Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Kulkarni

As a professional, it is my job to convey the lessons I learned working in the industry and share stories of real-life situations to my students. Sandeep Kulkarni , Faculty, Media Arts , 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?

In 1993, I played a concert for a crowd of over 9,000 people at the Indian Institute of Technology. After experiencing the energy from the crowd when I was on stage, I knew that I needed to be involved in music and media for the rest of 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?

As a professional, it is my job to convey the lessons I learned working in the industry and share stories of real life situations to my students. As an educator, I give students real world scenarios to see how they can overcome challenges with creative problem solving. 

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 I taught 3D visual effects, I required students to recreate realistic movie quality effects for their final project. It is difficult to recreate computer generated graphics to make them look believable, so it really pushed their creative boundaries and the end result was a piece to showcase in their portfolio.  

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

In the industry, collaboration is a requirement. It is essential for students to develop collaboration skills throughout the duration of their time in school to be industry ready upon graduation. The media industry is large, but at the same time, small. Word of mouth can lead to other jobs and being a team player is one of the most desirable qualities in any new hire. 


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?

As the Associate Program Chair, I see value in keeping it real with my students during academic advising sessions. I want them to visualize a 2-3 year projection for their career and be true to their talent. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is imperative when you enter the job market. 

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

For the past 23 years I have been a musician. I am a classically trained vocalist and work in a variety of genres. From rock, metal, Indian fusion,Sufi, and classical; I try to sing it all.