Dr. Raz Ben-Ezzer, Ph.D
Web Design & Interactive Media Instructor
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Don't sell yourself short, and don't underestimate yourself. Dr. Raz Ben Ezzer, Ph.D , Web Design & Interactive Media Instructor , The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I wanted to be a creative professional starting in my early teens, and that drive got stronger when I was studying film and television at the University of Tel-Aviv.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
My entire teaching philosophy is based on tailoring the learning experience to meet current industry needs and standards, updating them often, and thus serving the needs of the students as viable, capable, informed, and employable graduates. All my courses are outcome-based, with special attention given to final projects. Each final project in every course I teach is designed to be used later as a portfolio piece.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I teach the Web Design portfolio class, where students preparing for graduation assemble their best work. I take special care to invite industry professionals and employers in the field to review, critique, and advise portfolio students.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
In my audio classes, collaboration and teamwork are an essential part of the class. Most major projects are done in teams in order to mimic the reality in the industry, where most projects and productions are team-based.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Love what you do.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t underestimate yourself.