Mikiya Okada

Media Arts Instructor Mikiya Okada

You have to learn to produce a high-quality product in a limited amount of time. Mikiya Okada , Media Arts Instructor
, The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

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

I’ve enjoyed creating things ever since my grandma taught me how to draw a cartoon figure.

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

I learned so many things in school that I later realized were true in the industry. I share much of that with my students.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I always give assignments that, in addition to being the most effective way to build knowledge, I actually enjoy doing myself.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

One of the things students learn through collaboration is that there are so many career possibilities. They realize that things they learn in their own area of study could actually help them succeed in another profession.

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

Everybody can be great at everything if they spend enough time at it. But time is a luxury that no industry really has. You have to learn to produce a high-quality product in a limited amount time.