Dr. Scot Trodick

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic & Web Design Instructor
The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

Scot Trodick

Creativity is going to be the needed skill in the coming age and right-brainers will become a sought after resource. Dr. Scot Trodick , Graphic & Web Design Instructor , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

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

In 5th grade I created a graphite drawing of the Headless Horseman and the piece was displayed in the school hallway. The feeling was so rewarding and I’ve always remembered that. Drawing has been something I was doing on an ongoing basis since as far back as I can remember.

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

I have worked with a variety of different companies ranging from corporations to start-ups which include Planetwide Games, Warner Bros., Marvel, National Geographic Kids, Sony Online Entertainment, and Paramount Pictures. From all of this industry experience I have gained many skills and insight and I weave those into the majority of my classes.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I love hands on activities that let students explore creativity and real-world business skills. One example would be a project where the students work in a group and create an entire online business from scratch. And it’s done live. It’s hosted on the student's web server space and is built to function as a real online business entity. After the initial setup, the students are tasked to make business decisions about their online company.

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

Collaboration is a huge part of the creative process. It helps us see things differently. The ability to work with others in order to come up with better ideas and new ways of seeing things is a crucial skill in staying ahead. Right-brain skills and collaboration will be crucial in the coming age.

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

You get what you put into it. Great things do not come from an epiphany; great things come from hard work. As one works hard toward a goal, great things begin to happen and ideas begin to flourish.

Anything else?

I currently teach in the Design department but have also taught classes in Media Arts and Foundations. My experience has been awesome! I enjoy getting to teach the subject matters I love every day. My role as a faculty member, in my eyes, is to not only educate, but to also motivate and inspire. Passion to do what one loves has to be nourished. Creativity is going to be the needed skill in the coming age and right-brainers will become a sought after resource. The truly successful will realize that they have the ability to nourish and build on their creative capacity.