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Linda Sellheim

Linda Sellheim

NewSchool of Architecture + Design

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Linda's work combines: Technology, Education, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Director, Media Design School of Digital Arts

Program director, education evangelist and creative wrangler.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Art Center College of Design

  • Graduate Degree

    Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

    Art Center College of Design

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Education Administrators, Postsecondary:

Graduate Degree: Design and Visual Communications, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I loved art and did not know I could have a career in it. I discovered illustration when I was 14.

  • 2.

    Realizing freelance and working alone was not for me.

  • 3.

    Understanding I could use my skill set to bring ideas to life, that I was a good problem solver.

  • 4.

    Moving from 2D to working with fabrics and costuming then starting a business with a crazy idea.

  • 5.

    Technology entered and it was so exciting I wanted to learn everything about creating for the web.

  • 6.

    Started teaching and fell in love with helping younger creatives achieve their goals.

  • 7.

    Going to graduate school and exploring my passion for experimental interactive media and games.

  • 8.

    Working for Autodesk as a creative leader to change the way students explore and use technology.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    My high school guidance counselor told me to take typing classes instead of art classes. My mother was very creative but had no education or training and I always sensed the constant worry that I was making a mistake, that this was not a safe path.

  • How I responded:

    If you are creative and love to draw and come up with ideas there are so many avenues for you to explore. We live in a visual culture, if you love to design, create art and come up with creative ideas to solve problems you can do anything you put your mind to! I use the skills I learned in art school every day in new ways. Technology changed my world and with technology we live in a time of life long learning, but that just makes it more exciting. Don't be afraid to take chances and explore.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My family did not understand the amount of work and commitment it took to go to college and were not as supportive. I had to really believe in what I was doing and build a strong community of colleagues from school that have become lifelong friends.