Interior Design field trips visit Michael Kors and go Mediterranean all in the same week!
August 3rd, 2015

L to R: Aida, Michelle, Nick (Century Guild), Kaely, Jean (Inst.), Yasmeen and Angelese.
All of us at Michael Kors!

Last week the Interior Design Program took two field trips.

On the first trip we left on Tuesday at 9:30 and included Michelle, Aida, Yesmeen, Kaely and Angelese. Michelle and Aida are working on their ID415 Commercial II projects, retail design for Michael Kors and a Mediterranean restaurant respectively. Our first stop was to South Point Mall in Durham where we visited the MK store and the MK boutique in Macy’s all the while discussing basic retail design concepts. Yasmeen, Kaely and Angelese are taking ID207 Lighting for Interior Design and they were introduced to basic concepts for retail lighting specifically how important it is to have lighting that is color corrected in order to show fashion in the best light (ha ha) and Branding. I think we all did very well avoiding the urge to shop!

We left the mall at noon and headed off to Chapel Hill to have lunch at Med Deli. We had a delicious spread of hummus, tabbouleh, schwarma, etc. Kaely has never had Mediterranean food before so this was all very new for her. Over lunch I introduced a new lighting design project and talked about the importance of acoustics, presentation and ambiance for restaurant design.

Our next stop was to a custom furniture company called “The Century Guild” also in Chapel Hill. We were shown many different species of hardwood lumber and veneer. The current project in the shop was to restore the hand carved pews and millwork at Duke University Chapel. Truly amazing craftsmanship. It was 3:00 and we sped off back to school through gorgeous NC countryside.


The next field trip was on Thursday and involved Shannon, Ryan and myself (Jean). They are currently taking ID 101, Introduction to Interior Design and I thought it would be nice to go to the “Whitley Furniture Gallery” in Zebulon. Who knew that this massive showroom could exist in this small town! We had a great time, it took us almost 3 hours to see and experience all the beautiful high-end furniture and accessories. The manager was kind enough to give our studio a box of fabrics and finish samples.

- Interior Design Professor, Jean Eitelman

Living Arts College visits local agency “Baldwin &”
August 3rd, 2015


Recently, Professor Mark Smith took his Studio Practices students to visit Baldwin &. Founder David Baldwin met  the class at the door and spoke with the class about the agency, it’s rise, and his process for creating prize winning content.

Student Juan Varon wrote the following review of the trip which is quite inspiring and gives a great student’s point of view.

“This field trip is by far one of the most productive and inspiring. We got to see a great Agency and spoke with the man behind it.

David gave a detailed walk through the story of his agency and his current clients and projects. He’s professional experience goes back to 1985 where he started working as a Copywriter at McCaffrey and McCall, he moved and to Dell, Deutsch, Hal Riney & Partners, Cole & Weber, companies where we worked as Copywriter for 1985-1994. David then moved to Leonard/Monahan as creative Director/Partner, where he worked for almost three years. After three productive years in Leonard/Monahan he moved to NC and started working at McKinney as Executive Creative Director and Partner agency where he worked for over 9 years, and at the same time he was chairman of the One Club for Art and Copy. After that long year at McKinney he decided to start his own agency with two more partners, and created Baldwin &. Agency that has grown exponential for the last couple of years and has won many awards for their work.

David was really helpful by answering all our questions about his agency, their work, his perception on new employees, what he likes to see in portafolios, etc. This was an amazing experience! Great agency to visit, see some work and huge clients. And the most important this was a great possibility to network and see a local successful agency by first hand.” - Juan Varon

Living Arts College at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)
August 3rd, 2015

July 28th, 2015

Professor D.Varone took her first term class, much of whom are animation and interior design majors, to the North Carolina Museum of Art last Tuesday. Our Living Arts College students were engaged in the Teen art display in the East Wing,

…as well as the special video exhibition “Zoosphere”

“Questions may arise: Is the gallery a new zoo? How does this installation allow visitors to appreciate or see these animals in a different light?” by Allison Hunter, whose works frequently tackle man’s effect on the environment and the effects we have on other living creatures, brings these concepts to the forefront in her multichannel video installation Zoosphere.

