The REEL VFX and Career Guide
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MEASURE YOUR VFX POTENTIAL AGAINST 25 YEARS OF GRADUATES

Find THE "REEL WORLD" Visual Effects STUDIO PROJECTS:

Living Arts Graduate - Barry Safely

Living Arts was founded 25 years ago and
remains among the very best animation
and visual effects schools.

First as a student, their talent really appears.
Living arts students have consistently won over 90% of the Addy awards entered.

Twenty—five years ago we were ahead of our time, but we hardly knew it. At that time, we were a media production group creating video walls + multimedia slideshows on our Oxberry animation stand + filming breakthrough technology in the Australian outback + producing Las Vegas industrial theater + designing theater spaces + creating plans for a school that would be the future of media education. With this kickoff, Living Arts College was created in 1992. It was the natural extension from the founding team of the production studio Communication Arts. The same producer/director team would dedicate the mission of the school to preparing graduates with the ONE essential skillset ... the ONE essential toolset required to grow their talent beyond usual classroom study—deliver EXTREME CREATIVITY at the studio level!

STUDIO EXPERIENCES so real & so intense, we've named them PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVES

The PID—PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVE DIPLOMA is about practicing studio level production in real time with “reel” world tools and techniques. For those accepted, they go to work making films, building games, crafting ads, engineering sound tracks, concepting interior spaces, photographing the talent and creating the magic of visual effects—VFX.

The PID experience is about connecting with a smaller, highly passionate team of students, faculty and staff. Studio design and production is about teams turning time and talent into commercial works of media art. Meeting the challenge requires a personal best attitude. Do you have the passion to grow to creativity professional status?

Demanding goals for
the Professional Intensive Diploma

PID Goal — Complete in 12 to 18 months ... all project work

PID Goal — Perform under tough-love critiques to earn a Greenlight for your projects

PID Goal — Demonstrate you can add value seeking rewards through applied imagination


The PID experience

is about heading for the studio in months with top skills in less time and without the cost of a
4 year degree

Creativity is rewarded when the production is completed on time and on budget and to audience aclaim. Whatever the media, the Living Arts graduate understands the business of creativity. This is the PID advantage over an old school education.

Professional Intensives

which Professional Intensive program will test your creativity?

FOUr ways to begin the studio campus experience

Take the My Creativity Survey

Find out about yourself and your potential. Be rewarded with an evaluation by a staff expert.

Connect with an informational Q & A or … Connect with a Q&A

Get answers from an expert.

Phone: +1 919.488.8504
Email: info@living-arts-college.edu/creative
Skype: lacrkz

Plan the studio visit

Come to the Studio Arts Campus
to see creativity at work.

Phone: +1 919.488.8504
Email: info@living-arts-college.edu/creative
Skype: lacrkz
We’ll host you at SmartSuites on campus!

Get our feedback

What are the possibilites?

Phone: +1 919.488.8504
Email: info@living-arts-college.edu/creative
Skype: lacrkz
Tell us: “I have questions.”

Do you see yourself in this film story?


Show us your potential &
earn an invitiation
to make application

If you can take a blank canvas, a blank piece of paper, or pick up your camera or a musical instrument and create an expression of your creativity, share your passion with a studio advisor. Phone Doris Arnold, Senior Creativity Advisor at 919-488-8504. If Ms. Arnold is not available, one of her experienced team members will assist you.

Yes, we help create success for tomorrow's top creativity talent.

MAKE YOUR DREAMS REAL AT LIVING ARTS

FIND YOUR POTENTIAL | MEASURE YOUR CREATIVITY | GROW HIGH-END STUDIO SKILLS!

Growing a career as a top Creativity Professional is a big challenge. Find the pathway to success with real-world studio training. Here's your opportunity to find out if your goals and dreams might go “live”.

Notice to Living Arts College students
and prospective students:

Living Arts College @ School of Communication Arts has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), due to material noncompliance with placement standards: 47% (Living Arts College) as reported on the 2016 Campus Accountability Report.

