Name: Angelo Buelva
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Previous College: University of Washington BA in Anthropology
FIDM Major: Graphic Design Professional Designation
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2015
Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope
How did your advisor help with the process? Susan really gave me the confidence to pursue the Graphic Design Program at FIDM. I have always wanted to become a graphic designer, but wasn’t sold on any one particular school. Susan made me feel welcome and comfortable, and I’m thankful for her guidance throughout the admissions process.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am recently married and my wife is a graduate of FIDM's Fashion Design Professional Designation Program. One of the main reasons I knew FIDM would be a great school for me is because of her. When I lived in Seattle, I danced a lot and worked as a choreographer for a company called BookAFlashmob. I created special events for surprise wedding proposals and local company meetings. Aside from dance, I love trying new food, rooting for the Seahawks, taking interesting photos, and having a good time.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Academically, graduating from UW was a big milestone for me since I was the first to graduate in my family. Personally, becoming a dance coach for my old high school hip-hop dance team, and learning to become a better communicator when teaching dance. Professionally, taking this leap of faith and pursuing a career in Graphic Design.
What made FIDM right for you? I knew FIDM was the right place for me because of its strong reputation and relationship with a lot of different companies in California. After checking out the website, reading the course descriptions, and meeting Susan I was on board.
Describe your entrance project. For the Graphic Design entrance project I needed to create an imaginary shop and design the cover catalog, a magazine ad, and the slogan. I chose to create the “831 Ice Cream Shop” designed to be a communal hang out. It was a fun process learning and using Illustrator to create this project.
What are your career goals? My career goals are to work in logo/package design, corporate identity, book design, or a fashion company. Ultimately I’d like to be a freelance graphic designer that can work anywhere. Right now I’m just hungry to gain the knowledge and experience in Graphic Design and would be happy in any design position after graduation.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? Definitely Adobe Creative Suite, creating and managing a portfolio, web design, and learning how to be a professional graphic designer.