Micheal Swank graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA - Printmaking and Design in 1998. In his design career he has been Art Director for California Tan (packaging), San Francisco Examiner (Hearst), Miller Huber Marketing, Joie de Vivre Hotels, S.F. Business Times, Disney, Dance Magazine, Pasadena Weekly, and others.
Micheal began to teach Graphic and Web Design in 2001 and decided to pursue teaching as a full time profession. In 2006, he completed his Masters in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. focusing on the use of technology to create dynamic learner-centered-experiences online, on campus, and using hybrid methods. He led within the design education community as Academic Department Director, Graphic Design and Web Design Interactive Medias at the Art Institute of California Inland Empire, Art Institute of California San Francisco, and Associate Dean of Academics Art Institute of Houston - North. While with Art Institutes he drove to revamp the curriculum for Art Institutes Graphic Design, Web Design Interactive, and the newly launched Graphic and Web Design program to meet employers’ needs. Micheal believes in the ability of education to transform lives and make positive changes in the world.
In January 2012 he left his position as Dean to travel, learn, create, and ignite his passion for learning. He lectured on innovation using new technologies (Inception: Understanding Your Next Inspired Idea About Graphic Design's Future) for Universidad of Monterrey, Mexico, Raffles University, Guangzhou, China, and Fremont College, Los Angeles, CA. During this time he lived/exhibited his photographs in Mexico City, Mexico and became completely obsessed with street cuisine in his travels.