Living Arts College is no longer accepting enrollments in the Bachelors Degree in Filmmaking. This does not impact any other currently enrolled students.

By submitting this form, I give consent to contact me by telephone and email to receive information about offerings. I understand that this consent is not required in order to enroll.

Make Application:

Applications at Living Arts are always EASY, but plan to share your passion and potential with us by phoning 919.488.8504

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Don't wait. Get your questions answered today.


Take the My Creativity Survey
Find out about yourself and your potential

Has the time come to ask yourself, “Do I have the talent to turn my passion for creativity into profession?” Now, you might begin to examine your potential by taking the My Creativity Survey created right here at Living Arts. Twenty-three years ago the founders of Living Arts asked others how they felt about their potential to work in what then was called Multimedia. The result was the founding of the school that became the early pioneer in studio arts training. When you take the My Creativity Survey, an experienced studio arts advisor is available to you.

Begin the My Creativity Survey here!

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Connect with an Informational Q & A
Get help from an expert

Sometimes creative minds become confused. With so many ideas, and so many exciting choices; where do I turn? What is the stepping stone to putting my talents to work? At Living Arts our senior advisors each have at least two decades of experience in guiding graduates into the studio arts. Your next step may be to request a Q&A session via phone or Skype.
Make the appointment by eMailing info@living-arts-college.edu your name, location, exact eMail address and your area code and phone number. Tell us the day/date you are to be called and the time based on New York time. Or, if you need answers now, phone in the USA: +1 919.488.8504

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Plan the studio visit
Come to the Studio Arts Campus and see for yourself!

You might call it an adventure. Visiting Living Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina is discovering the Monolithic Dome Campus. This is a time to also learn that the education experience here is about learning at the studio level with studio level gear and studio level techniques. Plan to see and touch the studio tools that include the director’s favorite Arri ALEXA, the Solid State Logic Dualit, Blackmagic Fusion and DaVinci color grading plus the master’s level faculty, and the list continues. Best of all, find that Living Arts is a community connected to today’s new media excitement.

Make the visit appointment by eMailing info@living-arts-college.edu to include your name, city location, exact eMail address and your area code and phone number. Tell us the day/date you are to be called and the time based on New York time. Or, if you want to confirm details or learn more, Phone in the USA: +1 919.488.8504

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Get our feedback
What are the possibilities?

Living Arts does not offer open enrollment. Instead, we want to guide you to finding the best avenues for developing your creative potential. Creating films, games, designs, sounds is much more than mastering studio technology. You’ll want to demonstrate that you have the passion to explore and create excitement using the incredible tech tools found here. We are anxious to see your potential to create CONTENT—the ideas, scripts, designs, spaces and the sounds for connecting with audiences.

We can help you. Feedback on your work, attitude and/or experience is FREE. When you feel comfortable with your career plan, we’ll try to find agreement that you might benefit from being accepted. If you demonstrate potential, we’ll hope to invite you to make application to Living Arts College.

Feedback begins with a direct Phone call to an advisor: +1 919.488.8504

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VFX STUDIO

Career Upgrade defined: Visual Effects (VFX) is digital science and creativity coming together to create impossible imagery layered into real world filming … making the impossible, possible!

VFX professionals come alive at Living Arts as the talent behind these learned skills:

  • Animation
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Greenscreen filming
  • Compositing
  • Matte painting
  • 3D modeling
  • Match moving
  • VFX directing
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Animation & Special Effects Production, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Animation & Special Effects Production. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    GAME WORKS

    Career Upgrade defined: Animation & Game Design come together to create the production pathway to making Interactive Games. Student game designers are challenged to craft game assets combining animation know-how and game engine technology plus story content.

