Photo of Alison Dickson at Coach

Studio art major Alison Dickson '17 is fast-tracking her career forward as a jewelry designer through a new position with Coach.

From college to Coach in four weeks

June 21, 2017

Photo of Alison Dickson at Coach

Last summer it was Kate Spade. This year it’s Coach. For studio art major Alison Dickson '17, the road leading to success is paved in gold. And silver. And enamel.

Having spent 10 weeks as a jewelry design intern with Kate Spade and Company in 2016, Dickson is back in New York City as a jewelry design apprentice with Coach. In her new position, she'll be designing for all of the company's collections – from outlet to runway.

Crediting BW for boosting skills and confidence

With a nod to BW, Dickson credits her professors and the campus culture for helping her build valuable skills and the confidence to pursue lofty goals.

"I had several mentors in the art department who were passionate about helping me succeed," noted the Erie, Pennsylvania native. "At BW, I gained a strong foundation in art and design as well as valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I also found that our campus culture really prepared me for being a friendly face around the office, which is almost just as important!"

"Shoot for the Stars!"

Having had her jewelry designs for Kate Spade transformed into actual pieces for sale, Dickson has built an impressive resume and portfolio that rivals the credentials of any top design student in the U.S.

"My ultimate career goal is to become a professional jewelry designer or creative director for a large fashion company, while also being a practicing artist," explained Dickson.

"My advice to students and other young alumni is to shoot for the stars," she said enthusiastically. "BW gives you the skills to go anywhere you want. So, if there's a job posted at a company that interests you, go for it!"