Nestled in the canyon and hidden amid hills within walking distance of the ocean, the Laguna College of Art & Design has beaconed artists to its campus for 50 years.
With LCAD marking its milestone this year, faculty and graduates reflected on how the college has grown since its establishment in 1961.
LCAD's new president, Jonathan Burke, came to the school 31 years ago, when it was just starting on the road to accreditation, he said. Now it has regional and national accreditation validating its liberal arts and art courses.
Burke has seen the school expand, adding new majors, facilities and a Master of Fine Arts program.
"It means that we're balanced in terms of offering both traditional fine arts programs and visual communication majors — majors that focus more on entertainment and design but utilize the same basic language and vocabulary as the painters learn," he said.
Visual communications — the newest addition to LCAD's academic offerings — includes majors in illustration, graphic design,animation and game art.