November 1st, 2013
One of the best parts about being America’s Creativity College is the ability to inspire our students to greatness by bringing amazing events to campus. This month, we were ecstatic to welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Not only is the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus a fully equipped studio on wheels, it is also a great nonprofit organization that reaches out to students, encouraging creativity and hope through music. This event was organized by Living Arts College’s own audio professor, John Taylor, and it was a huge success. Campus was filled with the awesome music of the College talented students jamming out on the instruments the tour bus provided.
If being hands on helps you excel, and you are interested in events such as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Living Arts College may be the place for you!
In the Audio program at Living Arts College, our students work with some of the top gear in the industry. Our studio was designed by an expert team of sound engineers and audio professionals in order for students to have a top of the line education. With a Solid State Logic Duality board, LAC provides audio students with the best equipment, as well as an opportunity to put theory into practice with hands on learning.
October 1st, 2013
If you have a creative mind and want to put that to use in a fulfilling career, Living Arts College is where you want to be. We bring more to the table than just traditional computer and software training. We teach our students digital storytelling, bringing concepts and more into their work.
WNCN My Carolina Classroom came to Living Arts College to take a tour of the college and interview Assistant Campus Director Matthew Kelly and Program Coordinator Vincent Gardner.
Video aired on WNCN Click Here:
My Carolina Today
September 5th, 2013
Animation & Game Design graduate, David Joyner has recently obtained a full-time teaching job at Fayetteville Technical Community College. David is teaching game design and says he is really enjoying it.
David was always helping other students while a student at Living Arts College, and should do very well with his new career direction.
Congratulations to David!
August 30th, 2013
Professor Mark Smith has had his Promotions and Industry relations class working with Backyard Barbeque of Durham to develop marketing and promotions for their family-run food business. The Simmons family of Backyard Barbeque had asked the Living Arts College students to develop a new logo. Mark Smith coordinated a cash prize contest for the best logo. Interactive Media Arts student Breton Daymude won the $100 cash prize. The Simmons family also awarded his team, Victoria Kinlaw and Sarah Garnett an additional $20 each for the best marketing promotion concepts. Congratulations to these Living Arts College students!
August 26th, 2013
Carolyn Zahnow, Founder of Shore Grief Center decided to have a design competition for her organization’s website. Interactive Media Arts Program Coordinator, Vince Gardner put his Internet Site Control class up for the challenge. The current website of Shore Grief Center needed major revamping and upgrading. The class has two weeks left of the quarter to do a “design shoot-out” to see which one wins over Ms. Zahnow and which one creates an inspiring look and feel for Shore Grief Center.
Good luck to these Living Arts College students!
August 8th, 2013
Lori Douglass, a senior copywriter at awarding winning advertising agency Capstrat, spoke to Mark Smith’s Promotions and Industry Relations class about creative brief development – - the process, the expectations, and the outcome. Lori was very thorough when she walked the class through two Capstrat projects (Raleigh Brew and Blue Cross-Blue Shield) from concept to finish. Students were given great insights into the creative process with its challenges and rewards.
July 31st, 2013
Backyard BBQ Pit, a newly established family owned barbeque restaurant located in Durham, North Carolina brought their quality home cooking “backyard experience” to Living Arts College via food truck.
Students, staff, faculty and the Wakefield/Wake Forest community enjoyed barbeque prepared just like in the old days, cooked in a “Pit” over hickory and oak wood. The exquisite taste and aroma made this dining experience an unforgettable one.
Thank you Backyard BBQ!!
July 13th, 2013
The name says it all. Mac-Ur-Roni food truck brought a unique dining experience to the Living Arts College campus. They served their delicious three cheese macaroni and cheese with fresh toppings of choice to go along with it, as well as offering Sliders (mini sandwiches) for those who would prefer to eat with their fingers.
This is the first of many food trucks Living Arts College is going to invite to serve the students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Stay tuned for a calendar of events to find out which food truck will be on campus next.
