John C. Wong

Media Arts & Animation

Media Arts Instructor
The Art Institute of Vancouver

John C. Wong Faculty

"A tool is just a tool. You are the creator." John C. Wong , Media Arts Instructor , The Art Institute of Vancouver
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I was working as a marketing executive for Nikon, I never thought I’d end up using computer graphics. But through the company’s connection to the film industry, that’s exactly what happened. I always tell people it reminds me of line from Forrest Gump...

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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

I use my over 20 years of experience to show students how the industry works, and how to be professional in work and their relationships with co-workers.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I use as many real-life examples as possible in order to tie the skills students learn to the real world.

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

Don’t limited by the tools you have. A tool is just a tool. You are the creator.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’ve been working with computer graphics since 1994 in Hong Kong. My work includes movies, product design, television commercials, documentaries, and architecture.