Living Arts College MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM Studio Tour
July 24th, 2014

Interactive Media Arts Professor Dea Varone and Audio Production & Design students David Brown and Alex Gaiters met with Jim Kelly, host of the Afternoon Drive on the WRAL-FM Show at the station on Wednesday July 23, 2014. The students were also toured around the station by Jenny Clements, Promotions Director. They also had the opportunity to meet the station’s general manager, Ardie Gregory. He shared with them the potential internship opportunities available at the station.





June 28th, 2014

Living Arts College’s 2014 Digital WOW! Summer Camp program for high school students was held on June 23 – 25. Students from all over the region were immersed in a hands-on Digital Arts experience intended to jump-start their dream careers and deliver early studio know-how directly from the experts! Industry professionals who are also professors at the College guided the mini-workshops delivering a unique hands-on experience.

Young aspiring designers, audio producers, photographers, animators, interactive media artists and filmmakers had the opportunity to explore their choice of digital arts programs with intensive classes that inspired the possibilities of a career in digital arts. Each workshop was designed to provide hands-on training in effective pre-production, production, and post-production techniques.

Upon completion of the Summer Camp programs, the students were given a Certificate of Completion and a DVD of the compiled work of all the students. If you or your high school aged children are interested in the Summer Camp go to for information on next year’s event.

June 16th, 2014

The PromaxBDA 2014 Conference brought together innovative creatives, marketers, strategists, designers, and students alike from Living Arts College and other universities from around the globe in June to the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan.

Keynote Speakers at the sessions included Ian Albinson, founder & editor-in-chief of Art of the Title; Caroline Aldridge vp/coo/project coordinator, Broadcast Design International, Inc.; Andy Baker svp/group creative director, National Geographic Channels; Jordan Beck vp, creative services and on-air Promotions, The Hub Network; and Melissa King, creative director, drama, movies and specials, ABC entertainment marketing.

Students Juan Varon, Kylie Jenkin, Stevie Hill, and Leanna Crumpler along with professor Vincent Gardner, vice president and director Debra Hooper, and president Roger Klietz attended sessions to support their professional development in public relations, broadcasting, social media, media strategy, brand integration and much more.

Kylie Jenkin, Interactive Media Arts student felt the conference was a beneficial experience, “I had the opportunity to meet many industry professionals from around the world. In addition, I really enjoyed listening to the keynote speakers and learning about new trends in the field,” she said.

The educational experience for students was one that is unforgettable. Leanna Crumpler, recent Filmmaking graduate said, “it was amazing to meet all the professionals and learn from them about the industry. New York was incredible and I’m so happy I got to take the trip and further my education.

Professor Gardner was impressed with the students’ eagerness to network with so many industry professionals. “The venue was great. It had a wide selection of sessions to attend. The PromaxBDA team was well organized throughout the conference, kept things moving and ensured everything went perfectly. The students had a great time and learned a wealth of information. My favorite treat was the swag bag…now that was awesome!” stated, Gardner.

Founded in 1956,  PromaxBDA is a global community of over 10,000 companies and individuals in major media organizations, marketing agencies, research companies, strategic and creative vendors and technology providers, and is a leading global resource for education, community, creative inspiration and career development in the media and media marketing sectors.

June 2nd, 2014

The Student Ambassador Program is a group of appointed students who uphold the Living Arts College code of conduct and are charged with the responsibility of being role-models for all their academic/professional peers and unofficial mentors for new and/or struggling students. Benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador include leadership training opportunities, high visibility on campus, enhanced employability, networking opportunities, personal development, and recognition at graduation. Serving as a Student Ambassador is one of the highest honors a Living Arts College student can achieve.

2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fair
May 21st, 2014

This year, Living Arts College hosted its 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fair. The goal of this event was to connect and serve the students by providing a means of awareness as to the services that are available to them in the community. A wide variety of vendors, such as mental health agencies, nutrition counselors, banks, wellness centers, gyms, and pharmacies were in attendance. Students were given the opportunity to network with these vendors and obtain valuable information about their services. Discounts, coupons, and samples were available at this event. A healthy lunch was provided for all in attendance.

After the fair, the College held its first field day activities for all students and staff to continue the spirit of “health and wellness”. Planned activities included a chalk art contest, redneck golf, horseshoes, and potato sack races. To cap it all off, there was a Staff vs. Student kickball game which the Staff won!!. DJ Yoko Ono Andres Ramos, Audio Production student displayed his skills throughout the outdoor activities. Overall the students and staff had a fun filled day!

