Living Arts College students win big at 2017 Triangle Advertising Federation Awards
March 7th, 2017

Living Arts College received 11 of the 12 awards given at the 2017 Triangle Advertising Federation Awards ceremony.

Cody Hamilton won Best in Show, a Gold award and a Bronze award for his photography work. Jared Macias received a Gold award for his Illustration campaign. Charles Williams Jr. won a Gold award and a Silver award for his photography, plus a Bronze award for his Art direction. Sydney Smith won 2 Silver awards for her photography work. Shannon Sullivent received a bronze award for her menu design. Samual Clement won a Bronze award for his illustration. Congratulations to these student winners. These are very prestigious awards among the Advertising community!


Living Arts College students at the ASID OneVoice Design Day on Capitol Hill
March 7th, 2017

Living Arts College students from the Interior design program had the incredible opportunity to visit the nation’s capital. Angeles Schwindt, Aida Bitar, and Kaley Eustaquio were in Washington DC. to attend the National ASID, American Society of Interior Design meeting. They attended a panel where representatives from ASID spoke to Congressmen about lobbying to allow designers to be able to bid on interior design jobs that are usually given to architects and engineers. Students visited many congressman’s offices, speaking with them about the importance of interior design.

“I felt like we contributed to a greater good for Interior Designers to be taken in consideration in the future. Hopefully this law will come through and it will create more opportunities and jobs for Interior designers so we can be considered in the bidding process” student Angeles Schwindt stated after returning from her field trip to DC.

This trip provided students an opportunity to learn about new aspects of government and their industry. They learned how to represent themselves professionally and how to be a partner with ASID.

“Unlike any other trip this one was my favorite, not only because it consisted of traveling but to me it was a rare opportunity to see successful interior designers discussing issues that concern them with passion. It showed how important a strong opinion could turn out to be” Aida Bitar also stated about her experience of the trip to DC.

Kaley Eustaquio stated, “I saw how all of the interior designers were showing courage and positive attitudes towards this type of assignment. They treated us with respect, cooperation and understanding. The field trip was a great opportunity to get to know more people in our business and thanks to the trip I got to learn more about what my career field is about”



Living Arts College goes under a dome transformation!
November 14th, 2016

“A dome transformation for one school”
Stewart Ulrich • Published 11/10/2016 at 11:00am

Monolithic Domes, just like any other building, need upkeep to stay in good condition. One place that needs attention is the exterior of the dome. Paint on the membrane can start to chip and wear off; repainting could be a large and timely endeavor. The solution: steel cladding.

Living Arts College in Raleigh, North Carolina is housed under three interconnected Monolithic Domes. Founded in 1992, the building needed an upgrade to the exterior. Steel cladding was chosen for the upgrade, which further protects the domes from wear and also gives a better look to the exterior.

The director of the college, Debra Hooper, stated the steel cladding was added mainly for aesthetics. A major reason for this upgrade, she stated, was to remove the need to repaint the domes. She described the makeover as “expensive but beautiful.”

This metal cladding prevents moisture from being trapped in the membrane. This is the long-term solution for the preservation of a Monolithic Dome. By doing this procedure, it can add more than 50 years of protection

Such steel cladding can come in various thicknesses, widths, and colors. This metal cladding is also flexible, which means it can be fitted over window and door framing. Applying the cladding is not a difficult process, but it does require special equipment. After it is completed, it only requires an occasional water spraying to remove dust.

That should be easy to maintain for Living Arts College. The school, formerly known as the School of Communication Arts, is a creative arts institution, offering degrees in filmmaking, game design, photography, audio design, interior design, and graphic design. The school is located on an 8 acre complex in North Carolina. Part of the complex houses studios for audio and video production and a photography studio.


Living Arts College Gallery Exhibit
November 10th, 2016

On October 13, 2016 Living Arts College held its semi-annual Gallery Exhibit. Everyone participating made the gallery showing at Wakefield Tavern such a huge success.

Everything was wonderful from the Food, Music, Setup, Gallery, Pictures, Decorations, Live Singing, Fellowship, Graduates, Current Students, and of course the Blue MASERATI.

The student turnout was fantastic and much thanks also goes to them because the event could not have been as successful without their help as well.

Thanks for all the hardwork and all the fun!!! And thanks to Wakefield Tavern for hosting the big event!

“It was a great evening!!!! Such a fantastic event. Thanks to all that attended and made the event so much fun! A special thank you to the organizers … especially Eundene Basnight and Dea Varone!!!” – Campus Director Debra Hooper

November 8th, 2016

On Friday November 4th, 2016 Professor Dea Varone took her Creative Thinking Class AD103 to the NCMA to see the “Rolling Sculpture” Art Deco Cars of the 1930s & 40s.

Miss Varone’s class was able to learn about how the international art movement influenced automakers of the 30s and 40s. Contrasting to modern day automotive incentives of fuel efficiency and cheap plastic parts, these cars and motorcycles are thoughtfully made using luxurious details and aircraft-inspired materials to create not only eye catching design but priceless works of art.

“I found the exhibit impressive and enjoyed the unique retro designs of the Art Deco cars that were displayed beautifully for the visitors to see and admire” – Clayton Wood (Living Arts College Filmmaking Student)

“The art deco period—from the 1920s to the 1940s—is known for blending modern decorative arts with industrial design and is today synonymous with luxury and glamour.”

