I lead workshops and one on one coaching in portfolio preparation and career building for design students and professionals.

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I lead portfolio workshops and private sessions for career building and graduate school preparation, based on
my teaching experience at UCLA Extension and California State
University Northridge.
Private Coaching 
I design flexible structures to help private students:
• Develop a personal creative voice through design of meaningful portfolio pieces 
• Design of the content and style of the professional package including résumés, cover letters, business cards, websites, portfolio presentations and promotional pieces
• Prepare for the ​interview process
• Prepare for graduate school statement of purpose
Workshops
• Portfolio building
• Experimental typography
NOTE: Students are required to take at least 2 private sessions for assessment and goal setting before participating in the Portfolio Building Workshop. 
Background
I enjoy teaching and mentoring students of various age groups, educational backgrounds, and nationalities from all over Los Angeles, United States and across the globe. Having taught over 1,500 students at UCLA Extension, California State University Northridge, Woodbury University and Mount St. Mary's University, has contributed to a diverse education on my part in terms of student demographics and variety of subjects.

Right: Chinese high school students visiting UCLA Custom Programs to learn about college and career venues in art and design fields.
Educational Philosophy
The two pillars of contemporary Graphic Design are Visual Communication and Design Thinking. Therefore, in teaching this complex field one must consider principles of visual design and methodologies in Human Centered Design. However, the glue that binds all of this together for the designer is the concept of Personal Agency.
In Anthropology, Agency is defined as being able to act independently in making free choices. I believe a flexible teaching structure that allows for playfulness, fun, curious questioning and mistakes, fosters Personal Agency. For this reason, in most of my courses, I allow students to choose their own project topics. This approach provides an engaging experience in research and experimentation, leading to memorable portfolio pieces that contribute to student success and meaningful change in society.
One of my first teaching experiences at CSU Northridge Senior Project Class was leading the professional portfolio preparation for forty students from the diverse fields of Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Art Education and Animation. I quickly learned that I needed a unified and yet flexible structure with space for individual research and soul search within the timeline tasks. This menagerie of unique creative voices was quite a remarkable collection that spoke to the inseparable role of context in the pursuit of creative professions. Students were working 
individually and yet this was an involved and engaged collaboration as we shared curiosities, explorations, experiences, failures and iterations. I incorporate aspects of these Design Thinking methods in teaching Graphic Design.
In visual design projects, many of my students struggle in transferring their creative vision to computer designs. In their fascination with the glory of the computer and its exceptional visual design powers, they fail to see the direct connection between their own sketches and the digital realm. I require quick sketches to generate multiple ideas. One sketch is scanned and used as a guiding template to keep the integrity of the designer’s artistic touch. Regardless of designing a Swiss Grid or an organic layout, a book jacket, an information poster, an advertisement, a website, or an app, this is a fast way to achieve control in visual computer design. In finding the balance between one’s vision for the communication of a message and the outcome of its visual properties, the designer becomes a Creator.
As Creator, the Graphic Designer must strive to master both visual and strategic aspects of creating compelling solutions. Thorough understanding and experience in visual layout design, questioning, research, brainstorming, sketching, collaborating, failure and testing are essential. However, the first step in becoming a Creator begins with observation and the confidence in one’s own intuition.
The Creative Voice Project
At my Art 200 Media Visualization course at Cal State University Northridge I created an experimental springboard assignment for students to learn basic Adobe Illustrator drawing and painting skills and explore their creative voice in one short session. Students created their own vision for the Red Riding Hood universal story.
History of Graphic Arts at CSUN - Name Plate design


Photoshop at CSUN - Students designed posters/advertisements about their topic of choice that had something to do with hair. The requirement was to separate the hair from its background as naturally as possible. 

Photoshop at CSUN - Students designed movie poster about their topic of choice

History of Graphic Arts at CSUN
Students designed posters as parody to historical references

History of Graphic Design in Context at UCLA Extension - Students designed theatrical posters based on historical design movements

History of Graphic Design in Context at UCLA Extension - Students designed editorial magazine spreads for interviews with historical/contemporary graphic designers

History of Graphic Design in Context at UCLA Extension - Students designed invitation cards for events pertaining to historical/contemporary graphic designers

Design II: Collateral Communication at UCLA Extension - Students designed advertising applied to different formats

Design III: Branding at UCLA Extension - Students designed a branding system

Taking a break a the Cal State University Northridge Dock Pond with Design Students

Design II at CSUN - Students designed book jackets about their favorite person

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