Clayton Madrid

Clayton Madrid

Successful creative professionals are passionate about what they do. Clayton Madrid , Adjunct Faculty , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew that I was destined to become a creative professional around age six; legos were my life. 

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I use real-world examples from my personal practice and case studies relevant to course work.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Assign a question rather than an answer. Alluded solutions hinder conceptual development.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Collaboration generates cross-disciplinary comprehension through simulated interests, naturally developing into unique solutions. 

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Learn how to learn. Successful creative professionals are passionate about what they do. Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you will get a job or be a success.