The class also viewed the permanent instillations such as the beautiful paintings featuring Italian Art in the West Wing.

They all took part in a special afternoon of learning about various displays of artwork & culture, enjoying camaraderie wonderful NCMA, which is one of the marvelous, and educational amenities our Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina has to offer.

ZEN GROOVE ARKEST at Living Arts College, Friday August 7
July 30th, 2015

Zen Groove Arkest will be performing at Living Arts College, Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:00PM
Find out more here.

The Zen Groove Arkest is a music collective that experiments with multiple genres to create soundscapes for the ear and soul. The group’s name is a combination of how the music was originally described as “Zen groove” music and “Arkest” is an homage to the eternal Sun Ra and his Arkesta.

The Museum of Science Fiction works with Living Arts College Student, Alum and Professor
July 2nd, 2015

Living Arts College Valedictorian Graduates Justin and Kristina Fick (husband and wife) attended a V.I.P event at The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington D.C. The museum officially opens in 2017.

Justin and Kristina have been creating videos documenting an installation piece for the museum from the science fiction book “Eon” written by author Greg Bear. Janet Phillips, professor at Living Arts College composed and scored the music for the videos as well.

To watch one of the videos click here:

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Sou Vannavong at E3!
June 18th, 2015

Sou Vannavong, a graduate of Living Arts College, recently attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, in Los Angeles, California. E3, is an annual trade fair for the video game industry, presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It is used by many video game publishers and accessory manufacturers to reveal and advertise their upcoming games and game-related merchandise. Sou is the environment artist working for Red Storm and Ubisoft entertainment, a world renowned studio known for amazing game franchises such as Far Cry and Ghost Recon.  Sou and his team were at E3 showcasing their latest projects such as: Tom Clancy’s “The Division”, RainbowSix “Siege” and many other  titles developed by Ubisoft and Redstorm. While attending, Sou had the opportunity to learn about the new technologies and games being developed, from the latest titles to be released by Nintendo, to the latest updates from Microsoft, he also had the chance to meet some amazing people like Steven Yeun, aka Glenn from the Walking Dead, who had stopped by the booth to check out “The Division!” Tom Clancy’s “The Division” is set to release on March 8th, 2016, check out other titles on Redstorm and Ubisoft’s websites. #UBIE3 #WeRise #TheDivision

Dijonnaie goes to work!
June 4th, 2015

Dijonnaie Gonzalez, Living Arts College’s lead Student Ambassador,  Started working as a part time employee at Insite Solutions LLC located in Wake Forest, NC in February of 2015. Dijonnaie is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Interactive Media here at Living Arts College and is set to graduate in September. She found out about the opportunity through the Professional Services Department. Insite Solutions LLC is a company that specializes and is the industry leader in Lean Manufacturing. Lean is how a company manages their warehouses to a certain regulation by law. It allows for production to happen safely and proficiently through safety floor signs and strict protocols. Dijonnaie works as the social media coordinator for the company and is also responsible for managing any graphic design projects. She has worked very hard to improve her skills as she gets closer to graduation and will be hired as a full time employee after receiving her degree!

Jason Campbell Visits LAC!
May 22nd, 2015

Living Arts College is always excited to hear about what our Alumni have been doing since graduating from the college. Occasionally, they like to stop by and check in to see whats new on our state of the art campus. Jason Campbell, one of the very first graduates way back in 1998, visited the college while he was in town on some personal business. Jason took a tour of the campus and spent some time speaking with Ben Parks, Rich Ponte and Kwame Hawkins of the animation department. Jason has built and amazing portfolio since he began his journey. He worked at Disney in Los Angeles for a time before he landed a position with Weta Digital. Jason worked at Weta Digital for about three years and during that time he worked on feature films like The Hobbit, The Wolverine and Superman. Recently Jason has moved to Vancouver, Canada to work for Rainmaker Entertainment. Everyone here at Living Arts College would like to thank Jason for stopping by and we look forward to hearing about more of his success in the future!

