Roberta H. Gruber is Director of the Fashion and Design & Merchandising Department at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. She holds a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design and a Masters degree in Arts Management from Drexel University. Roberta has a strong background in design and the business of design. She began her teaching career after spending several years in industry as president of her own dress company and as a designer for other nationally recognized firms. She also creates wearable art and has been hired to develop fashion illustrations and graphic images for marketing and advertising purposes for a variety of companies.
Ms. Gruber is the author of several articles within The St. James Press, "Fashion Encyclopedia" and is also the author and illustrator of "Fashion Images", Prentice Hall, 1999, a text on fashion illustration. She has taught at Drexel for 19 years and curated several art and design related exhibitions for the Drexel University, Design Arts Gallery. Most recently she spent 5 weeks teaching at the FIE (Foundation for International Education) in London as part of the Design & Merchandising department's study abroad program and continues to do free-lance design work.
Teaching Philosophy: As a teacher I enjoy introducing students to the world of fashion, product development and the marketing of ideas. I help them to investigate the relationships between art and the business of design along with the two and three-dimensional expressions of their ideas.
I believe strongly that a student develops a particular vision; that he or she assumes a unique, individual attitude toward design that is enriched by personal influences. It is important that they develop a strong sense of themselves as designers and/or merchandisers that will serve them as they engage in the highly competitive workplace. Witnessing their growth and development as they evolve to a point where they can present a professional portfolio or business plan is an enhancement of my own talents. Ultimately, I learn from my students, as they learn from me.