Sofia has over 10 years of experience in Design, Photography and Digital Media, allowing her to maintain a wide variety of skills that assist in supporting students, professionals and enthusiasts involved in the Creative industries. Moreover, she is studying MSc Design and Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh and holds a 1:1 BA in Photography and Audiovisual Arts.
Since she started teaching in 2013, she has taught students of all ages (7 to 70!) and abilities, including individuals with learning difficulties and behavioural issues.
Moreover, she has delivered bespoke Adobe creative training for clients such as BBC, SKY, WWF, ILGA, NHS, Roche, The National Gallery and several Universities and Colleges.
CREATIVE LEARNING IN TEACHING
Sofia has successfully employed a motivational approach when teaching and found that this led to many positive student outcomes, such as developing their creative thinking. She chooses content and activities that are both significant and challenging for the students so that they are stimulated to think beyond their comfort zone and feel involved in their learning process. A key part of her career is helping students reach their full potential, which she works towards by focusing on creative thinking when teaching.
What is your education and expertise?
Currently, I'm studying MSc Design and Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh where I work with 3D, Motion Graphics, VFX, UI/UX and Video Games. I also hold a 1:1 (Hons) BA on Photography and Audiovisual Arts, where I had the opportunity to experiment with different forms of visual and digital art, whilst specialising in advertising photography and image editing. I have also achieved a Digital Photography certificate from the University of Harvard.
I started designing with Adobe in high school, and since 2015 I've continuously been one of the very few Adobe Certified Instructors and Experts. Because of my comprehensive knowledge of the Adobe software and digital media theory, I received a series of certifications from Adobe, such as Educator Specialist in Visual and Video Design, Digital Imaging and Digital Creativity Expert for classrooms, Expert in Digital Media and Creativity Training and Adobe Education Trainer, accrediting me to train other educators.
Why did you choose to teach and what is your greatest satisfaction as a tutor?
I followed a career path that allowed me to gain diverse skills, as I was eager to immerse myself in all types of digital media. This wide variety of skills and experience assisted me in supporting other professionals and enthusiasts involved in the creative industries.
At first, I began by tutoring my classmates in university, making me realise my love for teaching, leading to my first teaching position at the age of 22.
I feel a great sense of achievement and pride in helping my students realise their full potential and that in itself is hugely rewarding. I love using my knowledge to help and inspire people; giving them the opportunity to see their visions become a reality and would love to devote my future in inspiring and educating creatives.
What advice would you offer to a student that wants to become an expert in the field you are teaching?
In the words of one of my greatest inspirations, Sir Ken Robinson, 'If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original'. In the world of creative arts there is no definitive right or wrong, so as long as you nurture your inner child and do not limit your creativity you will go on to create great things.
Original interview published by the London Graphics Academy