When Mark Hock discovered Leonardo da Vinci in the second grade, the Renaissance artist, scientist and inventor became a role model to the recent Macomb Media and Communications Arts grad. In later years, Hock would add Tim Burton, George Lucas, Jim Henson and Giacomo Bala to the list as well.
“While other kids at my elementary school were drawing stick figures, I was drawing crazy monsters and robots,” recalls Hock. “And even though my second home was in the principal’s office, I still managed to land As, to the surprise of my teachers.”
A native of Washington, D.C., those As helped earn him admittance to the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Columbus College of Art and Design. But he left before graduating to work with Milner-Fenwick on health education videos for Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He has also worked for a syndicated East Coast music TV show and for Warner Brothers before relocating to Michigan and working in community access television.
“A local TV station wanted to hire me on full time,” says Hock. “However, I knew nothing about the necessary adobe platforms required for the job offered.”
While covering Motor City Comic Con for his self-produced and directed Crazy Mark TV web stream, Hock met Matt Busch, Macomb MACA professor and a noted Star Wars illustrator who told him about Macomb’s program.
“When I finally decided that I had to up my game and learn new skills, the answer was obvious,” says Hock. “Macomb’s MACA program has all the tech and discipline as those other nationally-known and way more expensive, wallet-consuming institutions.”
Hock majored in interactive web media at Macomb, graduating summa cum laude last May. During the winter semester, his design won the logo contest for the Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, netting him a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,000 scholarship to Macomb. He is using the latter to continue his studies this fall at Macomb, pursuing certification in social media design. He has also been invited to return as a substitute instructor.
“MACA has rocked my world with great instructors and curriculum,” says Hock, who lives in Lincoln Park. “It feels good to finally be a college graduate with a degree.”