Pam Planera

Graphic Design Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.F.A, 2012, Governor's State University
B.F.A, 2008, Columbia College Chicago

Professor Planera is a graphic design professor in the Art & Digital Media Department. As a faculty member she specializes in advertising, animation, graphic design, package design, photography, typography and web design.

She is responsible for recruiting students and managing the graphic design team, Inspired Strategies Agency, a student-run, strategic communication firm. She is also responsible for managing a graphic design agency at: Studio 160, which is associated with American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in Chicago. 

In 2005, she received her Associates Degree in Applied Science: Graphic Communications and became certified in Digital Design, both at Prairie State College. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Graphic Design, in 2008, from Columbia College of Chicago. In 2012, she graduated from Governor's State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree: Independent Film & Digital Imaging. 

In 2007, she started her own design and photography firm: Farfalla Designs + Photo, which is now called Farfalla. The team has grown and been working together for almost ten years and specializes in graphic design, photography and web design. Her professional website is: www/ and her Instagram is: farfalladesignsphoto.

From 2010 to 2019, she served as a professor for the graphic communications department and for the visual communications and multimedia arts department in photography of Prairie State College. During that time, she was the only graphic communications tutor, internship specialist and juror for the Photography of the Year Award.

Her hobbies and outside interests tend to revolve around her firm, designing, photographing weddings and traveling. She also designs play billboards in Chicago, Indiana and Las Vegas.

"I am very passionate about the fields I teach and I share every ounce of my enthusiasm with my students in the classroom. I love mentoring and preparing students for the outside world! My goal is to leave the community a better place than it was when we arrived. "