Alumni Success Stories | VMCAD

Virginia Marti College of Art & Design prepares its students for the real world of creativity – one that contains opportunity for the dedicated artists among us. Find out how these students pursued success after graduating from VMCAD’s personalized programs.

Graduate Success Stories (click one to play the video)

Bryce Taylor: Digital Media Graduate

Bryce Taylor

VMCAD - Interior Design

Amy Howard


VMCAD Interior Design Grad - SinJin Satayathum

Sin-Jin Satayathum


Amber Geib - VMCAD Interior Design Graduate

Amber Geib


The John Mendrea Story

John Mendrea

Annie Bryan

“Quinn, I want to thank you and everyone at VMCAD with all my heart for all you have done and continue to do for Alexis. She has truly found her place and she is soaring. I continue to be so thankful and feel so blessed as I watch her succeed. She loves being there at VMCAD and I am so thankful for the individual attention she receives. Thank you so much Quinn Marti and everyone at VMCAD!”

- Annie Bryan, 2013
Parent of VMCAD Student

Christopher Randall

“After graduating from the Interior Design program, I fielded multiple job offers before accepting my current position with Lee Meier Interiors. My education not only made me extremely marketable to potential employers, but truthfully prepared me to work as an individual in the real world of design.”

- Christopher Randall, 2011
Program: Interior Design
Showroom Manager, Lee Meier Interiors

Brad Burke

“While entering my final quarter at Virginia Marti College I landed an internship at Hyland Software in Westlake. Although I felt confident in my abilities at this point, I was still very nervous at the sheer size of the company. I remember sitting in the lobby of Hyland thinking about how I had gotten to this point. I reached down and started reading the Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine awaiting my tour of the facility. I had just finished a video for Crain’s prior to coming to Hyland. That’s when it hit me, and I realized that this was it. Everything I have ever worked for, and everything VMCAD had supported me in was riding on me now. Those two years spent at Virginia Marti were a real eye opener into the world and the experience needed to succeed. Without attending Virginia Marti College I don’t think I would have developed both the mind set, and skill set that I have now. As I sat there pondering, my tour guide had arrived and I followed her down the corridor to Hyland’s main atrium, and to my future.”

- Brad Burke, 2010
Program: Digital Media
Graphic and Video Designer, Hyland Software

Josetta Belford

“My experience at Virginia Marti College was wonderful. The instructors, the administrators, were really about business and teaching us how to become fashion designers and fashion merchandisers. You will get the best skills, in art, that you wouldn’t get from any other college in this state. I’ve seen the work that gets done and nothing can compare to this college.”

- Josetta Belford, 2004
Program: Fashion Design
Owner, Sugar Foot

Alissa Dawson

“The Fashion Merchandising program was able to prepare me for my current career in Visual Merchandising because of the thorough teachings and dedication from my teachers. The undivided attention and support that I received really paved the way for my success. I would recommend VMCAD and the Fashion Merchandising program to anyone who had the drive and passion to be prosperous not only financially but wholeheartedly.”

- Alissa Dawson, 2012
Program: Fashion Merchandising
Fashion Merchandising Visual Merchandiser, Tilly's

Kinsley Funari

“I learned so many invaluable skills from VMCAD in such a short time.  The second I stepped out into the career world I not only felt prepared, but confident that I would be able to provide any employer with what they were looking for in a designer.  I felt as though the professors always went above and beyond to make sure each and every student was up to speed and getting the help they needed to succeed.   I always felt encouraged to be myself and utilize my own personal style and strengths in every project I was given.  I always recommend Virginia Marti to anybody who is looking for a career change or express interests in any design field – the level of education and experience you gain is simply unparalleled.”

- Kinsley Funari, 2010
Program: Interior Design
Project Designer, National Office

Kimberly Roth

“My time at VMC shines among the best times of my life. When I started, I wasn’t sure I had the skills to become a graphic designer. I was coming from a background without software skills, and I was also lacking in other areas (Art Fundamentals really made a difference). I feel that the instructors were both supportive and tough at the same time, the standards were high and the feedback was invaluable. During the two years I spent there, I really blossomed as a designer and really surprised myself with what I was able to accomplish- it gave me the confidence in my skills and myself to the point that I felt comfortable entering into such a competitive marketplace. The job leads I received from the college were responsible for me finding the opportunities of both my former and current job, and the staff is always really good about forwarding opportunities that you might not otherwise hear about.”

- Kimberly Roth, 2008
Program: Graphic Design
Graphics Coordinator, Penton Media