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Graphic Designer Chris Moore Says MCCC Education Transferred Well to The Workplace

10/21/16



Chris Moore, third from left, returned to the Gallery at Mercer for the opening of "MCCC Arts at Fifty." He is pictured with faculty members, from left, Yevgeniy Fiks (Visual Arts), Steve Voorhees (Television), and Michael Dalton (Photography).

West Windsor, N.J. – Graphic Designer Chris Moore ’10 (A.A.S., Visual Arts) gives top grades to his first alma mater, Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

“Mercer gave me a solid foundation on which to build my career,” Moore said during a recent visit to the college for the opening reception of “MCCC Arts at Fifty“ at the Gallery. “I have really used the skills I developed at Mercer. Much of what I do is still based on what I learned there.”

After graduating from MCCC in 2010, Moore transferred to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he pursued a double major, earning bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Anthropology in 2013.

“Once I transferred to a big university, I realized how much I took for granted at Mercer. Practically every Mercer professor I had exceeded my expectations. They are at Mercer to teach. It’s clearly a labor of love for them,” he said, adding that because of small class sizes and instructors’ availability outside the classroom, the relationships he developed with faculty members were very much like mentorships.

“I had a solid portfolio of work by the time I graduated,” he said.

After college, Moore worked for several firms as a graphic designer. He is currently employed as an in-house designer for Mistras Group, a global engineering firm with offices in Princeton Junction.  Among Moore’s varied projects have been newsletter designs, catalogs, package designs, social media content, trade show displays and more.  He also does freelance work.

Moore actually stayed at Mercer a little longer than originally intended. After completing credits for his degree in Advertising/Graphic Design, he began to concentrate on photography. “I just didn’t want to stop taking classes that appealed to me,” he said.

Especially in his higher level classes, Moore observed that he and his fellow designers became a tight-knit group. “The work of my peers was outstanding,” he said.  “It made me want to get better in every way.”

More about Chris and his work can be found at www.ChrisMoore.Design.

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