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Credits AMC experience for success

Vincent Buffone ’11 first learned of Anna Maria College through his high school guidance counselor at Holy Name in Worcester. After much research, he realized AMC was the perfect fit for him as it offered a graphic design major and newly renovated art studios. The idea of small classes with more individualized attention appealed to him as well.

“The most important take away from my time at AMC was the close, family-like atmosphere,” said Buffone. “The great friends and faculty inspired me to try hard and never give up on my goals.”

Buffone speaks highly of his experiences at AMC, especially those in the classroom. He loved being able to create and collaborate with friends. He explains that there were many group projects and opportunities for peers to critique each other’s work. “It was just a good time,” he says.

Buffone found the classes further enriched by the faculty leading them—Humanities with Dr. Ronald Sherwin, in particular. “The way that Dr. Sherwin taught made the academic subject material fun. His teaching style and personality made me want to do my best to succeed.”

When he graduated from Anna Maria College, Buffone lost sight of his original goals and was disappointed with the quality of his art. He attended Assumption College for a graduate degree in business, but soon realized that he missed the art world and that he needed to use his art background in some capacity. He stopped pursuing his graduate degree and visited the Career Services Office at AMC to inquire about graphic design positions. What he found was the majority of openings were for internships, not full-time positions. Needing to start somewhere, he took an internship with a small company in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. There, he learned a lot about the graphic design profession and embraced the job’s challenges to achieve more than he could have ever imagined. Plus, this experience significantly improved his existing graphic design portfolio.

Newly equipped with an enhanced portfolio and practical experience, Buffone landed his current job as a user interface visual designer for Dassault Systemes, an international software company that specializes in 3D CAD software for engineers and designers. His responsibilities include designing icons and other graphics related to the user interface in Dussault’s products.

“This was my dream job. After all my struggles as an artist, I finally found the job I always wanted,” said Buffone. “I couldn't have done it without the special people in my life that I learned so much from along the way who kept me motivated to achieve my goals.”

Buffone is a member of the AMC Alumni Association Board of Directors. When he’s not working at Dassault Systemes, he enjoys creating digital paintings in Photoshop, playing around with web design, and watching movies.

Written by Marlena DiMattia ’17 (Art Therapy)