Professor Susan Young appointed Chair of Associate Degree Programs
Susan Young, graphic designer, illustrator, animator and teacher, has been appointed Chair of Associate Degree Programs at the School of Art at the Pratt Institute. She will assume the role on July 1, 2015.
Young, currently Acting Chair of Associate Degree Programs, previously served as Adjunct Associate Professor (2012-14) and Visiting Instructor (2008-12) in Associate Degree Programs. She taught Drawing I, Drawing II, Digital Illustration II, Illustration III, and Visualization at Pratt. As President, Young will oversee the comprehensive AOS and AAS degree programs that offer specializations in graphic design, illustration, and digital / interactive media design. The department has around 90 students and 32 professors.
“I am thrilled to chair the Associate Degrees Department in an era of change and growth at the Pratt Institute,” said Young. “It has always been a wonderful teaching environment, and I am deeply honored to participate in this new capacity now.”
As Interim President, Young managed the development of a new gaming major for the program, planned strategies to increase enrollment, and continued the process of transitioning the program from a 2 credit course to a 3 matrix. credits.
His awards and academic research include a grant from the Pratt Institute 2014 Faculty Development Fund to study the use of graphic design in Cuba.
Young’s illustrations, animations, and graphic design work have appeared in books and publications, including Molly Finn and the Pearls of Fillemberth (2009). His work has been presented at Equity in the Arts Fair and Black and white art exhibition (New York City); and in galleries such as 120 Orchard Street (New York City); Savannah Gallery (Atlanta, Georgia); and The Blue Gallery (Savannah, Georgia).
Young holds an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design.