Briefly In Education

May 28, 2010

Animation students showcase

Graduating seniors and alumni recently showcased their body of work to premier studios, designers and executives at Laguna College of Art & Design's Annual Industry Open House, where industry professionals met students, examined their talent and conducted casual interviews.

Members of the class of 2010 and recent grads combined to represent several of the college's degree programs including animation, game art, illustration and graphic design.

Attendees also enjoyed a screening of short films and a networking luncheon.

Each year, Industry Open House draws guests from premier organizations to the college seeking an opportunity to recruit from a select pool of qualified candidates. Students and alumni put their best foot forward for companies like Sony Online Entertainment, Volcom and Nickelodeon Animation Studios.


"Industry Open House is an ideal venue that fosters interaction between companies seeking new talent and LCAD students advancing toward a successful professional future," said Robin Fuld, director of career services. "Imagine being introduced to companies you always dreamed of working for and knowing such companies are also looking for you."

The college also recently held its second Laguna College Animation Film Festival at South Coast Cinemas, where students and alumni screened animated short films and works in progress for industry professionals.

The film festival works in conjunction with Industry Open House to showcase the work of talented students in both traditional animation and computer graphics.

Animators in the class of 2010 have already received employment and higher education opportunities with Nickelodeon's internship program, Cartoon Network's original series internship, Dreamworks' internship program, UCLA's graduate animation department and teaching internships within LCAD's own Animation program.

"This represents a win for the whole department because I know these students will do great work and increase industry awareness of the exceptional talent we have here," Program Chairman David Kuhn said.

MFA exhibit slated in Santa Monica

Laguna College of Art & Design will host the 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibitions from June 5 to 19 and June 26 to July 10 at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica.

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