Rikki Hommel

Fashion Design

Fashion Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Fashion

Learn how to take constructive criticism—and how to give it. Rikki Hommel , Fashion Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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

As soon as I stepped into the classroom.

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

My experience allows me to hold students to industry standards, and it means I can share relevant examples that ground the learning in the real-world.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I try my best to get the students involved with their projects by building assignments around ideas that inspire each of them. I don’t put any major restrictions on them, and that frees students to take more ownership of their work.

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

Learn how to take constructive criticism—and how to give it.

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

Meet deadlines. And work not just as an individual, but as part of a team.