Maria Centola

New Designers Exhibitor



About me

#NewDesigners Exhibitor Come find me at Part 2 at the University of Hertfordshire Stand! I’m a graphic designer and illustrator born in Vancouver, Canada. After graduating from Capilano University’s IDEA program I decided to pursue my degree at the University of Hertfordshire in England. I am the proud owner of a BA in Graphic Design. You can expect me to play extremely well with others and be in a constant state of positivity.

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  • Print Design
  • Ukulele Player
  • Great Organizational
  • Photography
  • Social Change
  • Community Outreach
  • Illustration
  • Positive Attitude
  • Client/customer Interaction
  • Smiling

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • Sennep


    • Online Media

Work history




Jun 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Working with a digitally minded group of creatives and creating work for clients both big and small. That involved anything from web designs, to illustrations to animations and everything in between.


Freelance Creative

The Capilano Courier

Oct 2015
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Freelance
  • Tackled tight deadlines and got me more involved with my school peers. Doing spot illustrations and cover illustrations for a local newspaper in the Lower Mainland in BC.


Community Manager

The Cultch

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Full Time
  • Getting paid to strengthen community, what a dream.


Creative Intern


Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
  • Seattle, United States
  • Internship
  • Learned the hard way, what to do and what not to do when designing for a social cause.


Graphic Design Intern

Bam Communications

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Internship
  • My first taste of working in a studio. Loved it, feared it a little too.



Bachelor’s Degree Graphic Design

University of Hertfordshire

Sep 2016 - May 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • Activities and Societies: Student Ambassador, Student Rep, School of Creative Arts Part Time Elected Officer, Ukulele Society, President of The Book Project Took the leap to study abroad for a year—that decision allowed me to see design from a whole new perspective and be taught in a new way. The opportunity of a lifetime.


Art History Certificate

Langara College

May 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Study Abroad Italy is a one month field school that placed me in the atmosphere of Florence and Rome. This allowed me to take what I had learned in the classroom and step right into the context of the art. It opened up my eyes to all that we take for granted in our daily lives and gave me the skills to appreciate the little details in the everyday.



Capilano University

Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • For the first two years at Capilano, I studied Fine Art to refine my skills and build a strong portfolio as well as broaden my knowledge and skill set. In 2013 I was accepted into the IDEA program which is a career-based 3-year diploma program offering instruction in both communication design and applied illustration.



Rodeo 8 Voter's Choice in Illustration

Capilano University

  • CAPIC's 8th annual contest for student member photographers and illustrators. This contest is an opportunity to expose the wealth of unique talent within CAPIC student membership across Canada.


Honourable Mention in Brand Design


  • The GDC/BC Salazar Student Awards, established in 1985 by the British Columbia Mainland Chapter of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, were created in honour of Enrique Salazar. Mr. Salazar was one of the founding members of the society and the national representative for the BC chapter for two years. He was a partner in Salazar Graphics, and taught graphic design at Capilano College until his death in June of 1985.


RGD DesignThinkers Scholarship


  • DesignThinkers, Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators, gets sponsors to fund a select few students across Canada to help them afford registration and travel for the 2015 DesignThinkers Conference.


Aaron Bolus Arts Award

Capilano University

  • This award is given to the deserving individual that shows a true passion for their area of study and their exemplary character of helping others, demonstrated through involvement on campus and in community organisations.