  • Animation
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Character development
  • Modeling
  • Game concepting
  • Compositing
  • Game engine foundations
  • Game prototyping
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Game Design & Animation Production, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Game Design & Animation Production. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    MIX STUDIO

    Career Upgrade defined: Audio & Design come together in one program, unique to Living Arts. The student steps into studios at Living Arts that contain the Solid State Logic DUALITY counsel found at top studios serving the top talent. The adventure begins! Work to gain two Pro Tools certification. Find a faculty with pro audio experience who share their passion for lifting studio skills to a higher place.

    Audio design media professionals come alive at Living Arts as the talent behind these learned skills:

  • Advertising art director skillset
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Concepting design for media
  • Motion graphics
  • Digital illustration
  • Print/media production
  • Art of studio as a business
  • Photography foundations
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Audio Design, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Audio Design. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    PIX STUDIO

    Career Upgrade defined: Photography is the new art of digital camera technique in the studio and on location. At Living Arts photography is advanced to the digital art of image making in three arenas—1) in the camera, 2) in the digital lab and 3) foundation study in motion (DSLR video). The result is expanded options for the career photographer.

    The Living Arts professional photographer is challenged to complete a portfolio demonstrating Extreme Creativity employing advanced digital tech incorporating:

  • The photographer as Art Director
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Advanced imaging in the camera
  • Lighting—available and as rigged
  • Illustration image making—studio props or digital design
  • Director level model, portrait & advertising photography
  • Developing an eye for camera design through critique
  • The business side foundations in promotion, financials & sensible studio gear
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Digital Photography PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Digital Photography. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    DESIGN STUDIO

    Career Upgrade defined: Interactive Media Design is new media education—unique to Living Arts. The program here places art director studio level design as job one. Advanced digital workflow preparation becomes job two. Together the Living Arts student advances to compete with a highend set of personal skills. Need proof? In recent American Advertising Federation area competition, Living Arts took 11 of 12 possible student awards, including best of show. We’ve been performing at similar levels for the past four years!

    Graphic design/media professionals come alive at Living Arts as the talent behind these learned skills:

  • Advertising art director skillset
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Concepting design for media
  • Motion graphics
  • Digital illustration
  • Print/media production
  • Art of studio as a business
  • Photography foundations
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Interactive Media Arts, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Interactive Media Arts. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    INTERIOR DESIGN

    Career Upgrade defined: Bring eight essential skill sets together as today’s interior designer. Advance to the level of services supporting expanded roles in residential to commercial to development design.

    Living Arts brings together the design studio pathway to project design and development. Interior Designers are finding greater options to contribute to space project concepting and design by having gained foundation know-how or practical surveys in these areas:

  • Project contact design/development
  • Commercial interiors
  • BIM—building integrated modeling CAD
  • Residential interiors
  • Lighting design
  • Furniture, fixtures & accessory spec
  • Sustainable (green) design
  • Building codes
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Interior Design, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Interior Design. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    FILM WORKS

    Career Upgrade defined: Filmmaking today is demanding a new kind of filmmaker. Since leaving shooting-on-film, the process is a new digital workflow . It’s a much higher magnitude of digital science and more content options. VFX is at the root of much of this change. As a result, the digital filmmaker has found new cinema career pathways at Living Arts. The student here is challenged to go beyond the usual degree to a competency based program. The PID—Professional Intensive Diploma pioneered at Living Arts is studio practice learning to include:

  • Development lab—scripting in a VFX studio
  • CGI—computer generated imagery
  • Producer role in FX production
  • Compositing—plus match move filming
  • Production live action cinematography
  • Production—VFX services collaboration
  • Post production—with Davinci studio level color grading, sound design support
  • Distribution & Internet promotion
  • Requirements: Complete a My Review of Requirements for acceptance into Digital Filmmaking, the PID—Professional Intensive Diploma. Following satisfactory review, receive an invitation to make free application. Application will be for: Digital Filmmaking. See My Review of Requirements for details.

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    HEAD START OPTION

    Advancing your talent to the studio level begins with: “How might I get accepted into a Professional Intensive Diploma Program?”

