Raz (Russ) Ben-Ezzer
Born in New York, grew up in Israel. Served in the Israel defense forces, military intelligence, first Sargent, honorably discharged. Studied Film and TV at Tel-Aviv University and sound recording.
Raz Relocated to Florida in 1990 and has been teaching since then to present day as full time instructor and ranked professor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Specializing in web design and development, spatial computing and XR, all aspects of audio recording and production, and curriculum development.
In 2007 completed a Doctoral degree (PhD) from Nova South Eastern University in Computing Technology in Education. During same period, Ben-Ezzer worked as an independent multimedia producer. he designed and produced a variety of multimedia projects, including web sites and Audio.
- The commodores (1997-2002, house engineer, several projects including 25th anniversary video)
- Digital Media Arts College, Boca Raton
- CBS "the Fugitive", TV series 2000 special effects, web screens, effects, screen design.
- Motorola USA (several internal projects, including instruction)
- Baby Eyes D Adventures in Seeing (DVD)
- Orange county- CA (CD-ROM for driver safety, 2001)
- Miami herald (CD-ROM for sales and advertising promotion, 2002)
- Motion Graphics
- Unity Engine
- Avid Pro Tools
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Premier
- Adobe Audition
- Adobe Animate
- Microsoft Office
- Apple logic
- Spatial Computing/XR
- Instructional design
- Teaching Web Development
- Curriculum Development
- E-learning design
- Teaching Audio Production
- Teaching Audio for picture
- Web front end design
- Custom SMS development
Educating and Instructional Design. over 30 years of experience in computer-based education, including curriculum development and computer lab management, both at college and corporate training level.
Spatial Computing. Designing, coding and deploying XR and Augmented reality for Magic leap platform and mobile computing
Web Design and Development. Experienced in all phases of web design, using a variety of tools. Specializes in front and back end design, cross platform compatibility and delivery, as well as image design and digital imaging software.
Audio Instruction & Production.Composing, producing, mastering, streaming web audio and audio for picture. Specializes in the use of Avid systems including Pro Tools and various other audio software.
An Interview with: Dr. Raz Ben-Ezzer, Ph.D
Web Design & Interactive Media Instructor
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I wanted to be a creative professional starting in my early teens, and that drive got stronger when I was studying film and television at the University of Tel-Aviv.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
My entire teaching philosophy is based on tailoring the learning experience to meet current industry needs and standards, updating them often, and thus serving the needs of the students as viable, capable, informed, and employable graduates. All my courses are outcome-based, with special attention given to final projects. Each final project in every course I teach is designed to be used later as a portfolio piece.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I teach the Web Design portfolio class, where students preparing for graduation assemble their best work. I take special care to invite industry professionals and employers in the field to review, critique, and advise portfolio students.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
In my audio classes, collaboration and teamwork are an essential part of the class. Most major projects are done in teams in order to mimic the reality in the industry, where most projects and productions are team-based.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Love what you do.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t underestimate yourself.