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Brett Garrett – Transfer Student Spotlight

Name: Brett Garrett

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Integrated Studio Arts

Year: Junior

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Transferred from: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Fall 2018

Why did you choose Iowa State University?
I was living in Las Vegas just working and building my portfolio, and decided I wanted to pursue a career in a design or art field a little deeper. I had friends who had gone through the industrial design program at Iowa State, so I did some research on it and saw how good the program was and it seemed like it would be a good fit. So, I moved back to Iowa and went to DMACC first to get my general education credits. Then at the end of my first year at ISU I decided to switch to the integrated studio arts program.

What do you enjoy most about your major?
I wanted to be a little looser, more artistic. I was drawn to studio arts and being able to make my own stuff and sell it, specifically furniture design and woodworking. Furniture can be very complex and focused on single pieces, and I like putting a lot of time into one thing.

What is your favorite place on campus?
I really just like spending time in my studio classes and working on stuff. The furniture studio I’m in right now is really fun, and I also like ceramics. It’s very stream-of-thought. I was in [the studio] for eight hours on a Sunday and it just flew by.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself with a job that involves woodworking that can support me enough to work on my own projects on my own time as well. I don’t know if I’d open my own business, but I’d want to sell my own stuff I create.

What advice would you give another student who is thinking of transferring to Iowa State?
Reach out to other students, if not faculty, and talk about it. Talking with other students in the studio arts program is what swayed me toward it. And know what courses are required and try to plan ahead for the major you’re switching into.

October 17, 2019 2:50 pm

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