Michael R. Mooney is an adjunct professor teaching various courses in the B.F.A. program in Graphic Design and MFA Visual Communication Design at RIT. Michael R. Mooney is also an alumnus of the MFA program in Graphic Design at RIT.
What brought you to Rochester Institute of Technology?
I graduated from the MFA program in Graphic Design at RIT. I live & work in Rochester and have always enjoyed being a part of the Institute.
What is your role within your department?
I teach primarily upper-level undergraduate courses, although this year I am teaching graduate students. Classes I teach most often are: Advertising Design, Capstone Project and Collaborative Design.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of teaching at RIT is that moment when a student “gets it”—when he/she suddenly understands something that they had not understood or been exposed to previously.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Keeping the students engaged. It’s challenging when I’m working with students with a wide range of skills and talents. It’s important to think of how I can keep everybody happy and still make sure that everyone in the class is learning something.
How do you like to spend your time outside of RIT?
I enjoy swimming, skiing, watching good movies and reading books about the history of Helvetica. Fascinating!
What advice do you have for current or prospective students?
Realize that today’s marketplace has lots of options, but you need to specialize your talents in an area that interests you the most. I think that generalists have a harder time finding employment.
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