FIDM Faces

Joe Bautista

Digital Media

FIDM Students have high aspirations and it is great to feed off that as an instructor.”

Joe Bautista splits his time between teaching and freelancing as an interactive and print designer. Born in the Philippines, Bautista earned an MFA in 2011, and has lived in Los Angeles since he was four—playing hockey, practicing saxophone, and hanging with his German shepherd in his favorite city.

How do you marry your industry career with teaching?
One of the most important principles I apply from work is that students must understand the creative process. I teach them to conceptualize ideas, understand audience/user needs, and craft engaging, authentic, relevant solutions.

Can you describe a favorite class project?
The final portfolio in Digital Media is a personal website. It’s a culmination of students’ work at FIDM and they know it will help them get a job. The process is very rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
Students here are different: FIDM Students have an entrepreneurial spirit. They have a vision to conquer the world with their work. Also, the students are up-to-date with their software skills. By the time I get them, they have received a good foundation from their first year classes.

Do you have a teaching philosophy?
Planning, researching, and being a good communicator are keys for success in Digital or Graphic Design. Creativity counts, but it is meaningless without the other skills.


Joe Bautista is an Outstanding Faculty Award Winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.

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