Graphic & Web Design
I'm constantly talking to my fellow faculty members to make sure that we are offering a cohesive program, and not just a collection of classes. Rob Huddleston , Faculty , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I spend a lot of my time outside of class focusing on industry best practices and keeping my eyes and ears open to what is happening in the local design community. This way I can bring this information back to my students in real time and integrate it into my curriculum.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
There’s not just one assignment. It’s a holistic approach. I'm always re-evaluating my assignments and projects to make sure that they are demonstrating up-to-date technique. I'm constantly talking to my fellow faculty members to make sure that we are offering a cohesive program, and not just a collection of classes. That way, we can make sure that we are pushing our students to always do their best and expand their horizons—and that they’re ready for the real world.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
In the real world, designers never work alone. It's vital that students learn to collaborate, both with other students in their own program as well as those in other disciplines. We as a faculty are always looking at what we teach and talking to each other to find ways that we can have students work together.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
I don't believe that there is a single thing that I impart to my students that's more important to others. That'd make for an awfully short program! Instead, I try to impart important goals—like the need to think and act professionally, to focus on the quality of their work, to look at details, and more.