Art School Reviews

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Dave Haggblad

Graphic Design & Web Development grad

“As a mature student, I had a fair bit of experience with websites and creating print pieces, but I knew there were some large holes in my skill set. When I reviewed Centre for Arts and Technology’s program, it offered a solid core of the technical skills I wanted to learn, but also touch on areas like photography, video, audio, law, and otherwise, that are complimentary skills that I can now offer to my graphic design clients.

My favourite part of the program – and that which you can’t get by just learning design programs on your own – was the interaction with other like-minded students. The school attracts such a wide variety of people with different skills and interested, and it was amazingly powerful to interact with my classmates on projects. Getting opinions, providing feedback, and working together allowed me to create projects that were greater than the sum of the techniques used to create them.

Since graduating, I have been freelancing under my own company, Digital Ink Media. I initially thought I would like to work at a larger agency, but the program helped me decide that freelancing was the way to go for me. I always listened carefully to the industry advice given by my instructors, including growing my network and getting involved in community projects. This has allowed me to build my business straight out of school and has really paid off!

Dave Haggblad, Graphic Design Alumni

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Alanna O’Brien

“My overall experience at CATO was amazing. Everything from my peers to the curriculum to the teachers made my year and a half there an unforgettable experience. CATO offered me such a variety of skills that my resume stood out from other graphic designers. Never settle for just “good enough” and keep learning.”

Alanna O’Brien, Graphic Design Alumni

Natasha Diiuorio

“I signed a contract for a full-time graphic design position before I had even graduated. I took on tutoring, and becoming a teaching assistant to the program, as well as took on many freelance projects. I am now in the work force doing what I love, and I have honestly been able to say that I feel like I do not work. I just create – and that is what I went to CATO for. It was life changing, and the best decision I have ever made.”

– Natasha Diiuorio, Graphic Design Alumni

Chelsea Kuhn

“Having teachers who currently work in the industry not only made the classes extremely relevant, but also allowed us to form connections within the industry before leaving school.”

– Chelsea Kuhn, 3D Animation Alumni

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Paul Moser

“Choosing CATO for 2D Animation was one of the best decisions of my life. CATO motivated me and pushed my potential as an artist through fun but challenging assignments using all the latest software. I met all my best friends there, some incredibly gifted artists, and teachers I now call colleagues and friends. CATO also gave me the tools and opportunity to land a job in a world class animation studio, Yeti Farm, by developing my professional skills along with my technical skills and putting me in contact with big names in the industry. Most importantly it let me realize the dream: building a successful career and life doing what I love.”

Paul Moser, 2D Animation & Digital Art Alumni

Melissa Brooks

“My instructors gave me real world advice and exercises to ensure I was prepared for the industry. Student Success has continued to support me in my career, even 4 years later! Everyone wants you to succeed!”

– Melissa Brooks, Network Security Alumni

Cassidy Stober

“CAT really pushes you to present your best work. It taught me to always keep reaching for more creative solutions, innovate with new materials and to put the clients’ needs above everything else.”

– Cassidy Stober, Interior Design Alumni

Jordan Marlin

“I’ve worked on ‘TED Talks’, I was a video engineer for the ‘Oxford Stomp’ at the Calgary Stampede, and I was the handheld cameraman on ‘Siggraph 2018’ (biggest Tech conference in North America). I was also key grip on ‘The Nature of Things’ with David Suzuki. CAT gave me the tools to succeed in my industry, as well as an iron-clad confidence that the stories I have to tell will be listened to.”

– Jordan Marlin, Digital Filmmaking Alumni

Simarjot Kaur

“I had a marvelous experience during my time as an International Student at Centre for Arts and Technology. Sometimes, students in other institutes do not get personal attention in improving their weaknesses, but at Centre for Arts and Technology, every staff member gives their full attention to the students and assists them with personal growth, while pushing the students to establish independent work habits. Overall, CAT’s focus on career growth provided me a great experience, which I have never received in all my other previous education experiences.”

– Simarjot Kaur, Network Security Specialist Alumni

Nathan Thomas

“Your instructors are a great source of knowledge, but its up to you to seek out as much information from multiple sources. Be constantly curious, focus on continued growth, work hard and be kind!”

– Nathan Thomas, Animation Alumni

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