Cassandra Cappello

Hometown: Efland, NC
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Digital Media

Give a little general information about yourself: how did you become interested in the arts/design?

I can’t place my finger on the exact time that I became so engrossed in art, but I do know that there were important role models in my life that guided me in that direction. Throughout elementary school, I could be found with a pencil in my hand at all times. I also had an art teacher that, surprisingly, began teaching us the elements and principles of art in the fifth grade, even though I could barely understand such information at the age of 11. Even if I had difficulty understanding it, I did find that learning so much new information about a subject that was otherwise barely acknowledged began stimulating my interest in art. When I enrolled in art courses in middle school, my teacher saw enough potential in me to challenge me more than other student. She would grade me more harshly, and provide more criticism, and I became inexplicably drawn to the challenge. This same relationship with my teachers occurred in high school and community college, and it is a major reason for my continuation in the field. I certainly give all credit to my astounding teachers for my decision to pursue the arts at a university level.

Why did you apply to the Arts + Architecture Honors Program?

I applied to the Arts + Architecture Honors Program because I knew that it would provide a network of like-minded students that would encourage academic and artistic success. I also loved the idea of obtaining access to specific honors courses that would deliver more challenge than others.

What kind of career do you hope to have?

My overall goal is to obtain a career in video games, whether as a game designer or concept artist. I have a dream to revolutionize the norms that define modern video games in order to make them more credible in the arts world. I hope to become involved in games that choose to move beyond the common formula of shooters so that art direction, style, and gameplay become more important. In order to achieve this, I am also pursuing a minor in Computer Science.

What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture?

I love the familial atmosphere of my studio classes. There is an amazing circle of support, and students are always going out of their way to help others improve their own art. The sense of community here is certainly my favorite part of being involved in the College of Arts + Architecture.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts or design community? If so, please describe.

I just recently became involved in the Society of Art Historians here at UNC Charlotte, and I’m very excited to continue to involve myself in the surrounding community as I become more accustomed to the city of Charlotte in the coming years.

When you are not in class, studying, or working, what do you like to do for fun?

Much of my free time is spent playing video games or catching up on my much-needed sleep. When I’m at home in Efland, though, I definitely enjoy taking my dogs to the park or volunteering at the local animal shelter.