Andrey L. Milman
Fashion Marketing & Management
Fashion Marketing & Management Instructor
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Learn from others, but think for yourself. Andrey L Milman , Fashion Marketing & Management Instructor , The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I inherited my creative gene from my mother, who was a designer and educator. She was my first teacher. So you could say I was born into this profession.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
As a practicing designer, corporate trainer, and consultant, I stay professionally involved in the industry. My work with a licensing agency keeps me up on the latest marketing trends. I always make sure the projects I assign in my classes reflect the current professional standards and trends.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I explain to students how each project relates to professional practice. I encourage them to participate in professional contests and take on freelance projects. I work some projects commissioned by actual industry firms into some courses, because I believe when students face the real-world expectations of their future profession, they’re motivated to push themselves further.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
I often have Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising students work side by side. I encourage them to offer critique, advice and professional insight from the point of view of their discipline. It helps a Fashion Design student to get the perspective of a future merchandising professional—and vice versa.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Start by defining what success means to you. Learn from others, but think for yourself.