Stephen C. Fischer, M.F.A.-IAAssistant Professor of Graphic Design
Office: Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center
Department: Art & Graphic Design
Degrees: MFA-IA, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT; B.A. in Liberal Arts, Art Major Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa
In the years following his undergraduate training in fine art and photography, Professor Fischer worked as an illustrator and commercial artist in art studios and advertising agencies in the New York and Boston metropolitan areas. Hired by the Benwill Publishing Company of Boston he contributed layout, design and illustrations services for publications covering the emerging personal computing industry. As art director for Personal Computing Magazine he managed cover and interior editorial content for several years.
From publishing Stephen Fischer moved to corporate graphics at Raytheon Company in their world headquarters in Lexington, MA, where he provided illustration, publications design and art direction. His 20-year tenure with Raytheon was enriched with freelance illustration and design opportunities while acting as creative director for the ART/Word art collaborative. Throughout the 1990s Professor Fischer began teaching graphic design courses at Mount Ida College and at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
In 2002 Professor Fischer resigned from Raytheon Company and pursued his master’s degree while teaching part-time at Lasell College; in 2005 Professor Fischer began teaching full-time at Lasell College. Professor Fischer brings decades of studio arts and graphic design experience to his design curriculum while serving as Creative Director for Lasell's Polished Magazine, originator and faculty advisor to the Graphic Design League – a student union of visual artists.
What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?
"As an interdisciplinary artist I identify more with my personal art practice than I do with a particular medium or discipline. Whether my work is considered fine art, commercial art, or art education, I bring my aesthetic values, a desire to learn, and the hope for an enriched community."