The following individuals are adjunct faculty and others currently scheduled to teach during the Fall 2016 semester. NCAD reserves the right to substitute or otherwise change instructor assignments as needed.
Erica teaches various classes in the Design area of concentration within the program, including Graphic Design 1.
Erica is a 1999 graduate of NCAD and is pleased to return as faculty. She has enjoyed a career as a successful designer and illustrator at Whitney Design in Olympia for over 13 years where she gets to work with a wide variety of clients including the Washington State Arts Commission, Intercity Transit, IDD Aerospace, Thurston County Environmental Resources, Harlequin Productions, and dozens of other businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. Working in a small firm has allowed her to develop significant experience in every facet of the design process; knowledge she feels is essential for NCAD grads to possess in today’s job market. She is a typography nerd and lover of all things print.
In addition to her “regular day job,” Erica volunteers her creative talents for SafePlace Olympia and also teaches drawing classes in the Puyallup School District, fueling the artistic spark in children. When she’s not being an industrious designer, she’s on the go in the great outdoors with her best friends: her handsome husband and their two perfect daughters.
Georgia teaches various classes in the Foundation classes and Graphic Design area of concentration within the program, including Survey of Digital Art Applications.
Georgia received a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature from the University of California, Riverside CA. She has also completed a number of Adobe Software training courses in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver.
Her work experience includes instructor and Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center, as well as Cultural Events/Publications/Public Relations Coordinator, Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation. There she coordinates all aspects of event planning , media relations, and district publication for the Park District. While there she has produced catalogs, website, promotional materials, video presentations, park interpretive signage, district documents and other related documents.
Dan teaches various classes in the General Education area of the program, including Psychology.
Dan has functioned as a vocational counselor as part of a Refugee Assistance Program working with Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and other refugee populations. He has provided individual and group counseling for court- referred “drug diversion” and DUI offender populations. He has worked within county mental health systems for over 13 years, as child mental health specialist, resource manager, and clinical supervisor.
In private practice as a psychologist her has performed psychological assessments, evaluations for Disability/Social Security claimants, and provided therapy services to a diverse client population that included children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families.
He has been a Psychology instructor for over 15 years (General Psychology, Human Development, Biological Psychology, Critical Thinking, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Introduction to Counseling Theory; Counseling Techniques and Practice).
Wyatt teaches classes in the Technical/Occupational area within the program, including Motion Design.
Wyatt has worked in the industry for over 10 years in a number of roles, including Video Content Manager, Senior Designer, Art Director, Director of Video Production, Senior Designer (Animator), and Production Designer for companies that include Fluid Nine, Mars Hill Church, Streambox, Inc., IndieFlix, Genelex Corp., Porkchop Screen Printing, and Nordstrom.
Julius teaches various classes in multiple areas of the program, including Visual Storytelling, Principles of Sales, and numerous others.
Born in the Midwest, raised in Southern California, after graduate school Julius spent the first part of his professional career working for advertising agencies and design agencies in places like Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Santa Monica, and San Diego.
It has been through his creative work for companies and clients both local and global in scale that he has accumulated diverse advertising design, print design, web design, illustration, and design production experience, and has developed his knowledge of effective business practices, first a designer, then as an art director, and finally as the independent owner and creative principal of jfinleydesign.
He received his B.A. in Art from California State University in Long Beach, California and his M.F.A. degrees in Illustration and in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Izabela teaches various classes in the General Education and Technical/Occupational areas of the program, including Survey of Illustration, Art Introduction, and Illustration 1.
On January 21, 2013 earnedher Ph.D. in Art History at The Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. She completed a doctoral dissertation “Rafal Olbinski. Creation in Sphere of Graphic Design and Painting, 1969 – 2005” under the direction of prof. Andrzej K. Olszewski. Her dissertation was a result of an extensive study of artwork created by Rafal Olbinski and other Polish artists living and working in New York since 1981, when marshal law was imposed in Poland, forcing them to stay abroad. It significantly contributes to research on Polish contemporary émigré art, which is vastly undocumented, and yet directly connected to the Polish School of Posters, internationally recognized trend in graphic arts. During her over a decade long stay in New York she had a unique opportunity to work with Mr. Olbinski, observe his creative process, and work with iconic institutions like The Society of Illustrator or The National Arts Club.
In addition to her art history education and training she also has a long experience in fine arts. After completing her MFA, with specialization in fine arts education, in Poland in 1996, she has continued her artistic work, which included continuing education studies at School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League of New York.
