Effi Karakaidos, MFA

Digital Photography

Photography Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Effi Karakaidos, MFA

Never stop learning. Effi Karakaidos, MFA , 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?

It was being one of only a handful of high school students (out of more than 2000) invited to join the advanced placement art class.

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

I incorporate my professional background and experience into the coursework every day. The importance of deadlines, developing a distinct personal voice and style, and the ability to adapt to various situations are among the skills I work to instill in my students.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

When teaching portfolio courses, I ask students to assemble their very best work. I help these emerging photographers identify their strengths and weaknesses so they can put their best foot forward when launching their professional careers.

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

Working with other creatives plays a large role in student and professional success. As internship coordinator for the Photography program, I’m able to guide interns through collaborative, real-world ventures with their employers.

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

Never stop learning.