Student Profile

Kathy Arndt

Kathy Arndt has always had an interest in both teaching and photography. She earned two associate's degrees from Daytona State College (formerly Daytona Beach Community College) in Education and Photographic Technology then enrolled in UCF to earn her BS in Photography. She chose to pursue her master's in Art Education, so that she could teach and still create her own personal art.

One of the aspects Arndt appreciates most about her program is the clear expectations of the faculty. Professor Jason Burrell had been particularly influential for her. “He has a way of pushing you to see new perspectives and encouraging you to push yourself. The level of support he gives to his students surpasses any I have experienced in my higher education career,” shares Arndt.

As an undergraduate, Arndt was one of four founding members of the Student Photography Association for which she served first as Treasurer and later President. In that capacity, she secured funding for students to attend the Society of Photographic Education Conference in Tallahassee and organized multiple workshops providing students the opportunity to learn from currently working professional photographers. During her first semester of the graduate program, she served in the advisory role of Immediate Past President to provide assistance and guidance to the newly elected officers.

Some of Arndt’s works have been selected as part of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies’ permanent collection. She was also awarded Best Illustration with Text from the Florida Community College Activities Association for her work published in Ole Magazine. Arndt graduates in spring 2013 and plans to obtain a position teaching photography at the secondary level.

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