Tom Galmarini

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic & Web Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

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I want each student to engage in meaningful activities that will enhance their learning experience leading them to comprehension of the material and the ability to put it into practice. Tom Galmarini , Graphic & Web 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?

There was no one moment, I’ve just always enjoyed drawing. I consider myself lucky that I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.

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

I give students real-world examples of my work so they can see exactly how the things they’re learning in the classroom relate to the actual, everyday challenges and opportunities of the profession.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

The longer-form, project-based material I assign is a good example of my teaching style. I like to combine lecture, class critique, and individual attention to create a rich learning experience.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

I’ve seen first-hand how collaboration has helped students understand how important it is to work together to achieve a common goal.

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

Work hard. Do what you love. Make good decisions.