Willie Charles Moore

Media Arts & Animation

Media Arts & Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Willie Charles Moore

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

I share the work I’ve done as an independent animator and freelance designer with my students. That way I can take them though the creative process and add real-life insights that help them understand how things work in the industry.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Every assignment reflects my approach to teaching, which is a combination of lecture and demonstration. Occasionally I ask a student to come up and run through parts of the lesson so the others can learn from a peer.

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

A little friendly competition is always a good thing. It also helps students to understand that criticism isn’t personal—it’s intended to help them grow as a designer and artist.

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

Finish what you start, try not to make the same mistake twice, and look beyond the obvious.

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

I tell students to always act like a professional, because you never know who’s watching...you never know if the person you’re talking to is your next potential employer.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I was a student athlete, and I think the discipline required to succeed in sports and animation are similar in some ways.