Richard Estrada


You've got to have the desire, dedication, and determination to succeed. Richard Estrada , Instructor , The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

It was when I decided to surround myself with like-minded people who share the same passion for the creative arts.

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

I bring real-world experiences from my past—both the successes and the failures—to convey the reality of what it's like working in the industry.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

My approach is problem-based learning; I teach students to think within before thinking outside to solve a problem or seize an opportunity.

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

Collaboration teaches students the fundamentals of team building, and gives them valuable experience in working with the diverse cultural backgrounds of people in the creative arts. Everyone shares their own point of view, and everyone gets a fresh perspective on the project.

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

If you believe, you can achieve. Success comes in cans, not cannots. Your attitude determines your altitude. You’ve got to have the desire, dedication, and determination to succeed.