She has worked as a Gallery Assistant at the George Billis Gallery in New York and as a PR Coordinator for Red Dot Art Fair, an international art fair taking place in New York and Miami during the Art Basel week. Among her job responsibilities was the development and maintenance of partnerships with artists, galleries, the media, art institutions and museums resulting in a successful event. She was also responsible for writing press releases and introductions to catalogs accompanying the events.
Derek teaches various classes in the Foundation and Technical/Occupational areas of the program, including 2D Design Theory and Visual Development.
Derek earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. After graduating Derek returned to the family business, where he eventually became the manager of the custom frame shop. He was inspired further by working with so many great Maine artists like Andrew Wyeth, Alan Magee, Jeff Colquhoun, and many more. Derek and his wife moved to the Seattle area in 2003. It was here that his fascination with two major subjects began: Wine & Pacific Northwest Salmon. In addition to his artwork, Derek also manages an art supply & custom framing store, Artists’ Edge in Poulsbo. Derek also teaches drawing, watercolors, and acrylic painting in a variety of settings in addition to Artists’ Edge.
Joe teaches various classes in the Foundation classes and Photography areas of concentration within the program, including Imagery and Design.
Joe earned his BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah Georgia. He has professional experience as
a self-employed photographer specializing in Architectural Photography, large format and view camera photography. He also has professional experience as a Graphic Designer and custom wood-worker.
Troy teaches various classes in the Foundation area, and various Technical/Occupational classes, including Typography.
Troy has spent the last 20 years working in almost every part of the design world, from quick print shops and service bureaus to high- end design studios. From table tents to annual reports to corporate web sites to environmental signage, he is a veritable Swiss Army knife of knowledge and experience.
He has worked at Hornall Anderson Design Works, Methodologie (Team Design), Werkhaus, with Microsoft in their Entertainment Business Unit, and on projects for such companies as Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft Merchandising, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Mahulum Architects, K2, Nintendo of America, King County, Seattle Water, the King County Commission for Marketing Recycled Materials, Microsoft Press, Immunex, NeoRx, Corporate Council for the Arts, Quadrant Homes, and Pacific Rim Resources.
Teresa teaches classes in the General Education area within the program, including Popular Culture.
She earned her master’s degree in communications (media management) at Washington State University and her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Gonzaga University. After college, Teresa had the opportunity to study at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies under a fellowship for recent graduates. She currently teaches part time and advises a student newspaper at an area community college.
Teresa enjoys investigating tends in popular culture and the media. In particular, she studies how society and the media interact or mirror one another. She has worked as a print newspaper reporter and editor, a graphic designer, and a community newsletter editor. Teresa enjoys spending time begin outdoors and learning from others’ experiences.
John teaches classes in the General Education area within the program, including English Composition and Creative Writing.
John has a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing from the University of Colorado, Denver. He has taught at the University of Colorado, Denver as well as at Vincennes University. In addition to teaching at NCAD this Fall semester, he currently teaches English Composition and Technical Writing at the Tacoma Community College.
Luc teaches various classes in the Motion Design and Entertainment Art area of concentration within the program, including Model Texturing.
Luc Martin is a traditional and digital artist who has been working in the Seattle area since 2007. As a character artist in the video game industry for Midway and later WB Games, he contributed to multi-platform titles including “This Is Vegas” and “Lord of the Rings: The War in the North.” Luc was one of several artists to contribute to the children’s book “The Smartest Little Artist” which was published in 2008. In 2010 he served as Director for the first iD Gaming Academy hosted at the University of Washington by iD Tech Camps and taught 3D Modeling for Games to campers.
John teaches classes in the Technical/Occupational area within the program, including Model Shading and Lighting.
Michael has worked in Entertainment Industry for over 15 years. His work includes 3D modeling, Environment Artist, Creature Artist for companies including Golden Goose Games, Fever Pitch Studios, InfiniteZ, and most recently at Zombie Studios.
He is also the author of a number of books on Maya, including The Game Artist’s Guide to Maya (2005), The Game Animator’s Guide to Maya (2006), and Maya Studio Project: Game Environments and Props (2010).
In addition to teaching, he currently hosts an an online tutorial video series on YouTube called The Maya Toolbelt.
Susan teaches various classes in the Foundation and Illustration area of concentration within the program, including Drawing 1 an College Success Strategies.
Susan is originally from Southern California, with a professional background in graphic design and illustration. She has worked for a variety of design studios before opening her own studio, Windsor Graphics in Rancho Cucumonga, CA. Moving to the Northwest, Susan earned her BFA in Fine Art at Northwest College of Art, now NCAD, and her MFA in Traditional Illustration from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Susan is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) as well as the AIGA.