Ron Peters


Finish your work on deadline. Ron Peters , Industrial Design Instructor , The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I sold my first piece of artwork.

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

I make sure that the projects and processes are as real-world as possible...and that includes honest critiques of work.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Here’s an example: For my bicycle design project, I invited a bike designer to come in and talk about the form and function, as well as the components. Inspired by that, the students worked on concept development and created full-size tape drawings.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Students work individually on their own concepts and development, but they collaborate through providing critiques and feedback. Students learn a great deal from each other.

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

Finish your work on deadline.