Andrew Burnstine

Fashion Marketing & Management

Fashion Marketing & Management Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Fashion

Listen. Learn. Do. Dr. Andrew Burnstine , Fashion Marketing & Management Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I gave a talk to a group of high school students, they hung on every word I spoke and asked so many questions about my work and about me. I was so impressed that I decided to work more on the creative side.

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

I incorporate events and experiences from my professional career. Students are so excited when I show them photos of me with Bob Mackie. It often leads to questions relating to the industry, and possible internships with Mackie and other famous designers.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I have an assignment in Fashion History class where I ask the students to discuss themselves and their experiences. I use this introduction to learn more about each student and how I can help them throughout the course.

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

Each student has so much creativity to offer. In the classes that feature group projects, students get the opportunity to work with each other, bringing their personal observations, experiences, and beliefs into play.

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

Listen. Learn. Do. Ask as many questions they can of their instructors, and challenge them to help you learn more.