Being a creative person is both a curse and a blessing—it means that you see things differently than most but at the same time it can be hard to find your way professionally. From figuring out where and whether or not you need professional studies to back up your talent or if you should work for another brand or on your on, there are a lot of important questions to contemplate.

Not all academic institutions are created equal, especially in creative fields, but we noticed that SCAD in particular harbored some seriously talented designers who are currently embarking on an impressive professional journey (it helps that SCAD has a 98% job placement rate for graduates). We sat down with 5 designers, including Micaela Hoo who is still doing her BFA in Graphic Design online, to find out more about the lessons they have learned throughout their creative endeavours. This is an interesting one, guys, it’s really worth a read!