Jane Jilich, ASID

Jane Jilich

I teach at Ai because these young minds have so much potential. If they learn one new thing a day for the rest of their lives they will be successful. Jane Jilich, ASID , Interior Design Instructor
, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

In second grade, I knew I wanted to be an artist...I just didn’t know what type. After earning a degree in contemporary humanities and philosophy, I began working for hotels...and decided I’d rather design them.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

As a practicing professional, I’m in a position to share real-world experiences with my students every day. We discuss the realities of the practice of design—both the positives and the negatives. I think you can learn a lot from the negatives.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

In one of my classes, students learn how to select items, fill out purchase and work orders, manage a budget, make a profit, and solve a real client’s challenges. I teach them that we all have to start somewhere, and there’s no perfect solution to a problem—just many excellent ones.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Learn something new every day. Keep searching for the beautiful, the inspiring, the innovation that’s all around you.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I teach here because these young minds have so much potential. If they learn one new thing a day for the rest of their lives, they’ll be successful.