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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Will Hafey

Will Hafey


BFA, Integrated Media Arts, 2019


Nontraditional paths fascinate Will Hafey ’19. With its atypical blend of video, computing, and animation, the Hartford Art School’s integrated media arts (IMA) program resonated with the Collinsville, Connecticut, native from the first time he heard about it.

“I’m interested in computer graphics, CGI and 3D modeling, creating virtual worlds as well as being able to work with the kind of technology you see in movies,” he explains. “It’s very interesting work.” 

Will actively seeks out challenging opportunities that allow him to test the strengths he develops in his coursework. Last year, he tested himself by creating a video game level for the Tripwire Interactive game, "Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.” The 64-player game design took several months, but paid off when his work won third place in Tripwire’s national content-creation contest. His passion for 3D creation and modeling flourished in the art school’s Maya classes, taught by David Calabrese. 

“I think IMA really benefits from [animation],” Will says. “Animation is something I think nontraditional art students seek, and I started attempting the level-mapping project for myself before the contest was announced. It requires a lot of energy, since it’s very difficult and involved.”

Following Commencement, Will hopes to work on teams of like-minded professionals rather than as an independent freelancer. He recently gained team experience during an internship with the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut. He assisted in producing The Camino Project, about Spain’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, a path leading to the Cruz de Ferro, where pilgrims deliver stones that symbolize their prayers, hopes, and dreams.

“It was a positive experience to work with Emmy award-winning director Robert Abbott, producer Cindy Ingram, former director of development at the Farmington Valley Arts Center,” says Will. “The biggest takeaway was the business experience. It was a great connection.”