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Art Institutes

Film & Production Majors

Pick your medium. Maximize your impact.

Put your ideas, your passion, even yourself out there to entertain, inform, or compel audiences. Whatever your form of expression, we’ll help you create a future. Explore our Digital Film, Photography & Audio Production Majors.

Program Areas

Digital Film Video Program

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

You’ll have the opportunity to learn hands-on with digital video cameras, editing, and graphics software as you tell stories in media ranging from broadcast news to motion pictures.

Audio Production School at The Art Institute of Houston

Audio Production

You can learn to record, edit, mix, and master digital audio as you produce live and studio music, and designing sound for film, radio, TV, web, and live performances.

Digital Photography School at The Art Institute of Houston

Digital Photography

Learn hands-on with digital video cameras, editing, and graphics software as you tell stories in media ranging from broadcast news to motion pictures.

Meet our Faculty

  • Patrick Brunelli Guerra

    Patrick Brunelli-Guerra

    Culinary Arts

    "Never say that something is impossible. See every challenge as a new opportunity for you to grow even more."

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    Patrick Brunelli-Guerra

    Academic Credentials

    International equivalency of a bachelor's degree, Culinary Arts, evaluated by Career Consulting International
    B.S., Culinary Management, The Art Institute of Houston

    More than 25 years' culinary experience and classical European training, including: Executive Chef, Marriott Hotels; Executive Sous Chef, Intercontinental Hotel Houston; Executive Chef, Trattoria Grappolo; Sous Chef, Sonnenalp Resort; Sous Chef, Restaurant le Beaujolais. Chef Guerra has competed and won 9 silver and bronze medals in ACF culinary competitions (2005 - 2013); Les Chaines des Rotisseurs Hospitality Award (2003); Swiss Culinary Cup, Lucerne (2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996); multiple international culinary competitions in Canada, Switzerland and Italy, including Swiss Cook of the Year 1994 and Best Apprentice of Switzerland for 1993. He is a Certified Executive Chef with The American Culinary Federation.

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

    I’ve always had a passion for cooking. When I was 13 I spent my summer vacation washing dishes at my uncle’s Italian restaurant. I was fascinated by how he prepared all these intriguing, delicious dishes. Two years later, I started a culinary apprentice in Switzerland.

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

    I always combine the basic techniques with real-life examples from my experience as an executive chef. We end each class with a recap of techniques and cooking methods, then apply them to a situation in a restaurant kitchen. It helps students understand what’s expected of them once they graduate.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    In my Senior Culinary Practicum Class, I show students the final product, then work backwards and explain the steps it takes to get there. I don’t like to hand them all the answers on a silver platter; I want them to think for themselves.

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

    Teamwork is absolutely essential. In my Senior Culinary Practicum, I engage students from Photography, Graphic & Web Design, and Interior Design to create a menu, do the marketing, and design a kitchen and dining room layout. It’s a great way for students to see the big picture.

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

    Always be humble, learn as much as you can, and be open to others’ ideas.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Never say that something is impossible. See every challenge as a new opportunity for you to grow even more.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I firmly believe that partnering with international schools is very valuable for our students in terms of broadening their experience.

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  • Graphic Design Instructor Zack Zwicky

    Zack Zwicky

    Graphic & Web Design

    "Work hard—and do it for yourself."

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    Zack Zwicky

    Academic Credentials

    M.F.A., Studio Art - Graphic Communications, University of Houston
    B.S., Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    A.A.S., Visual Communications, The Art Institute of Houston

    Professional and academic experience includes: Faculty Member, The Art Institute of Houston, University of Houston, Rice University School of Continuing Studies; Design Studio Director, The Art Institute of Houston; Graphic Designer and Pre-Press Manager, Midtown Graphics & Press; Owner / Designer, couchpotatographics; Graphic Designer, Tomorrow's Key. Exhibitions include: A Digital Cabinet of Curiosities video installation, Blaffer Gallery, 2009; Existential Motion & Mutual Migration video installation, Box 13 Gallery, 2008; Distraction installation, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, 2007.

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

    I'm not sure I've had that "defining moment," because I think of myself as someone who helps others realize their goals and potential, both through my own work and by helping students with theirs.

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

    I give students straight talk, I bring real life clients into the classroom, and I take my students on field trips so that can actually see, touch, and smell the things our industry is made of. You can’t learn about a profession like this within the walls of a building. By experiencing those situations while in school, they learn to deal with a lot of the challenges they'll encounter once they graduate.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    In Layout class, I have my students create a book about someone from a much different place—in terms of geography, religion, society, financial status, whatever. They interview that person to learn about things they've never experienced, then combine the written interview with original imagery to create a book that documents and explores the diverse world we live in.

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

    In my Art Direction class I like to have students from different programs work together. By the end of the class they've all learned something about each other’s craft, and they’re better prepared to work with others in the industry.

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

    Believe in yourself. It’ll help you succeed when you don't feel you're up to the task at hand.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Work hard—and do it for yourself.

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Latest Happenings

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Former Instructor Wins Grammy for Best Opera Recording

Brad Sayles, a former instructor in the Audio Production degree program at The Art Institute of Houston, has received a 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Opera Recording.

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Ai Houston Hosts Ciming Mei's "My Journey with Cranes" Exhibition

The opening reception included nearly 60 guests and a presentation by Mei, detailing her photography adventures and her love affair with cranes.

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If You Build It, Ideas Come: 5 Creative Workstations

Your workstation is an intricate ecosystem of order or chaos that enables you to make something new from raw material. From powerful software and precision tools to specialized gear and multi-monitor setups, digital creativity requires efficiency, flexibility, and of course, a lot of inspiration. Students at The Art Institutes discover the tools and processes that support their individual workflows, and they begin to develop the unique environments in which they do their best work. We’ve asked Ai students and alumni to share their original workstations—from the high-tech tools to the quirky totems that bring inspiration to the daily grind.

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