Rebecca Roe, MFA, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Design
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5234
Fax: (626) 387-5727
Office Location: Building One, Room 229
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Rebecca (Becky) Roe, Ph.D., brings to the classroom her experience as an accomplished, award-winning designer. Roe has invested in her APU students since 2003 by combining a theoretically focused MFA degree, a service-oriented design practice, and a natural ability to inspire students. She is also a contributor to nonprofit organizations such as World Vision, public broadcasting, and educational institutions, alongside running her own design business.

Roe developed the current APU graphic design program. Her curricular expertise coupled with her artistic vision set a strong course for developing an innovative Department of Design. Roe’s doctorate in intercultural studies led to research interests that include leadership options for creative women, teaching and learning practices in 21st century design education, and how identity and difference intersect in the context of wholeness. Roe applies these concepts in pursuing opportunities for diversity within design programming and providing initiative for imagining growth in the design field.

Artist’s Work


  • Ph.D., Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • A.B., Occidental College


  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Design


  • Ethical Issues in Design
  • Icons and Images
  • Typography
  • Visual Culture

Courses Taught

  • ART 221 – Production for Print Design
  • ART 281 – Graphic Design I
  • ART 385 – Graphic Design III
  • ART 386 – Multimedia I
  • ART 446 – Graphic Design Processes
  • ART 475 – Art Internship
  • ART 481 – Graphic Design IV
  • ART 580 – Critique
  • ART 582 – Critique
  • ART 590 – Independent Studio
  • ART 591 – Independent Studio
  • ART 592 – Independent Studio

Office Hours

By appointment

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