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Designed for Success

Class of 2017 Studio Arts graduate Victor Masetti has ventured halfway around the world to attend the prestigious Feng Zhu Design in Singapore for Industrial Design. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Victor hopes to ultimately turn his Loyola Marymount University (LMU) education and design school portfolio into a career as a production designer.

“I feel like LMU definitely set me on a path of growth for the future,” Victor said. “I left with the abilities and know-how to continue building on my skills, experiences and connections to thrive in this competitive, industry-driven program.”

During his year-long program, Victor will continue to sharpen his artistry and build a consummate portfolio in hopes of securing employment in the entertainment industry upon his return to LA – ideally at a film studio or video game company.

Originally drawn to LMU for its top-ranked College of Communication and Fine Arts and close proximity to Hollywood, Victor found his experience on the bluff to be just what he needed to prosper.

“I had the best experience when I first visited,” Victor said. “Out of all the schools I toured, the people at LMU were the friendliest and the program I was pursuing just drew me.”

Victor added that LMU’s size gave him the chance to meet fellow Lions from all walks of life and majors, creating a real sense of home. LMU currently touts an average class size of 20 and a teacher to student ratio of 11-to-1.

He says this type of camaraderie went double for his working relationships with teachers, a hallmark of the LMU experience.

“I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing by one of my art professors, Will Pupa,” Victor said. “Not only is Will an incredible professional sculptor and classical artist, but he was a great mentor to help me break down all the challenges and stigmas that come with being an artist.”

Outside of his rigorous coursework, Victor was also a Resident Advisor and a Service Chair for the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

As for what advice he has for incoming future lions?

“Immediately start exploring everything LMU as to offer – there’s so much,” Victor said. “It can take a bit to find your niche, but once you do you’ll be glad you made the effort!”