Media Sandbox Michigan State University

Maral Minassian Zakharia

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Maral Minassian Zakharia

Assistant Professor

Advertising and Journalism


The Digital Image (CAS 111)
Graphics and Illustration (CAS 206)
Interactive Advertising Design (ADV 354)
Designing Online Environments (JRN 436)
Media Photography (CAS 205) Section 301

Minassian’s multidisciplinary work covers all kinds of visual communication for a number of clients in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to moving to the United States, Minassian worked in Beirut, Lebanon for five years as a senior art director for clients such as the Saudi Royal Family and Lebanese members of Parliament. She has worked as a self-employed web and graphic designer, taking on projects such as information architecture and website design for Loyola Marymount University’s various divisions, among many others. Minassian is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she earned a master of fine arts in design and technology. While at Parsons, she was awarded an ICT Fellowship by the Open Society Institute, as a result of which she traveled to Kyrgyzstan to support a non-governmental organization called Mental Health & Society. Her role focused on implementing new communication practices in information design and advocating for the causes of the NGO while working closely with the UNDP in Bishkek.

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MSU Media Sandbox is a creative CURRICULUM and COMMUNITY in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University.