On Tuesday August 26, Living Arts College had a visitor, Dr. DaBeth Manns from Washington, D.C. Dr. Manns brought with her three audio files that were recorded by her late mother Belinda Staten Womack, a classically trained Mezzo Soprano and school teacher from Winston Salem, NC and Washington, D.C. The files were in need of restoration on the account of the equipment used to record the performance. Professor Brandwynne and his portfolio studio class proceeded to go through the files with a fine tooth comb. By utilizing the SSL duality and some state of the art software, the team was able to clean up and bring back the presents of the original performance. Dr. Manns was immensely impressed with the facility and the students’ knowledge of their craft during the project. Living Arts College prides itself in bringing real world experience for students to participate, in addition to the traditional methods of teaching.
August 26th, 2014
August 25th, 2014
Kevin Kusy, a Life Science instructor at Living Arts College, recently participated in the 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships, which was a world-wide ultimate frisbee competition held from August 2nd to August 10th in Lecco, Italy. Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport where seven people from each team pass a frisbee or disc to their teammates on a field similar to a soccer field and score goals by catching the disc in end zones like American football. Kevin was one of three captains for the Master’s division team, Boneyard, which is based in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area. The tournament hosted Boneyard along with almost 200 other teams in five divisions and had close to 5,000 total participants. Boneyard played nine games during the week and competed against teams from Columbia, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Finland, and the United States and completed their tournament with an undefeated record and World Championship. Boneyard won the Finals 17-8 after taking half 9-2 against a Canadian team named FigJam. This is the first championship for Boneyard, who has competed at multiple National Championships and has finished 2nd in the Nation three of the last four years. Images include Kevin holding the Master’s division trophy, a picture of the entire Boneyard team, and an action shot from one of the games. To find out more information about Ultimate Frisbee please visit the usaultimate.org website.
August 19th, 2014
Four Living Arts College students traveled to Vancouver, Canada for the 41st conference and exhibition and were among 14,045 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 50 U.S. states and 75 countries. All gathered to experience cutting-edge computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Current Animation & Game Design students from the College had a “once in a lifetime” moment networking with their favorite companies such as Pixar, Reboot, and Animal Logic. “Animal Logic was the most down to earth group of people and they really enjoyed talking with us (students) giving feedback, advise and pointers, said Miles Calloway. Dominique Staples was thrilled to have met with some of Pixar’s leading team. “It was awesome to see people from the industry doing the things I love to do. I was able to learn how far I need to push myself in order to get better and better at my craft,” said Dominique.
Flying across country from North Carolina to Vancouver was an adventure of its own, but overall the flight was good according to Leon Landrau-Jones, “minus the turbulence here and there.” Miles was especially impressed with the beauty, “it is lovely seeing mountains and the water all at once.”
The conference boasted more than 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space featuring 175 participating companies. The students believed the most impressive area was the Career Pavilion floor. In fact, according to Ryan Hallmark, “the job fair was the most memorable experience. I was able to meet the creators of my favorite 90’s show, Reboot.” “Seeing the various companies and new technologies, and being educated on what the professionals use in the industry and understanding the bar I need to set for myself to get a job in the industry was worth the trip across country,” claimed Leon.
An impressive 1,533 speakers and contributors participated in the conference through a variety of talks, sessions, panels, papers, presentations, tutorials, and screenings.
The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. In addition to SIGGRAPH’s leading-edge technical program, the conference’s installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.
August 14th, 2014
August 14th, 2014
Living Arts College welcomed international student Yasmeen from East Riffa, Bahrain this week. She received a “red carpet” tour around campus by Vice President and Campus Director Debra Hooper. Yasmeen will officially start classes in September.
August 11th, 2014
Scott Scaggs, VP Partner/Creative Director explained Clean Design’s agency concept “we simplify communications to create meaningful connections with our clients’ brands.” As well as the design process for the agency, including brainstorming sessions, account planning, creative including print and web integration, commercials, and client pitches.
Interactive Media students Mariah Chapman, Juan Varon, Stevie Hill, Tikira Burnette, Mekayla Newsome, and Steven Drake attending the informative field trip to Clean Design with Professor Dea Varone.
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 http://www.living-arts-college.edu/camp/register.html 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.