    Answer: Review requirements here. See if there is a practical “fit” for your potential growth as a student here at Living Arts.

    My Requirements Review

    1. Contact an expert
    Contact an expert advisor here or phone in the USA: 919-488-8504 (based on New York time) Monday through Saturday.

    2. Discuss your potential, etc. though a Q&A
    Discuss your interests, passions perhaps in art, film, design, etc. Participation in a simple Question & Answer session. Your advisor may then suggest that you take our interactive My Creativity Survey. The completed survey will add greater focus our Q&A activity.

    3. As an option, go direct to our My Creativity survey … and then plan to make immediate follow up via phone or Skype.

    4. Work toward an invitation to make application
    With review and if indicated by positive discussion, we will hope to offer you an invitation to make free application to be further reviewed as a student for acceptance. In any case, all applications to PID programs are free. We, however, would like you to make personal contact to participate in a Q&A.

    5. Make an online application
    Move to completing an online application here. We confirm and request added details later. Understand that Living Arts support M1 and F1 Visa planning for qualified international students.

    6. Understand the tuition requirements
    Living Arts has limited financial aid for qualified US citizens. Program tuition for each Professional Intensive is a sensible $29,944 USD plus a cost of materials/book fee of $1,900 USD. Again, financial aid is available to qualified students.

    There are no scholarships available for a PID due to its much lower cost compared to usual BA programs here and at other schools.

    Since financial aid for US citizen can vary based on family contribution calculations, there may be a remaining tuition amount due. For international students with no Federal financial aid, the full amount is due in full or through two periodic advance payments. Similarly, remaining tuition amount are due in advance of session. The Financial Assistance Office is readily available to calculate available financial aid. International students are assisted with visa details, airport arrival welcome and meet-and-greet with other area international students. ESL referrals are also available.

    7. On campus housing at SmartSuites is an option
    Living Arts maintains a popular housing option—highly secure, private bedroom, two bedroom suites on campus. One rate includes furnished full size refrigerator, dishwasher, satellite TV, high speed wireless Internet. Current rate is $629 USD. Applications to SmartSuites need to be confirmed in advance.

    8. Have questions? Email: info@living-arts-college.edu/creative Request a phone call or Skype call stating the day and date you wish to be called. Include the time to be called based on New York time. Phone direct to: +1 919.488.8504

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    Fact:

    Living Arts is the top animation school having pioneered animation and game education for over 23 years.

    Result:

    More Living Arts graduates work on the blockbusters … including the original Star Wars series to the new Disney Star Wars. Find your best connection to films and games here!

    Animation School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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    Fact:

    Take professional photography to a level seldom seen at the classroom level. Go to work at the studio level at Living Arts studio campus.

    Result:

    Gain Art Director level know-how as a designer of images that take you to the level of photography as a Creativity Professional.

    Photography School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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    Fact:

    Media designers AT Living Arts create more opportunity for themselves. This is the program that moves beyond Photoshop to Art Director level design … and higher-end Internet development.

    Result:

    More real world opportunity comes alive at Living Arts!

    Interactive Media School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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    Fact:

    This program goes far beyond the usual with EIGHT essential knowledge sets … from Commercial Design to Building Integrated Management.

    Result:

    Work toward more professional options—from architecture level space design to showroom marketing to your own studio.

    Interior Design School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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    Fact:

    Make films here with studio level tools—Arri ALEXA, the gear that’s used in Academy Award productions. Leave the video cameras to other programs.

    Result:

    Become “production-ready” for today’s technical and creative challenges.

    Film School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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    Fact:

    Work at the studio level that’s found at the top studios. B2R—Born 2 Rock Studios at Living Arts will put you hands-on with Solid State Logic and the incredible DUALITY studio experience.

    Result:

    You’re ready to seek a higher calling as an Audio trained Creativity Professional.

    Audio Production School — Create, craft & profit at the studio level
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