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With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, your professors will know you. They’re invested in helping you succeed. As you work towards your career goals, you will find your professors become more—they become your mentors who can help you along your journey, and ones you can still get advice from years after graduation.

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Desirae Bach

Desirae Bach, B.S.

Instructor of Graphic Design

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Desirae Bach, B.S.

Instructor of Graphic Design


Jon Carstens

Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

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Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

As a professor of art history, Jon Carstens brings a breadth of knowledge of the humanities and a passion for art history, with a concentration in American art of the nineteenth century and the work of Winslow Homer in particular. He believes that “looking is not as easy as it looks," and in his courses he employs the visual image as a document to reveal how art and architecture reveal the cultural and historical milieu in which it was created.

Carstens rejoins the college faculty after previously teaching at PUC for 25 years. He lives in Angwin with his wife Claudia. In his free time, he enjoys auto racing, interior and landscape design, and travel.


Degrees

B.A. University of Redlands
1976
M.A. University of California, Riverside
1979

Amy Cronk

Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

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Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

Amy Cronk, MAAT, spent the last two years in the heart of downtown Chicago studying to receive her master's in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While interning, she had the privilege of working with a variety of populations including children with autism, older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, ex-prison offenders and women receiving treatment for cancer. Before moving to Chicago, she received her BFA from La Sierra University where she emphasized her art practice in oil painting on wood, incorporating three dimensional elements, as well as welding metal sculptures. When she's not in the studio, she enjoys yoga, reading, and playing with her pets.


Degrees

B.F.A., La Sierra University
2009
M.A.A.T., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2011

Jaymie de la Torre

Jaymie de la Torre, B.S.W., B.F.A.

Instructor of Fine Art

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Jaymie de la Torre, B.S.W., B.F.A.

Instructor of Fine Art

Jaymie de la Torre is a fine artist with a passion for texture and found objects. Focusing her artistic practice on sculpture and ceramics, her work reflects both the natural world and landscapes we find within our own mind and heart. She encourages students to explore the ways art-making teaches us about the deeper themes of life. Jaymie brings to her artwork and teaching a broad range of experiences including working with diverse groups in the inner-city, disaster relief and documentary film production. She loves experiencing different cultures and natural wonder across the globe.


Tim de la Torre

Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

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Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

Tim de la Torre, Resident Artist for Film & Television, has partnered with his wife, Jaymie, to run a boutique media production company since 2009. With a particular passion for non-fiction storytelling, Tim has produced TV shows for Hope Channel, documentaries, and various projects for many corporate clients. His favorite parts of his work are to have his subjects trust him to tell their stories, and opportunities to travel the world. He is excited to mentor his students and challenge them to take their projects to the next level.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
2006

Brian Kyle

Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography

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Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography


Degrees

B.S. in Photography, 2004
B.S. in Graphic Design, 2004

Cliff Rusch

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

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Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A., associate professor of art, specializes in graphic design. Rusch worked as a staff designer at Pacific Press Publishing Association and as a senior designer at Lauren Smith Design in Palo Alto, California, before coming to PUC in 1987. He enjoys photography, mountain biking, and camping.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1980
M.F.A., Academy of Art University
2004

Rajeev Sigamoney

Rajeev Sigamoney, M.F.A. - Chair

Professor of Film

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Rajeev Sigamoney, M.F.A. - Chair

Professor of Film

Over the past 15 years has worked as a Writer, Producer, Engineer & Pastor. Driven by a passion to tell meaningful stories, Rajeev moved to Hollywood in 2002 and began his screenwriting career. While repped by the Endeavor talent agency, sold projects to networks including Disney, Endemol and Fuse, while writing for Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy winners Melissa McCarthy & Tony Hale. He is also the writer/creator of the internationally acclaimed webseries, The Record Keeper. He lives in Napa with his amazing wife, Brittnie, and his son Blaise and is excited about developing the next generation of filmmakers.


Degrees

B.S., Johns Hopkins University
1997
M.S., Johns Hopkins University
2002
M.F.A., Academy of Art University
2016