Academy Alum Chung-Tao Tu at the Forefront of Design
Growing up, Chung-Tao Tu’s father encouraged him to travel and experience different cultures
and inspired him to pursue a career in creative design. After receiving a BFA in
Graphic Design and an MFA in Computer Arts: New
Media, Chung-Tao has had a very successful career as a designer at Wallace Church Inc. in New York
Though he was accepted by many schools, Chung-Tao decided to pursue a degree at Academy of
Art University because of its professional curriculum and spectacular career resources.
“I met the talented and best of the best from all over the world,” he recalled.
He had heard about the Academy through a friend’s recommendation. Hearing great things about
the school from a former student sold him.
“Believe it or not, it worked much better than an ad!” he said.
When asked to pick a favorite instructor, Chung-Tao could not choose just one – they all had
an influence on him. This is why he chose to return to the Academy to pursue his MFA.
“Every instructor did their best,” he said. “That’s what made us a dream team.”
Chung-Tao actually found his job through an Academy of Art University colleague. At Wallace
Church, Inc., Chung-Tao is working on brand identity and package design. When the company’s website
goes through a redesign, he might have a hand at doing some
web design, as well.
Chung-Tao’s success comes from working hard and staying focused and learning from his
classmates and instructors.
“Never forget where you came from and what you are here for.”
UPDATE: Two of Chung-Tao's designs won awards at
Graphis Design Annual 2009. Representing Wallace Church, Inc., he took home a Gold and Platinum