May 10th, 2014

The Living Arts College Conceptual Design class has productively been working on a project where they will develop their target audience, competitors, “relative” costs, and generalized marketing plan for a product. Ideally the students are to include as much visual data as possible such as diagrams, rough sketches, color concepts, examples of similar products, etc.

Successful business owner Fredrik Perman evaluated the students’ progress based on his expertise. Fredrik was an international student from Sweden and graduated from Living Arts College 15 years ago. Presently, he is the owner and lead creator at the Product Farm, a product development and marketing company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fredrik assessed the viability of each group’s products and offered insightful suggestions for the final product concept pitch. He will return at the end of the quarter to evaluate the final pitches. Fredrik also extended and invitation to the class to visit his facility and to witness their process of product development from concept to finesse.

May 6th, 2014

Oak City Hustle highlighted Interactive Media Arts graduate, Darien Murphy in this month’s Art +Design feature.

Oak City Artist You Should Know: Darien Murphy

Every week we will turn the spotlight towards a hometown artist you should be taking note of. This week we shine a light on artist, illustrator and entrepreneur, Darien Murphy.

Darien was born and raised in New York, Darien Murphy aka De’tale was immediately consumed by a vast and exciting world of art and design. From street art and graffiti to Times Square billboards and subway posters he has always had a deep passion and love for art and design. The colors and shapes are what stuck the most, and its no surprise why when we view is most recent work. Captured by a deep passion for creating works that would change lives and inspire great minds, he has been pursuing his dream of designing for more than seven years. His most recent collection of illustrations showcases a new technique he claims as “Geo-Abstract”. These works feature the use of mostly triangular geometry shapes, which when grouped together with the right mixture of colors; form an amazing detailed and unique concept. Popular celebrity Miley Cyrus and international sporting apparel company Nike are just a couple of the inspirations featured in these pieces. Here are some examples of De’tales “Geo-Abstract’ collection.

Make sure to check out Darien on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@Khemst_ceo) to stay tuned on whats good along with his new clothing line at KHÉMST.

Article courtesy of Oak City Hustle

May 2nd, 2014

“A Long Way Off” – the Movie – received 1st Place Feature Film recognition in the 2014 International Christian Film Festival!

“A Long Way Off” features sound design and music produced by Living Arts College Audio Production Professor Craig Brandwynne and Center Sound Records.

About the film:

The inspiring true story is based on tale of The Prodigal Son taken from Luke 15:11-32 but set in modern times.

Produced and co-directed by Michael Davis (“Destiny Road”), and co-directed by Jon Errington, “A Long Way Off” captures the timeless tale of a journey to humility, repentance, and reconciliation with both a loving earthly father and heavenly Father–all in time for a June 3, 2014 DVD release just in time for Father’s Day 2014. (following the May 2014 theatrical release by PRODIGALFILM)

In this 2000-year-old story, Jacob leaves the family farm, shunning his father’s religious and business ethics, to strike out on his own in the big city, poised to conquer the world in his own way—on his terms. Surprised that his father actually obliges his request for an early inheritance, Jacob sets out for his own idea of fortune and fame, and proceeds to spend millions of dollars living the high life—only to find it come crashing down and learning vital life lessons, coming back a humbled, appreciative son, finally ready to reconcile with both his earthly and Heavenly Father.

May 1st, 2014

One year ago, Living Arts College began inviting food trucks from around the Triangle to come to Campus. The idea was to help bring interesting, unique, high quality lunch options to the growing student population. Instead of leaving campus to get their usual unhealthy, fast food meals for lunch, students have affordable, fresh options at their fingertips. The trucks come to campus 1-2 times per month. Living Arts College has hosted award winning trucks such as American Meltdown, Only Burger, and Chirba Chriba.

April 29th, 2014

Students from the Living Arts College attended the Collegiate Outreach Marketing Event: Chart your Marketing Career Path, hosted by the Triangle American Marketing Association (AMA) at Centerline Digital. The event allowed the students to hear stories quite similar to their own, and how those stories turned into successes. The panel consisted of a wide range of marketing positions as well as a wide range of job sectors. The students learned a lot and are excited about the next event.