Meet Emily Phillips - Graphic Design Student Ambassador

Posted by Nicole Duquette on Nov 8, 2018 8:46:43 AM



We are continuing our spotlights on our PCA&D Student Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year with Emily Phillips.

Just in case you missed our first post on Adam Leitzel, Student Ambassadors are current PCA&D students that serve as representatives of the college. They work primarily with the admissions department where they serve as guides for prospective students and their parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors. Student Ambassadors provide important insight into the creative environment found in our degree programs and they create an important link to prospective students who want to be part of the PCA&D community.

Let's continue to get to know Emily! She is a graphic design major and originally from Jersey Shore, PA and graduated from Jersey Shore Area High School.

As you were searching and comparing colleges, what attracted you to PCA&D?

EP: When searching for colleges I was very aware of of my artistic background. The high school that I attended did not have a strong emphasis on the arts, therefore, our art program was not as strong as I needed it to be. I was attracted to the small school environment and the abundant amount of one-on-one time I would have with my professors to strengthen my foundations in art and design.


When giving a tour or talking about PCA&D, what is one thing you are sure to show or describe to a prospective student?

EP: I like to show them the progression of artwork within the different years of students. I think that often times people can feel confined by preconceived notions or limitations they place on themselves. The artwork on the walls is a great way to show students that they too have the ability to be fantastic artists and that this positive environment accentuates the ability to grow as an artist.


What do you love about Lancaster city?

EP: There are so many opportunities within the city to connect on an artistic, professional, and social level. The city truly feels like a campus for an art student and is filled with wonderful inspiration.


Which clubs or activities have you become involved in?

EP: I’ve been involved in a few clubs here and there throughout my time here and I’m looking forward to joining more. I previously attended the Lyceum meeting club which is held by two of the school’s counselors. The club formed a safe environment for students to talk about their feelings and work on personal problems. I think that this is extremely important throughout a student’s transition into adulthood. I also attend the school’s Christian club which is also a really great way to find community, if that is something you identify with.


What does being a Student Ambassador mean to you?

EP: To me, being a student ambassador truly means being a representative for the students of my department to the school body and the outside world. It is my privilege to not only be able to work with people in my department but also represent the students in my department to new or prospective students.


What are you looking forward to most this school year?

EP: I am really looking forward to diving into my major. Last year really gave me the ability to figure out what I really was excited about doing. This year I’m excited to be able to refine and perfect my craft.


What non-classroom activity/event/whatever from your years at PCA&D will you always remember?

EP: I definitely will always remember the PCA&D Designathon*. That weekend is always incredibly fun and productive. It mixes a lot of really fun activities and hanging out with friends with real world experience. The entire process is really fun and rewarding.

*(The 24-hour Designathon is a student AIGA group event that provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large. Students at PCA&D who participate in the Designathon gain real-world experience in creating projects for clients under a tight, 24-hour deadline. They learn that non-profits have very real marketing needs in order to be successful, and strong graphic design on well-organized collateral pieces are vital components in successful communications and marketing plans. More importantly, students experience the value of giving back to the community.)


How have your professors inspired you?

EP: A multitude of my professors have inspired me by showing me that success is possible with hard work and determination. They are all successful artists and designers outside of teaching our classes. Learning from people with successful careers really inspires me to know I will be able to do the same thing in the near future.


Let's take a look at some of Emily's work! Have more questions for Emily? Feel free to reach out to our Admissions Department by emailing us at and we'll get you connected or see her at our November 17th Open House





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