Shaun Sarcona was considering a career in either math or accounting when he enrolled at Macomb after graduating from Fraser High School. But once he discovered the technicolored possibilities of computer imagery, he dismissed them both as too “black and white.”
“The great thing about the graphic arts is that you have the ability to work on a variety of projects. One day you are designing a logo, then a T-shirt, then a 3D vehicle or animation,” says Sarcona, Macomb Media and Communication Arts (MACA) professor. “Design is everywhere. An artist has had their hand on most everything we experience throughout the day.”
Sarcona earned an associate degree in graphic and commercial art from Macomb in the 1990s and began a successful freelance career. He returned to the College in 2002 as an employee, working full time as a technician in the Information Technology Department and teaching part time in the MACA program. He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Rochester College and began teaching full time in 2008.
“I enjoy helping people get to the next step in their lives,” says Sarcona. “I enjoy bringing innovation and excitement into the classroom because it was one of the driving forces behind my own education.”
While students in the classes he teaches learn on the most current 3D and Computer–Generated Imagery (CGI) software, Sarcona insists that they have a firm foundation in basic design principles that he believes will, ultimately, be more enduring in their career.
“Everything is constantly changing in this industry,” says Sarcona. “I want them to leave with techniques, not just know how to use the tools.”
Recently, Sarcona’s students got to use both tools and techniques on the design of the torch that will be used in the Macomb County Bicentennial Torch Relay and will light the celebratory fireworks display in downtown Mount Clemens on June 22.
“Working on something and seeing it go from brainstorming, to paper to something you can hold that will be seen by thousands of people is something many students don’t get to experience,” says Sarcona. “I’m glad my students had that chance.”