Triangle AdFed presents Bill Oakley at Capstrat
November 8th, 2016

Triangle ADfed presented Bill Oakley, Advertising Guru with a pedigree that includes:

former Chief Creative Officer in the McCann Worldgroup,
Over 100 global awards including Cannes Lions,One Show, D&AD, National EFFIE’s (also judge),Communication Arts (also judge),
created one of Ad Age’s “12 Ads That Changed Super Bowl Marketing.”,
and currently he is at the University of Utah starting the ADTHING. “The ad agency staffed by students. Run by pros”

Bill’s talk centered around “Let’s all be Cows”…the theme focused on to “Tell a Story” to win the hearts and minds of your audience. He went through a series of historical ads that used story to elevate a product and captivate the audience. An important aspect of the talk was laid out in 10 elements that make a ads unforgettable. My favorite line from Bill’s presentation was “write with head and it will say something, but write with your heart and it will mean something”

This presentation was certainly memorable and educational. All the students that were able to be there felt moved by Bill’s wisdom and insights.

November 8th, 2016

Halloween is a time for candy, trickery, and most of all, the art of dress up. Living Arts College was not one to ignore this time of year. In the mood of the season LAC hosted a costume contest. The rules, simple: come in your best Halloween costume and let the school decide the winner. Led by the Student Services Department, the event lasted all day and had many people join in for the fun.
There was great participation amongst the faculty, staff, and students. Overall, twenty-three people were in this contest, including one group costume. Soon enough the results were in, and the winner and runner up were announced. Our winner was none other than Mykaela Hammonds, and our runner up was none other than Mathew “Wolf” Pinkerton. Mykaela sported an adorable panda costume, while Wolf dressed in a costume of his own design which could only be described as “Wolf”.

Students also “trick-or-treated” through the college to different staff members offices where they found a great supply of sugary goodness from which they chose their treats. Halloween, a favorite holiday at the college, proved to be both festive and fun again in 2016.

Written and edited by student, Sebastian Taylor and staff member, Maria Martin.

Trunk or Treat Event
November 8th, 2016

On Saturday, October 29th, Living Arts College teamed up with a local church for a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Event. For those who do not know, a Trunk-or-Treat is when people get together, decorate the trunks of their cars with Halloween décor, and then fill them with candy. This year we had five trunks in the Trunk-or-Treat with a nice turn out of students and community members. As music filled the atmosphere, people danced, socialized, and partook in the sweets of the night. Basketball and Four Square quickly became competitive and a joy for all who played and watched. Later in the night, there was voting to find the winner of the best trunk. Kasey Garren, a Living Arts student, won the grand prize of two tickets to NC Comic Con.

The trunks were not the only spotlight however, inside the college was hosting a double movie feature including Inside Out and the second Avengers Movie. Before the movies, one could partake in hotdogs, chili, drinks, and candy. This night was a joy for all ages.

A special thanks and congratulations to the MODIV student government, for this was their first student led Trunk-or-Treat. The event went off without a hitch and we hope to see more out the MODIV group soon.

Written by student, Sebastian Taylor and edited by staff member, Maria Martin.

Red Carpet Speaker Series: Photographer Steven Paul Whitsitt
November 8th, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd at 10:30AM, Living Arts College proudly hosts internationally known photographer Steven Paul Whitsitt for a speaking engagement.

With over twenty-five years of experience, Steven’s accolades include working with Michael Jackson, other Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honored-artists, architectural and design firms, portraiture, food, fashion, theater and dance.

Mr. Whitsitt’s early career was spent in the Navy, and afterwards he set off on a photographic adventure through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. After earning a photography, Steven then moved to Los Angeles, where he photographed music and recording artists before moving to North Carolina. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times.

Currently, Steven is the Director of Photography for Baroque Fashion Media Group, where he helps up-and-coming artists in the fashion, music, and sports fields create content and manage their brands to elevate their businesses.

Industry Insight: Professional Photographer Eric Kaufman
November 8th, 2016

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Kaufman.

Eric, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a very small town in Central Pennsylvania. Attended North Carolina State University for their College of Design and was recruited to play soccer there as well. After graduating, and realizing I couldn’t make any money as a professional soccer player, I started a design firm in Raleigh North Carolina. The company had Fortune 500 clients as well as Indie record label clients.

Eventually, the lack of larger and more interesting clients had me leaving Raleigh for Los Angeles. Soon after my arrival in LA, I landed at Deutsch – one of the top ad agencies in the country.

Deutsch gave me the opportunity to expand my photography and design into live action work. I am currently the VP, Director of Content at Deutsch, which basically just means that I’m a commercial director. I’ve shot pieces for brands like Volkswagen, Target, Sprint, and Taco Bell.

I get to collaborate with incredibly smart and inspiring people; agency creatives, producers, editors – it’s a long list. I love what I do.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is a highly competitive creative scene here in LA, but I can’t say that I’ve had to face any more adversity the next person. It’s just been a lot of simply putting in the work; doing your homework, logging crazy hours, and fighting for your ideas.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
I’m not sure I’ve had a “proudest moment” yet. I’m still working on that.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
It seems like there are always struggles in a creative field. Whether it’s a personal struggle with the creation of good ideas, or struggles with clients and co-workers to get those ideas sold through. Having said all of that, I think you’re pretty lucky to have a job as a creative, having to deal those issues.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
I love LA. It gets a bad rep in my opinion. I’ve been lucky with the people I’ve had a chance to work with, but this city is filled with smart, passionate, and creative people. That’s not to say that it’s easy. All of those talented people make it extremely competitive. It can be both intimidating and inspiring at the same time.

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