Kessle Silva

Assistant Professor

Kessle Silva

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Art and Design


Creative director and design consultant with twenty years of experience, fifteen of those, also as university professor. During the last 20 years I have become an expert in corporate and branding design with extensive expertise in UX and UI design. I hold a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art/Graphic Design from Queens College of the City University of New York. I had the fortune to study in the multicultural city of New York under the tutelage of some of the world's best designers.


  • MS, Communication, General Pratt Institute, 1998

  • BA, Art CUNY Queens College, 1995

Awards & Honors

  • BRONZE ADDY AWARD AAF - Augusta, 2020

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ART 4545

    Graphic Design through History
  • ART 3540

    Graphic Design I
  • ART 3543

    Graphic Design II
  • ART 3575

    Web and Mobile Applications
  • ART 4555

    Design Factory

Teaching Interests

My interest now that I am back to teaching is to bring all my fresh knowledge and everyday experience in the field into the classroom, something I have always done. In addition, I strongly believe my 16 years of teaching at university level not only have given me the chance to share the passion and extensive knowledge I have for the graphic design industry, but also to learn from my students. I am sure I will teach until I am 90 years old.


Selected Recent Publications

    Art - Exhibition, Group
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 2019
    Art - Exhibition, Group

Research Interests

UX (User Experience) Design in relation to religion and cultural background of the specific target audience or consumer

Department Service

  • NACAC - Atlanta Performing and Visual Arts Fair 2019

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • Expert assistance 2019

    Role: Other
  • Marketing and Advertising - Member 2019

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • STEAMIFY 2020 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Future Fest for Home Schoolers - 2020

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Front and back cover for Pamplin College magazine 2019 - 2019

    Role: Other