Effi Karakaidos

Digital Photography

Adjunct Faculty, Digital Photography
The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University


Never stop learning. Effi Karakaidos , Adjunct Faculty, Digital Photography , 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 I was destined to become a creative professional when I was one of only a handful of students (in a high school of more than 2000 students) invited to be in the Advanced Placement art class.

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

I incorporate my professional background and experience into the classroom on a daily basis. The importance of deadlines, having a distinct personal voice and style, and the ability to adapt to and thrive various situations are among the assets I instill in learners. 

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?

When teaching portfolio courses, students reaching the culmination of their degrees are asked to assemble their very best work as a base for their professional portfolio. I enable these emerging photographers to identify strengths and weaknesses to ensure that their potential is reached, and they put their best foot forward when embarking upon their professional careers. 

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

Collaborating with other creatives plays a large role in student and professional success. In addition to teaching on ground, I also teach for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division and am the Internship Coordinator for the Digital Photography Bachelors of Science program. Through this position, I am able to guide interns through collaborative real world ventures with their internship employers.

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?

Never stop learning.