Flexible course schedules for working adults and non-traditional students at Tulane SoPA

A Team of Experts to Guide Your Path

to provide you with the most up-to-date expertise and skills required of the industry today.



DDSN 2100: Intro to UX Design
DDSN 4402: Packaging
DDSN 4100: Portfolio

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504-247-1672 (direct)
504-865-5555 (main)

Amanda Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Garcia is the Director of Digital Design and Professor of Practice in the School of Professional Advancement. Dr. Garcia holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a research focus on Socially Responsible Design in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-CC and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Her undergraduate work was completed at Texas A&M University College Station with a B.E.D. in Environmental Design.

Aside from being a passionate educator, Dr. Garcia is an award-winning designer and uses her knowledge of the industry as a catalyst for inspiration and change in her classroom and programs. Dr. Garcia’s design work varies from high-end retail to pro bono non-profit advocacy design. Her vast variety of clients include Goodwill Industries, The Venetian Las Vegas, HALL Group, Time Warner Cable, United Way and Volkswagen among others. Her work has garnered national and international acclaim and she continues to publish and pursue her research in using design as powerful tool to create positive change.

What are your favorite activities when you are not working?

Hanging out with my kiddos and husband, going to the movies, shopping and trying new restaurants!

If you could be on any reality TV show, which would you choose and why?

I would be BFFs with JoJo (that’s Joanna Gains, she told me to call her JoJo ;) and have a brand off of Fixer Upper focused on graphic design and typography/lettering.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

I have to name two;

  1. “Push through the fear, for on the other side lies
    greatness.”—Milton Glaser

  2. “Do what you love.” —James Victore