The faculty at Mission College are committed to providing the most current design instruction available while utilizing the latest techniques.

Mark Garrett

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.

Contact: mark.garrett@wvm.edu

Rick Rivas

Rick Rivas Bio coming soon.


Curtis Pembrook

Curtis Pembrook, M.A. Instructional Technology, is a Faculty Instructional Designer, and Computer Applications, and Graphic Design and Multimedia instructor at Mission College. He has 15 years of experience in instructional design, technical training and e-learning development. He taught in the San Jose State University Instructional Technology program for eight years, and is currently completing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Media Studies. Curtis is passionate about applying evidence-based research in the creation of engaging user and learner experiences.


Melanie Kaye

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


Andrea Schwartz Massalski

Andrea Schwartz Massalski is an artist and educator. She began her art career at the Philadelphia College of Art, now know as the University of the Arts and continued her studies in California at University of California, Santa Cruz. As an adjunct instructor, she teaches classes in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a technical illustrator, designer and photographer.


Lesley Louden

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




"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."

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