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Kanika Arora, MFA

Art and Design
(573) 651-2994

The academic world is fascinating and teaching, indeed, is the most rewarding two-way experience.

What area do you teach?

Interior Design


MFA Interior Design, Bachelor of Architecture

Your philosophy of teaching:

My teaching philosophy is to help my students identify their potential and prepare them for the highest degree of excellence in their careers. I want to prepare them at every hour for the real battle field in order for them to succeed and shine bright in their creative careers. Observation, exploration, perseverance and originality is key to professional development; and there is no better platform than academia to learn, observe, innovate and grow everyday as individuals and as designers. I am highly passionate to share my empirical knowledge and valuable resources with students, for them to achieve their goals and ambitions at every step of the way. Let's do it! 

Why did you decide to teach?

The academic world is fascinating and teaching, indeed, is the most rewarding two-way experience. I strongly feel the need to give back to the community by virtue of transferable skills, moral uplift and edification, cross-cultural engagement and professional expertise; in addition to touching students’ lives as I prepare them for their creative careers in today’s challenging, global environment.

Credentials/career path

Interior Designer, Architect, Panelist

Professional Highlight

Ma Educator (Recent Presenter at SCAD Show)
Commercial Photography


SCAD Outstanding Scholar, SCAD Honors, Design Excellence Recognition
Academic Scholarships

Organization with which you are involved

MODA, IIDA, ASID, AIA, NEWH, IDEC, Council of Architecture

Best advice for students

Take utmost advantage of professional events during the course of your educational training at SEMO. You will be surprised to see how valuable conversations, events or sheer observation will pave your career path and cultivate you as an individual and professional in the years to come.

There is inspiration everywhere around you. Do not miss any opportunities to learn, grow or create. Believe in yourself and do not hesitate to share/showcase your ideas.


River Campus Seminary 104

Department of Art and Design
One University Plaza, MS 7825
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701