Jim Arnold, IDSA

Industrial Design

Lead Industrial Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Jim Arnold

Learn to love solving everyday problems. Jim Arnold, IDSA , Lead Industrial Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew it when I was in college studying industrial design.

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

I create assignments that mimic the design challenges students will find in a variety of industries, based on my real-world experiences and research I’ve conducted.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I teach by example as we cover a range of industry design skills and methods in the product development process. My classes include sketching, computer modeling, rendering, design research, human factors, materials, and communication. In each course, students learn by doing, with me at their side.

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

Collaborative student projects promote teamwork—and instill an understanding of what it’s like to work in a multi-disciplinary design setting at a company.

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


Learn current skills and methods so you can bring value to an employer. Learn to love solving everyday problems.