East Coast Game Conference
April 22nd, 2016

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Our Living Arts Students and Graduates attended the East Coast Game Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina April 20th and 21st! It was a record turnout for the conference with companies such as the power house Epic Games to small indie studios gracing the floor. VR (Virtual Reality) was the big draw this year and the students got to experience VR first hand. Lead Game Designer and Founder of Junction Point, Warren Spector was ECGC’s keynote who spoke about the ever changing game industry and narrative.

The students and graduates had the opportunity to network with many notable studios. One of the highlights from the conference was the Career Lounge! Each year, students from universities meet industry professionals to have their portfolios critiqued to improve their skills and get ready for their careers. Derrick Nsibuka a graduate of LAC met with Eric Peterson, former CEO and Art Director from Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. to review his character models. The advice given by these professionals are invaluable! Everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to attending next year!
Thank you ECGC for another great year!






Congressman Butterfield Event
April 22nd, 2016


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Our student and soon to be graduate Juan Varon had the opportunity to attend a film event for Congressman G.K Butterfield of North Carolina. Juan attended with Wayne Moseley from Admissions. This was a big event for the Congressman who made 3 stops in North Carolina to promote job opportunities in our state.

Juan is an upcoming graduate and is passionate about all aspects of Film and Interactive Media. While filming, G.K Butterfield discussed hot topics such as Immigration, Student Loans, and promoting community colleges. One of the highlights mentioned was the Congressman proposed a 4 year place for a new transport system for the Raleigh area.

 




Local Rotary Club Tours Living Arts College
April 20th, 2016

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On Monday, April 11th, the Wakefield Rotary club held their monthly meeting at Living Arts College. Vice President and Campus Director, Debra Hooper, shared the history of the college, including stories of the origin of the dome-shaped buildings.

After a quick meal, the large ensemble was divided into two groups that toured the campus. One tour was hosted by Mrs. Hooper, and the other followed Vince Gardner, program chair of Interactive Media.

Many of the Rotarians were parents or grandparents of potential students, and many promised to bring back their respective students to tour the school.




Living Arts College attends GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco!
March 29th, 2016


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This year Living Arts College had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for GDC (Game Developers Conference)! Our Animation Professor, Kwame Hawkins attended with 3 of our animation students. This was the first time the students got a taste of the game industry and were able to network with professionals in their future field. When the students arrived back from their trip on Monday, they were glowing and filled with excitement! Below are brief statements about each of their experiences in their own words.

Kwame Hawkins, Animation Professor
This year’s GDC was an amazing opportunity for myself and my students. We got to experience the latest trends in the video game industry. We also got a chance to attend the IGF and Game Developers Choice award shows. The game “Her Story” won a lot of awards and the game is based looking at an interrogation video of a murder suspect. The game is unique and it has an engaging narrative. We also spent time talking to vendors, and industry professionals. The latest trend in the industry is a VR (virtual reality). I also played “We expect you to die” which was an alpha build of the game and it was hosted at the Unity booth on the expo floor. All of the major game engines support it and its peripherals. Most of the time I spent playing in VR was using either the Oculus Rift or the Samsung VR gear. The experiences were immersive and the game play was engrossing. Overall, I think that the event was amazing and I had a great time. I know that myself and my students both learned a great deal.

LAC attends GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco!

Jonathan Pierce, Animation Student
GDC was an amazing experience. It not only exposed me to the industry, but allowed me to broaden my view of the tasks I need to do to get a job. The technological advances I saw were astounding. VR (virtual reality) was amazing, and the ability to immerse people completely in new and old worlds. Networking opportunities were vast at GDC. I highly recommend anyone wishing to enter any part of game development to attend at least one GDC; with plenty of business cards and a well-polished portfolio to show off.

Alberto B. Vazquez, Animation Student
There were a lot of things that were shown at the conference that where simply amazing. I enjoyed the mini-seminars that were scattered throughout the conference. You could just sit, watch, and learn on any number of topics such as texturing a character, or how to make your particles look better by showing tips and tricks. There was also many different companies from around the world that you could sit down with and talk to about what they’re doing as far as making new games and different styles of making them. I also met a lot of different people (developers, programmers, artists, modelers) from around the world, Argentina, Russia, Germany, Mexico, and the UK. After talking and sharing with them I got a lot of insight on how to do things, and what to expect.

Tucker Wolf, Animation Student
GDC was a great experience. My biggest takeaway from the conference was learning about the Train Jam. The Train Jam is similar to our local Game Jam but you travel by train to the Game Developers Conference and create games during the 52 hour train ride from Chicago to San Francisco! I plan on signing up for next year, it sounds like an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow game developers. The art talks were very informational and I especially learned a lot during the substance painter talk. The networking opportunities were incredible and I met so many interesting, talented people from around the world.

