Graphic Design Professor Creatively Engages Students with Curriculum

June 17, 2013-


The competitive field of graphic design requires students who are detail-oriented, intellectually curious and inventive. At Mount Ida College, our professors bring their own real-world experience to the classroom. Not only are our students learning what it takes to become successful in the industry, but they are receiving advice from professionals who have mastered competitive portfolios themselves.

Bringing graphic design to life

Before joining the Mount Ida community, Alison Poor-Donahue, Program Director and Professor, M.F.A., taught graphic design at Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College, Montgomery Community College, and the University of Massachusetts. Additionally, at the University of Massachusetts, she was awarded the “Exceeding Expectations Teacher Award.”

Now, at our college, she specializes in advanced courses for graphic design, typography, production techniques, computer illustration, digital imaging and web site development. Known for her creative curriculum, Professor Poor-Donahue educates graphic design majors with her practical, hands-on instruction. Whether she is teaching in the studio or advising the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student Chapter, Poor-Donahue creates ongoing awareness of global design practice trends and technologies.

Real-world perspective in classes

Along with her innovative curriculum, Poor-Donahue’s real-world mindset keeps students keenly aware of the competitive nature of the industry. As an Art Director and Designer/Web Developer, Poor-Donahue aspires for what’s next, especially at her own company, Alison Poor-Donahue, Inc., which she has owned for fourteen years. Her proven ability to transform concepts into reality, while delivering revenue-enhancing campaigns allows her to train students properly for future clients and projects.

“Over the years, I have been fortunate to have worked with colleagues who share the same creative aspirations. Sharing ideas and practical knowledge with other artists is invaluable,” said Poor-Donahue. “I believe that in art, education never stops; there is always more to learn.”