Miki Masuda: Web Design with Motion Graphics and 3D Animation

Miki Masuda

Web Design with Motion Graphics and 3D Animation
B.S., June 2010, Magna cum Laude
Kionic Best Website Award
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
NYC College of Technology Honors Scholar
Dean’s List

“I bought my first computer six years ago when I came to America. At that time, I just wanted to use it to send emails to my friends and family. I did not know anything about computers, the Internet or even email. I did not speak English or know anyone in America. All I had was my computer. I spent most of my time on it and was drawn to the graphic software right away. I was eager to learn so I bought books and practiced every day. I am now able to use Photoshop, Illustrator, Dream Weaver, Flash, Fire Works, Visual Basic, NET, Quark, Powerpoint, Word and Excel and am teaching myself Maya and After Effects.”

So wrote Miki Masuda in her application essay to CUNY Baccalaureate. Her prior education included an Associate’s degree in Computer Programming and Systems from LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) and before that, an Associate’s degree in Education in her native Japan. In coming to CUNY Baccalaureate to design her unique area she said “My goal is to become a Web Graphic Designer, but most schools that offer Web programming do not focus enough on motion graphics and 3D animation.”

While a student at LaGuardia, Assistant Dean Bret Eynon recognized Masuda’s talent during her presentation of her ePortfolio to a college-wide convocation. LGCC requires students to present an ePortfolio demonstrating their coursework learning and reflections in unique, individualized multimedia self-presentations on the Web. Eynon was deeply impressed by Masuda’s work and invited her to join the ePortfolio project as a paid consultant, a role in which Masuda grew from peer tutor to Web designer, technical expert and staff leader. She continues to work in this role and hopes the job continues after graduation.

Masuda completed her concentration under the direction of Prof. Daniel Wong, Advertising Design and Graphic Arts, New York City College of Technology. Her work in an advanced Web design course won the college’s 2009 Kionic Best Website Award for her Road Trip USA 2009 with Toyota Prius Website, which documented her 35-day road trip across America. Additionally, she and a small group of other students were recently selected by Prof. Wong to create a Website for Time, Inc.

CUNY Baccalaureate awarded Masuda 15 life experience credits for her six years of professional work and training in Japan as a TV reporter and broadcaster, radio personality, actor and public speaker.