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Design Prep: MFA Thesis by Patrice Anderson

24 Jan , 2018  

Patrice N. Anderson is a recent Jacksonville State University Visual Communication Design M.F.A. graduate. Her thesis show Design Prep, focused on local outreach to high school students interested in art and design. Patrice organized a summer camp to give high students an opportunity to experience first hand what a career in design has to offer.


The 2017 Design Prep Camp was a pilot program created for her thesis project research, but she hopes to continue to host the camp every summer to introduce and connect the area’s abundant resources of art and design students, educators, and working designers with interested high school students. She partnered with Anniston Council on the Arts & Humanities, JSU’s AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) student group, and local professional writers and designers to help the week-long camp.


While Patrice’s early professional work focused on interactive design and web development, her graduate studies helped push her into new visual outlets such as cyanotype and surface design (pattern making.) Her work with high school students interested in art and graphic design fueled her thesis topic on mentorship, and she plans to teach university-level graphic/web design.

Visit the following websites to see Patrice’s thesis and personal work.

Thesis website:
Personal website: