a designer. I was able to mold my need to create into something technical and multifaceted that I now use everyday.”

Matt Stipano
(2007)

Graphic Designer
J. Crew
New York, NY

“Sage is where graphic design clicked for me, and I started to think about design in a conceptual way.”

John Patacsil
(2014)

Graphic Designer
News10 ABC
Albany, NY

“Sage College of Albany was an adventure I will never forget. Within my four years, Sage was like a small family. The professors were very supportive, always pushing me in the right direction and preparing me for the world ahead. I have gained a lot more confidence in myself and my work.”

Brooks Bartelotte
(2008)

Project Manager, Marketing
Shift4 Corportation
Las Vegas, NV

“Sage is a provider. What I’ve learned from the Sage community, its curriculum, and incredible staff continues to provide for myself and my family each and every day. Thanks, Sage! “

Larissa Stuts
(2012)

Graphic Designer
Thornwillow Press, Ltd.
Newburgh, NY

“I knew from the start of my college career that being a graphic designer is what I wanted to be. What I didn’t know is where I wanted to fit in. Sage helped guide me through all sorts of mediums like printmaking, bookbinding, interactive, publication, and much more. By being able to take all these classes with professors who had experience with each type of design, I was able to find a place in Graphic Design that I love!”

Alexandra Farina
(2013)

Instructional Designer
ConServe
Rochester, NY

“My four years at Sage not only gave me the skills to produce a unique and awesome portfolio of work, but also gave me the education and confidence to be the designer that I am today. You never really know where you’re going to end up after college but Sage has created a program that prepares you for anything.”

Lindsay Clark
(2014)

Studio Services/Freelance
Fingerpaint
Saratoga Springs, NY

“I will always be grateful for my time at Sage and with the GMD faculty. It was incredibly valuable, challenging, and such an amazing experience. I walked away with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the creative field, and an extraordinary group of people – fellow students and faculty – that I can always turn to. I’m proud to be part of Sage’s tight-knit community where I had some of the best and most memorable times of my life.”

Kristina Allen
(2005)

Lead Graphic Designer
Twin Oaks Software Development
Berlin, CT

“One thing I loved about going to Sage was the class sizes and attention the faculty gave to the students. If you had a question or concern they where there to help. There were quite a few classes at sage, in both art and design that have had a huge impact in my design work through the years.”

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