Holly Agundes

Keep an open mind. Holly Agundes , Graphic Design Instructor
, The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

After taking a computer science class, I realized I could never work in a traditional business environment. I had to do something with art.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

My Graphic Symbolism class is learner-centered and eclectic, yet focused. It’s designed to allow students to explore their own individual style while they create a marketable piece.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Collaboration helps create awareness of other industries...each discipline relates to the other, and these connections can carry on beyond the classroom.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

I impart confidence, awareness, and hopefully the ability to laugh and learn from one's mistakes.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Keep an open mind.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I welcome any student, and any prospective student, to come sit in on my classes.