June 24th, 2013
Living Arts College faculty member, J. Brandon Johnson has recently completed the first phase of production on an international documentary about culture entitled, RapeNoMore. “It started shortly around the Steubensville, Ohio rape controversy,” says Johnson. “You have these high school boys engaging in activity that they don’t view as unquestionable (inappropriate maybe but not unquestionable) and then you have this community that cultivated their behavior tear them apart as if they aren’t accountable themselves on some level.”
After a deep discussion with a colleague with an extensive background in international social work, Gillian Goodwin, Professor Johnson decided to track the relationship between rape cultures on different continents. “South Africa was chosen as the initial place to begin because it is regarded as the ‘Rape Capital’ of the world, with over 150 rapes happening every hour according to one study,” Johnson states.
With the assistance of a group of concerned individuals, Johnson filmed preliminary footage this past March in Johannesburg of focus groups as well as a performance of artists responding to the crisis. The hope is that this model will be replicated in India (the next destination) and finally Brazil.
“We call the performances, ActiveArt,” says Johnson. “They’re projects informed by (and involving) the communities they are designed to impact. For instance, our first performance involved young boys because it’s these same boys that adopt this skewed mentality as they develop their own intimate space with their future partners.”
In September, Johnson will return to South Africa to follow up with the subjects from the preliminary shoot. He is already corresponding with a group of artists in India to begin production there. RapeNoMore, has secured fiscal sponsorship through the International Documentary Association and grants are currently being investigated to support the projects completion. The documentary is on schedule to be completed in time for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival next year. Progress on the project can be followed at www.RapeNoMore.org and on Facebook.
June 17th, 2013
Current audio student, John Pahl Ferrell accepted an internship with the PromaxBDA conference in Los Angeles, California and has been working there since mid-May.
He recently sent an email to Assistant Campus Director, Matthew Kelly to check in and share his amazing experiences thus far.
Here is what John Pahl had to say:
Hello Mr. Kelly,
Wow, I’m not sure where to start to be honest. This has been an experience that I will never forget, and the conference hasn’t even started yet.
This year PromaxBDA hired four total interns- including myself- to help with the event planning and production. They split us up according to our skills amongst the team. Brittany, a fellow intern and I joined the speaker team, and within that team I have been placed with Lisa Oropeza who is the speaker manager for the Platinum Ballroom speakers and Bootcamp sessions. Little did I know the work it was going to take to be keeping track of 160 speakers.
So you have a little background…
This year’s conference has the diamond level speakers– featuring the larger scale presentations (Piers Morgan, Mar Hamill) with a larger production in terms of scenic, set, av etc.
The platinum level sessions, or essentially, the breakout sessions (four rooms in total) are all running at consecutive times, over the period of two days. Bootcamp is the in depth leadership/training type level were college students like myself (who don’t have the $$ to attend the actual conference) can pay a reduced price and go. Bootcamp features some great discussions with amazing speakers.
So far I have been collecting incoming completed speaker packets, AV forms, presentations and contents/assets and running their information through the system. I have also been creating rundowns (schedules) and production sheets for each of the five rooms for the platinum level. Those responsibilities have taken a majority of my time, although that is not all that I have been doing. I have also have my hands in helping the the creation of the PromaxBDA App, which is available in the App Store & Google play (check it out) I was mainly involved with inputting data through the back end, and cross referencing the website to the app.
I can’t wait to finally be on site this coming Monday. All this hard work in the office is going to pay off when I see what it has been leading up to. Working with the people at PromaxBDA has been a great experience. Everyone is extremely nice and also very professional in their work. This is going to be one heck of a conference!
I think I’m about emailed out. SO MANY EMAILS! I have been corresponding with some very high level television/ production company people. They know my name…now it’s time to put a face to that name.
I have a sweet signature which I am able to, makes me look official.
Give everyone at LAC a high five and or a hug (your choice) for me.
John Pahl Ferrell
Event Management Intern
1522-E Cloverfield Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Living Arts College founder, Roger Klietz caught up with John Pahl at the conference and was excited to see firsthand the experiences John is encountering and the connections he has made in the industry.