See photos from their trip on the next page…






Interactive Media visits Clean design
March 22nd, 2016

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3.7.16

Living Arts College recently had the pleasure of visiting Clean Design! They are a branding and advertising agency in Raleigh, NC. The students had the opportunity to speak with their Chief Creative Officer, Scott Scaggs and Jon Parker, their Associate Design Director. They gave us a presentation about Clean Design and the large amount of notable companies they work with. The students were impressed they have collaborated with Red Hat, Lonerider, and the new Boone advertising campaign. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from their visit. Thank you so much Clean Design!

A few quotes from our student’s perspective:

“I like the sense of community they had as well as being a small successful business.” – Beth Ann Seiberling

“I enjoyed the way that this establishment operates and that they truly exemplify “Clean Design” it is really awesome. The building layout was incredible from the entrance to the lunch room to the office spaces.” – Bracey Brown

“At Clean Design, they informed me of different ways to advertise myself by going to events. They also told me about events that they hold to help people build their portfolios and internships with them.” –Kim Townsend




Graphic Design students visit SAS
March 22nd, 2016

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The Interactive Media students had the opportunity to visit the highly successful company SAS! Located in Cary, NC on their campus lies a multimedia department and a graphic design department. We met with their Designers, James Rushing and Ed Harriss (alumni of Living Arts College). They were gracious to give us a full tour of their studio. We were able to visit sets used for their web casts, the large green screen room, and let’s not forget the life size T-Rex on the wall!

Afterwards, Ed Harriss presented a few pieces of work he recently completed for a large tradeshow shown in 4 different countries. The students learned what type of software they use, their pipeline, and the thought process to get SAS colleagues engaged at these tradeshows. This was a fantastic tour, and the students learned many facets within SAS. Thank you so much James and Ed for a very insightful tour!

A few quotes from our student’s perspective:

“SAS offers great incentives for its employees and I hope to work for a company that takes such high concern for their employees.” – Beth Ann Seiberling

“One of the things that I learned about SAS is the software they use to produce their products. There was also a presentation of their work they send out to tradeshows. They explained to us about deadlines, and how much time it takes to create certain products.” – Kim Townsend

Graphic Design students visit SAS




Living Arts College Winter Gallery Show
March 22nd, 2016

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The Living Arts College hosted their annual Winter Gallery Showcase in our auditorium to recognize students for their talents. Awards were distributed to, Interactive Media, Film, Audio, Interior Design and our Animation students.

Our opening entertainment was the talented Jayvon Harris! He took the stage and got the audience pumped for the festivities! Our Interactive Media Professor, Dea Varone started our opening commencement welcoming students and family. After, she introduced two of our students as the night’s hosts, the beautiful Aida Albitar and the charismatic L.J. Williams. They did a wonderful job hosting and kept the audience very entertained with their quick witted banter.

Each department had a special reel arranged to showcase all the winners from the gallery. The work from our students was vibrant, on trend and creative! The film students did a fantastic job for their short film Avarition. The film was written and directed by Dylan Powers.

We are so proud of our students and all the accomplishments they have achieved thus far!

Living Arts College Winter Gallery Show Winners

 




The Wolf at the Kennedy Theater on Friday March 4
March 8th, 2016

 

Prof. Craig Brandwynne, VP LAC. Debra Ann Hooper & Producer Lauren Kennedy

We had a great time and the show was fantastic!

The music was recorded at Living Arts College and produced by Craig Brandwynne.

All of the music was recorded at B2R Studios at Living Arts College with live musicians:
Drums & Percussion, Piano, Violin and 5 Woodwind instruments.

Thanks to all of the students that participated in the recording.
Students: Maxwell Gratzer, Dakota Sawyer & Kayla Doyle




Living Arts students win big at Advertising Awards Show
March 5th, 2016

  

Living Arts students won the majority of the awards from this year’s TriangleAdFed American Advertising Awards show, taking 14 out of 17 home!

The TriangleAdFed Student American Advertising Awards Competition, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation and National Ad 2 is held every year. Students competed against other local colleges in the categories of Photography, Poster Campaign and Illustration. Living Arts College has won “Best in Show” 3 years in a row.

Congratulations to all of the award winners this year! We are so very proud of our winners!




GRADUATE SHOWCASE: Frank Carbone
February 29th, 2016

 

Former Living Arts student Frank Carbone has been very busy since graduating.

With his business savvy and extensive industry training Frank was able to start his own successful events and production business and eventually gained much experience with shift radio production, promotions, remote broadcasts and much more. After nominations for two North Carolina Underground Music Awards, opening performances for Naughty By Nature, Bobby Valentino, Tony Sunshine & Lil Mama and appearances on local TV, radio and newspaper, Frank released his debut solo album.

Frank is now the midday on-air personality/assistant program director for Pulse FM (96.9 & 102.5 – WPLW) from 10am to 3pm.

Living Arts College wishes Frank the best in his continued success and looks forward to hearing about more in the future!