Teaching Mission and Methodologies

My mission and as an educator can be described as follows:

– Guiding the students to discover their own unique paths, through exploring their capabilities.

– Navigating between theoretical aspects of visual communication such as; human psychology, semiotics, marketing theories and smoothly blending those aspects within the context of my classes in order to train the students how to follow design briefs and come up with creative visuals that persuades.

– Imparting to each student a working relationship with the course materials and assignments, and an awareness of its usefulness in the field of industry as a designer.

– Instilling commitment, and the ability to cooperate with teammates while raising awareness of ethics and social responsibilities related to the design practice.

– Preparing students to join the design and visual communication industry with professional interactive attributes including the ability to effectively utilize a variety of approaches, and guide them to gain practical knowledge applicable to contemporary problems in the industry.

I adopt the following pedagogical methodologies and approaches in order to achieve my objectives:

– Fostering a good relationship with all students individually by respecting their culture, socio-economic background, and skill level while displaying patience, integrity and demonstrating punctuality, neatness, civility and dependability.

– Maintaining continuous support of students beyond the classroom by being available during office hours.

– Following up with students’ during the different stages of the creative process: from idea generation and concept development to design implementation using proper software/s to produce creative applications.

– Involving the students in brain-storming and discussion during class by exposing them to a variety of approaches in order to analyze the concepts, context and different techniques of contemporary designs, illustrations and recent successful design campaigns.

– Educating students to become professional creative leaders not followers, by practicing exploration in experimental pedagogy to adapt changes in tools, media and audiences.

– Committing to reliable teaching strategies, and emphasizing the importance of meeting with deadlines and producing high quality products.

– Extensively preparing for each class session through, well organized course materials and supplements.

– Constructively criticizing students’ assignments because criticism is valuable and relevant to the understanding of the course context.

– Setting clear assessment criteria delineated in a course outline , and engaging the students in a self-assessment process to help them become aware of their weaknesses and strengths.

– Maintaining consistent grading standards by rewarding hard work with either a good grade or pointing out specific areas for improvement.

– Adapting information technology and available communication tools offered by the education institution or developed by myself to create an open communication channel which ensures the fast and accurate exchange of information with students.

– Engaging in any available professional development activities.

Based on my pedagogical methodologies and approaches I adapt as teaching strategies; my students have always recognized my deep interest in their course and have responded with a matching level of interest and enthusiasm. As a result, I have always had a high attendance numbers and high student enrollment.

My students are always meeting or exceeding course expectations. (In courses I have taught where there is a common final exam for multiple sections; my students have always performed better on average than students from other sections).

I consider the success of my many students as a graphic designers and art directors a personal achievement of my own.