Noelia D. Goss

Media Arts & Animation

Media Arts & Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Noelia D. Goss

Work hard, meet deadlines, and be professional. Noelia D. Goss , Media Arts & Animation Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

After working for a year in computer programming, I realized that I wanted something more, so I put a portfolio together and got accepted to two schools. Preparing my portfolio and becoming immersed in art helped me realize that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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


I use examples from my professional experience that apply to the projects we work on in class, to add a layer of realism to the learning.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

With every project I assign, I offer real-world examples and provide guidance. Students often tell me they enjoy my video tutorials—especially when I open their file and pass along tips and ideas to enhance the work.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

I don’t assign group projects, but we do use classroom critiques. I find most students benefit from getting different perspectives on their work.

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

Work hard, meet deadlines, and be professional. Networking starts in school, so building a good reputation in the industry is critical for success.

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

Be a team player.