Brianna M. Burnett
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Keep learning. This education is just a start. Brianna M Burnett , Photography 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 started college (pre-law), I took an introduction to art course to fill my art credit. My professor said, “I’ll check back in a year and see what your major is.” I never looked back.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I offer professional experience—and more importantly, lessons I’ve learned. More often, I share stories about my peers and colleagues who are really working hard in the industry and having great success. I’ve learned so much from them, and I want my students to learn from them as well.
How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I ask students to observe professionals, and to go beyond what they consider a good photograph to be. In school, they have a chance to think outside the box—not just do what clients expect. I want students to have fun and be excited!
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Keep learning. This education is just a start. Stay in the loop, stay up-to-date, and make sure you continue to learn and grow.