The faculty at Mission College are committed to providing the most current design instruction available while utilizing the latest techniques.
Mark Garrett teaches classes in web design, digital photography, digital video, and motion graphics, among others. He has a BFA from the University of Arizona, and a Masters from UC Davis. He has worked as a professional web designer, photographer, and videographer, and has a lengthy fine art ehibition history.
Rick Rivas has been a full time instructor at Mission College since 2004, and teaches Graphic Design and Photoshop.
Melanie Kaye is an Adjunct Instructor in the Graphic Design and Multimedia Department at Mission College.
Prior to joining Mission in 2009, Melanie taught Graphic Design at Brooks College Sunnyvale. She entered the teaching profession following a career in Design and Art Direction. She arrived in the Bay Area in 1979, where she joined Regis McKenna in Palo Alto as a Designer, moved to The van Bronkhorst Group, Santa Clara, as Senior Art Director until 1997, then to Bernard Hodes, Palo Alto as Senior Art Director, before accepting her first teaching position with Career Education Corporation in 2002.
When not teaching or working in her design consulting, Melanie can be found painting, collecting vintage ephemera, and planning her next creative project.
B.S. Graphic Design, Charter Oak State College/University of Cincinnati
Art Direction, Typography & Page Layout, Brand & Promotion, Portfolio Development and History of 20th Design
Bill Thomas has over thirty year’s experience as a practicing artist and designer. Prior to going into teaching he held in-house positions as a Designer and Production Director, and returned to solely freelancing in 2001.
Bill has taught at several colleges and universities since moving to the Bay area in 2001. As both a fine art and commercial artist he brings a diverse, real world experience into his classes.
Education: AS Illustration Mt San Antonio College, BFA Creative Photography CSU Fullerton, MFA Photography San Jose SU.
When not teaching or working on commercial assignments, Bill is painting/airbrushing, on a road trip photographing, researching his next project, hiking with his dog or riding/collecting/customizing motorcycles.
Jean McIntosh teaches courses in digital illustration, and portfolio development. She has a BA degree in Sociology, a BFA in Graphic Design, an AA in Computer Arts, and a Masters in Humanities from Stanford University. She has more than twenty years experience working in education, publishing, graphic design, scholarly research, and managing grants. Currently she is researching women artists on the California frontier and in December 2014, had a peer-reviewed paper published on Mendocino artist Grace Hudson’s (1865- 1937) Pomo portrait paintings in the International Journal of Diverse Identities (ondiversity.com). For more information regarding her publishing and exhibit projects see her linked in profile at: www.linkedin.com/pub/jean-mcintosh/23/502/917/
Lesley Louden teaches classes in digital photography, among others. She has a BFA from the Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in Photo-Media from The University of New South Wales, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has worked as a professional photographer and exhibiting artist.
Max Sims has had an extensive career in design, business and computer graphics. Originally a car designer at GM and Renault in Europe, he applied his industrial design skills to work on movie special effects for the films Beetlejuice and Masters of the Universe. He began his computer aided industrial design software career for Alias Research and later became software product manager at think3. He has worked as the Director of 3D Production at Luuluu.com. Max was the lead writer on “Inside Maya 5”, a definitive 900 page book on short filmmaking, while simultaneously designing the Natus Algo 3i. The Natus medical device won industry awards for Medical excellence and branding. Sims has been an executive producer for virtual worlds in Spain, where he was also an Invited Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has also taught at Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts , Cogswell Polytechnical College, Stanford School of Engineering, Hochschule fur Gestaltung Pforzheim, Ecole nationale supérieure desArts Appliqués et des métiers d’Art, and San Jose State University. Since earning his MFA in Design at California College of the Arts, he consults in design strategy in the field of entertainment, electronic automotive user interfaces and branded design fiction experiences.
"The instructors in the Graphic Design department at Mission College want you to succeed. You can see that by the way they make themselves so readily available to their students."
"The instructors are great. They're very knowledgeable and have a lot of experience. I love that the instructors have done graphic design for a living and give insights on what it's like out there."