Living Arts College enjoys the North Carolina Museum of Art
June 10th, 2016



Living Arts College Professor Dea Varone’s Visual Construction AD101 class enjoys morning at the NCMA in Raleigh. The group toured the East and West buildings and enjoyed time outdoors in the museum park.

“I’m definitely going to go back” Nathan Malcom – First year Animation Student

The students viewed the permanent collections from contemporary art to the fluid sculptures of Rodin. The 164-acre Museum Park is home to more than a dozen monumental works of art, with artists actively involved in the restoration of the Park’s landscape and the integration of art into its natural systems.

The NCMA’s permanent collection had its beginning in 1947 when the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $1 million for the purchase of works of art, making North Carolina the first state in the nation to use public funds to buy art.

They all took part in a beautiful afternoon of learning about various collections of artwork & culture.

May 9th, 2016



Animation and Game Design student Cindy Nguyen is now working at Breakiron Animation & Design as a “Rigger”. Cindy’s job is currently a contract job, but she hopes it will lead to full time work when she graduates. She was discovered at The East Coast Game Conference that Living Arts suggested she attend.

Breakiron interviewed her at the conference and gave her the job after being impressed by Cindy’s demo reel. Living Arts students get the jobs while still in school! Way to go Cindy!


Professional Development Day
May 4th, 2016



On April 27, Living Arts College hosted the College’s Spring Professional Development Day. This quarter, the Professional Services department planned a breakfast for the students, a guest speaker and a part-time job fair with local businesses around the area.

The students were treated to a continental breakfast in the morning before our job fair. We then had a wonderful guest speaker talk to the students about their career vision. Deb Oronzio, certified life coach and founder of Self-Empower Coaching, discussed how to find success, significance, and satisfaction in one’s current or future career. She really had the students engaged, she covered how to professionally handle themselves while networking and during an interview, and creating a brand for themselves. All the students were inspired after listening to our guest speaker, they even signed up for a free one on one consultation. Thank you so much Deb Oronzio for a very informative talk!

Afterwards, students met with local businesses around the area hiring for part-time jobs! We had Lowes Home Improvement, Milton’s Pizza and Pasta, Harris Teeter, and more! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to visit our college and meet with our students! It was a great morning!


Film produced in association with Living Arts now playing!
May 4th, 2016



Union Bound
The Movie now playing at the Wakefield Marquee
Raleigh NC

Living Arts College’s Associate Professor Craig Brandwynne along with his company Center Sound Records; lead the audio production team for this Uptone Pictures film, UNION BOUND. Living Arts College was happy to be a part of the production. Several students worked on this film during the filming and audio post-production process. Audio
instructor Nicholas Bagwell headed up the location Audio team while Craig Brandwynne produced and composed some of the film’s music and was the audio production and the music supervisor.


*** Jeremy Allred … sound effects editor
** Nicholas Bagwell … dialogue editor / sound mixer
** Craig Brandwynne … supervising sound editor
* Maxwell Gratzer … sound effects editor
* Arnold Hernandez … sound effects editor
Keaton Lusk … boom operator / sound mixer
*** Thomas McCullough … boom operator
* Louis Roussell … boom operator / sound mixer
* Brian West … boom operator

* Faculty
** Current Student at the time of production
*** Alumni

Living Arts College and its association with local film companies are proud to be on the credits and involved with these productions. Not only do our student get an opportunity to work in the field, they get to go to the movie theater and see their name and hear their work on the big screen. We are very proud of our faculty, staff and students.

Living Arts grads make Virtual Reality breakthrough!
April 29th, 2016



Local VR media pioneer studio, started in-part by Living Arts College grads, makes a major breakthrough!

Digital Light Brigade (DLB), based out of Raleigh, NC, is a pioneer in providing VR experiences, equipment and services. DLB also does Virtual Reality hardware and software evaluations on request. Its Co-Founders invite you to become a part of their vision by joining DLB innovative initiatives at

DLB recently announced its successful configuration and test of a 360° spherical camera cluster using six separate but synchronized, GoPro Hero 4 Session cameras to create a Ultra HD, 360 degree capture. According to DLB Co-Founder, Chad DiGirolamo, “To my knowledge, no one has attempted anything like this yet using the Hero 4 Session cameras. The light weight, high action, HD cameras are new to the scene, but the technology was ripe for some virtual reality experimentation. So we took it on…”

You can read the rest of the press release here:

“This Press Release marks the beginnings of my new venture with my son Chad Di Girolamo. It’s history in the making as Digital Light Brigade pioneers and leads perhaps the greatest leap in everyone’s media experience with virtual reality, or as we say, ‘Life All Around.’ Enjoy the ride!” – Vinny Di Girolamo, Owner DLB

Di Girolamo’s son Chad along with Chad’s brother and sister are all alumni of Living Arts College.

Read more about DLB’s exciting news here:

You can check out Chad’s animation reel here:


East Coast Game Conference
April 22nd, 2016



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



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



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



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



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