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Helga Watkins, M.F.A.

Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts


Helga Watkins serves the College of Fine Arts as Associate Dean. Helga has worked extensively in print, web, and environmental graphic design as an art director, designer, and consultant. She teaches in the graphic design program, and is currently developing a professional degree program in Graphic Design & Media, slated to begin Fall 2014.

Prior to coming to UNLV to start the graphic design emphasis program, Helga worked with an international clientele of resorts, casinos, and cruise liners as the art interiors division Art Director at Young Electric Sign Company. Her work at YESCO included art direction, design, and conceptual design for themed interiors, including lighting displays, environmental graphics, gaming graphics, and wayfinding systems. Local clients 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 the restaurant & amenities identity design, interior signage, custom gaming graphics and lighting displays for the Orleans Casino, the SunCoast, SouthPoint, and wayfinding design for the Orleans Arena. She has also worked extensively in advertising design, experience design, conceptual design, and illustration. She also enjoys restaurant identity design; she has created logos for over 30 restaurants. Her restaurant work has included comprehensive design of all visuals to successfully launch: environmental graphics, websites, ad campaigns, menus and all printed collateral, merchandise, packaging, and architectural signage.