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Alissa Walker discusses student loans at CalArts' Design Exhibition

The Future’s So Bright? Talking Debt with CalArts Design Grads

Alissa Walker

June 4, 2013
KCRW

Ah, graduation season. The sense of accomplishment. The thrill of independence. The pomp. The circumstance. And the sobering fact that American college students are leaving school this year with, on average, $35,200 in student loans to repay.

That kind of debt can dim the optimism of any bright-eyed graduate. But what about when you’re expected to be creative for a living? A few weeks ago I headed up to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia for their graphic design school’s graduation shows—Amaze, featuring graduating BFAs and Inbox, featuring graduating MFAs—to talk to the former students about this new reality and how it will impact their careers.

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