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September 12, 2015

Creative Freedom: Q+A with Photography + Video major Akeem Pennicooke

Creative Freedom: Q+A with Photography + Video major Akeem Pennicooke

1.) What's your earliest memory of making art?
My earliest memory of making art was creating macaroni art in middle school.

2.) Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?
I only took two art classes in high school with the beloved Denise Denega.

3.) Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?
My high school art teacher (and CIA grad) Denise Denega invited a college recruiter to class one day. The recruiter talked about CIA’s curriculum and majors.

4.) What made you choose CIA?
I went on a tour at CIA and I was sold. I liked the studio spaces, the green-screen room, the sound screening room and the equipment checkout option. Also, CIA was close to home which made it very convenient.

5.) What made you choose your major?
Originally, I planned to study Game Design but I developed a strong passion for Video.

6.) Is having your own studio important to your education?
Yea, definitely. Having studio space gave me a place to call my own. I had my own computer, I was able to customize my area, and it was also nice to bounce ideas off of other students, as well as give feedback.

7.) How are your relationships with CIA faculty different than your relationships with your high school teachers?
Aside from my high school art teacher, my relationships with CIA professors were more personal. For instance, classes at CIA were smaller so we had more one-on-one time. Also, professors helped me improve upon my craft.

8.) Tell us about your internship.
I interned at The Great Lakes Great Science center in downtown Cleveland and I enjoyed it. I had a lot of creative freedom when it came to creating and editing the videos. It was fun working with the kids too! CIA prepared me for working there and communicating with clients,

9.) What one thing about the CIA experience surprised you the most?
I was surprised at how genuine the faculty were. They go out of their way to help you.

10.) How do you like Cleveland?
I love Cleveland! Especially the bipolar weather! :-)

11.) What would you say to a high school student considering attending CIA?
Choose your major wisely. Meet with teachers in the major you’re interested in. Apply for tons of scholarships. And don’t expect CIA to teach you everything you need to know; you have to do far more work beyond the classroom.

Above: Akeem Pennicooke at his internship at The Great Lakes Science Center.

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