Hayley Killian is a Central New York native who lived in the Mohawk Valley until moving to Rochester, NY, to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

This move was never one she envisioned for herself. A dancer from the age of three, she saw her collegiate classroom as a studio and her exams as performances. She lived for putting on her pink tights and lacing up the ribbons on her pointe shoes. In high school, she began looking at schools with strong dance programs and even began planning to audition. However, right around this time she was diagnosed with the chronic pain condition Fibromyalgia, and a future of grueling physical activity was no longer an option.

Heartbroken and searching for a new dream, Hayley turned to the only other thing she’d been interested in: art and design. She decided on Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue a BFA. This program allowed her to hone her design skills and learn to look at design as a field that is not only about design alone but also about psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, and a wide array of other fields. This exposure to other fields prompted her switch from Graphic Design to Advertising and Public Relations and it could not have been a better decision. In this new program, she gained a broader knowledge of marketing, technical writing, and the integration of design in all communication related fields.

Outside the classroom, Hayley is passionate about participating in Relay For Life and raising money for the American Cancer Society. She is also an active member of RIT’s Vis Viva Dance Company and enjoys exploring local coffee shops.


©Jackie Molloy