Thomas Fritschi

Thomas Fritschi

The value of attending The Art Institute of California—Sacramento is…the chance to work and collaborate with other disciplines/artists. Thomas Fritschi , Faculty , 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 had the opportunity to visit Pinewood Studios in England. There, I was able to see where Star Wars, James Bond, and Alien—some of my favorite movies—were filmed. Right then, I knew I wanted to tell stories for a living.

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

From working for Current TV, NPR and the BBC, I have many experiences and lessons to share with my students to help them navigate the industry. I started working in factual programming at a good time, right as the industry began to focus on documentary as a new source of entertainment revenue. With this experience, I find that even though many of my students are initially drawn to film from watching narratives (that is how I started), I’m able to help them realize that they can tell just as compelling stories with documentary as well.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I teach a class where my students are given the opportunity to produce an organizational video for real-world clients. The students not only are able to get their work published or broadcasted, they are able to learn professional communication skills, which are extremely valuable in any industry.

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

In my opinion the value of attending The Art Institute of California—Sacramento is not just the extraordinary faculty instruction, but also the chance to work and collaborate with other disciplines/artists. We constantly collaborate with different creative industries in the real world while creating a film. At The Art Institute we use the collective power of our faculty and students to share expertise from each department. This affords students the invaluable opportunity to have outstanding portfolios by the time they graduate.

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

The most important thing that any student needs to know in order to be successful is to put as much effort into executing ideas as coming up with them. It is important to know theories on how to create something, but it is absolutely necessary to create something that works in the real-world.