Emily Fitzgerald

2nd year graduate student
Digital Media Arts

Likes: Thrift shopping & record collecting
Desert Island
• Book - This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
• Movie - Coraline
• Album - Revolver by The Beatles or anything by Hozier

Emily Fitzgerald smiling on campus during a sunny fall day

Emily Fitzgerald has decided to use her powers for good.

"I've always wanted to use my skills to positively impact another person. Even if it's just one, that would be enough. I'm excited to develop my skills and put them to good use."

One of Emily's career goals is to be art director for a magazine in order to help shape what people in America, particularly young women, consume. She's passionate about layouts, and her love of both creative design and writing makes magazine work almost a no-brainer.

It was no accident that she arrived at Duquesne to begin earning her Masters in Digital Media. After graduating from Winthrop University and working for a few years at the York County Chamber of Commerce in Rock Hill, South Carolina, she decided there was still a lot of learning to be done, experiences to be had, and connections to be made.

Emily chose Duquesne based on the opportunities available in Pittsburgh, which she dubbed a "big city with a small-town feel." The intriguing work done by professors like Pamela Walck and Maggie Patterson was another driving factor in the final decision.

The Media program offered Emily the chance to grow as a student and person: "I've gotten to see things and experience places that I didn't think I would be able to professionally or personally. I also really appreciate the cohort that we have built within the department and within the graduate students. I've made some really great friends that have been there for me when graduate school has been a little harder than expected."

One opportunity that she took advantage of was the chance to take an internship in New York City. Emily spent the summer of 2019 working at the 9/11 Tribute Museum, editing video, transcribing interviews, and assisting in the curation of museum exhibits. She feels the experience helped her to not only develop her skills but to make meaningful connections in her field.

Emily admits that her dream job is to curate the soundtrack for feature films. Until that opportunity comes along, she'll work towards that magazine art director role and pursue her goal of impacting young women through media.

We think they'll be in good hands.