About Emily Jane Hicks

I have always had a curiosity for how objects, people, and the world as a whole works. Growing up in a technological world, I am fascinated by the possibilities of humanity.

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My Story

In 2016, I started a certificate program at British Columbia Institute for Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia. The certificate is in New Media Design and Web Development, which consists of various introductory courses in graphic design, web development, and videography.

A year later I decided to move to Santa Monica, California to begin taking graphic design classes at Santa Monica College. While working part-time jobs I was able to get my Associates Degree in graphic design in 2 years.

At the same time I was completing my AS in graphic design, I got accepted to the Interaction Design Bachelor's program at SMC. This is another 2 year program and I am thrilled to be part of this specialized program that focuses on user experience design, design research, interactive storytelling, project management, designing for the future, and much more.

I am constantly learning

I believe that learning from the past, focusing on the present, and predicting the future are all connected. Every project or job I've worked on, I learn new things that allow me to grow and help others along the way.

My professional Traits

Through my unique experience both inside the classroom and in the workplace, I discovered what my strengths are as a professional.


Being organized helps me be my best self. I don’t like putting things off until the last minute, instead I start my work early.

Team Player

I enjoy working in group settings because I get energized by working with others. It’s fun and rewarding to work together as a team.

Open minded

Being open minded allows me to see things in a different perspective. This is especially important when working in a team, because there is a dynamic set of perspectives and personalities.


Having a positive attitude helps a team’s dynamic. By having strong communication with positive interactions, team members feel more comfortable and trusting to one another which can lead to a successful project.

My journey & Experience

My unique journey has allowed me to realize my potential as a design. These years have been extremely fulfilling and rewarding through all the ups and downs.

2020 - Ongoing

IxD Bachelor's Program- SMC

2019 - 2020

Independent Contractor for web agencies - IMPRiNT & 514Creative

2018 - 2020

AS in graphic design - SMC
*Graduated with Dean's Honor List

2016 - 2017

New Media Design and Web Development Certificate - BCIT
*Graduated with distinction