Helga Watkins, M.F.A.
Special Assignment to the Dean
Helga Watkins currently teaches design and media topics in the Entertainment Engineering and Design Program. She has worked extensively in print, web, and environmental graphic design with an international clientele of resorts, casinos, and cruise liners. Prior to joining the faculty at UNLV, she was the art Interiors Division Art Director at Young Electric Sign Company. Her work at YESCO included art direction, design, and conceptual design for and themed retail and restaurant interiors, including lighting displays, environmental graphics, gaming graphics, and wayfinding systems. Las Vegas clients where her designs are found include the Venetian, Paris Hotel & Casino, and Mandalay Bay. As an individual design contractor, Helga created the artwork and technical designs for major comprehensive graphics and wayfinding programs, including restaurant & amenities identity design, interior signage, custom gaming graphics and lighting displays for numerous retail and resort environments. Helga developed and founded the college’s Graphic Design and Media degree major, and has served UNLV’s College of Fine Arts as a former Associate Dean and Interim Dean.