You can view Jason’s portfolio at

Professional Development Day!
May 20th, 2015

Living Arts College may have just out done ourselves on the best Professional Development Day yet.  We offered our students a day of education through fun, team work and building relationships along with more than a few goodies they could win.  We began the events with a morning show that emphasized how to save money while shopping on a budget.  The Staff and faculty all participated in a comedy skit to illustrate what to do and not to do on an interview.  This was a crowd pleaser as we had “the clueless”, “the jerk”, “the slacker”, “the know it all” and the “the perfect candidate”.  Of course, I could not resist an opportunity to join the fun by playing “the clueless” smacking gum, talking on her cell, worse candidate ever role.

After the laughter settled down, we had a seminar educating students on the best ways to obtain financial aid.  We used the skills taught during the day to tie in with another fun event to help the students understand costs with a game of “The Price Is Right” LAC style.

As a final caveat, Student Services and Professional Services provided and served lunch on our famed red carpet using the budget tips taught in the seminar.  Days later we are still hearing accolades from the students, staff and faculty about this Professional Development Day.

We are particularly proud and excited that local businesses also participated in the event by volunteering and donating their services to make this such a great day!  There was more than even enough prizes provided by Living Arts College and the community donated enough for everyone attending to win anything from gift certificates to art supplies.

Living Arts would like to thank the following for their most generous donations of gifts to this event:  Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, Target, PDQ, Miltons’s Pizza, Jerry’s Artarama, Marquee Cinema’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McDonald’s Corporation, Gamesturz, Game Stop and many others.

Chris Koch and JBO Productions
May 20th, 2015

Living Arts Alumni Chris Koch has made great strides to make his way into the film industry and has taken a step in the right direction by landing a position with JBO Productions. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, JBO Production is a full-service production company focused on the outdoor lifestyle. In addition to creating full-length television shows and national commercials, JBO offers production consulting, field production, and other services. JBO’s award-winning production team stays ahead of the curve with the latest technologies, techniques, and practices.

In 2010 Chris received his Associates Degree in Digital Filmmaking from Living Arts College. During his second quarter at the college, Chris was in a terrible motorcycle accident and suffered from several injuries. This posed a challenge for Chris as he had lost his memory and knowledge of film amongst other things. This was not enough to stop him from achieving his goals and he began to re teach himself everything he had forgotten and more. While in the midst of dealing with his accident and pursing his dream, Chris had the opportunity to work with the band Aerial Down on one of their music videos being shot at the Living Arts College. The producers of the video spotted Chris’ natural talent and offered him an internship to work at their company! Chris jumped at the chance to work with industry professionals, he began his internship with cane vision working as a cameraman for the games from 2010 to 2014. At the same time, he began working with UNC Chapel Hill both in house and in the field to film all of the sports events. He has also received several awards; a Telly award for “sick” music video by Airial Downas director and a Telly award and Ava award for hurricane warning by Airiel Down as cinematographer.

With his success mounting up, Chris took a shot at producing a video for Redbull Media. He and his crew spent four days filming and editing until the video was ready to be submitted. Chris and his team were successful in giving Redbull Media exactly what they were looking for. Later on Chris submitted his resume to the producers at JBO Productions, seeing his success, they knew they wanted him on their team. Now Chris is working on his own TV Series due to Air in July called Huntfool, a show about the biggest and baddest Hunts that hunters wait their entire lives to participate in. Recently, Chris traveled to Key West, FL to film professional Spear Fishing, he had the amazing opportunity to swim with dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and was able to get some incredible footage of the local marine life. Chris is excited about how things are developing and is on his way to a very successful career in the film industry. Congratulations Chris, we wish you the best!

You can follow Chris on instagram @chriskoch_ambition