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Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art and Design’s BFA program in Illustration is proud to present Dave Hobrecht, an exhibition showcasing original works by world-renowned sports artist, Dave Hobrecht.

Hobrecht is known for creating classic black and white sports illustrations that invite viewers to relive the exhilaration of dramatic moments in sports history. The exhibition will feature original works executed in Hobrecht’s innovative charcoal and pastel method that showcases Hobrecht’s unique angles, clever compositions, and timeless hyperrealism.

Hobrecht’s commissions include: Oscar De La Hoya; John Elway; Ferrari; Tony Hawk; LSU (Shaquille O’Neal and more); Willie Mays; Floyd Mayweather; Cal Ripken Jr.; Steiner Sports (Derek Jeter and more); Topps baseball cards; UCLA (Bill Walton); USC; and more.

Laguna College of Art + Design

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) Open House: Summer 2018 will offer prospective students an opportunity to tour our campuses and learn about LCAD's academic programs, as well as view student work on display from LCAD's summer Pre-College program. 



TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018 

11:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. 


During the event, prospective students will have opportunities to present their portfolios to experienced representatives who will review artwork and offer critiques, guidance and direction. 


This event is open to all prospective students, parents, teachers, counselors and guests. 


Please below by Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is  proud to present LCAD Student Exhibition and Sale, a group exhibition showcasing a wide range of mediums, expressions, and techniques that are representative of works by students and alumni of LCAD’s BFA programs in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Illustration, Illustration in Entertainment Design, Game Art, and Graphic Design + Digital Media; of its MFA programs in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting; and of its Post-Baccalaureate certificate program in Drawing + Painting. The exhibition also includes prints and sculptures. All works are available for purchase, and all proceeds from sales (minus credit card transaction fees) go to the artists.

Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), one of the nation’s top colleges of art and design, announced the addition of open studio spaces for students of its BFA programs in Drawing & Painting and Graphic Design + Digital Media, as well as a studio with a green screen for compositing images, a video editing bay, and a dedicated studio for extended reality design (XR-D) at 805 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA. The space is near LCAD’s student housing and will be served by the campus shuttle.


“To meet the demand of emerging technologies, the College is expanding its course offerings, and we’re very proud to open this dedicated, state-of-the-art workspace to students of both majors.” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “Our new XR-D Studio provides our Graphic Design + Digital Media students a rare resource for AR/VR education and experimentation. These students will not only create in AR/VR outside of their regularly scheduled classes, but they also will help to innovate within this burgeoning field.”


From July 5 through August 15, 2018, during the peak of Laguna Beach’s 2018 summer festival season, the new space also will be home to LCAD Gallery 805. Here, LCAD students will operate, exhibit and sell original works of art daily, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition will be The Next Wave: New Masters of Fine Artan exhibition that will feature works by students, candidates, and recent graduates of LCAD’s MFA programs in Drawing and Painting.


The art exhibited will be curated by LCAD’s Gallery/Collections Manager Bryan Heggie, who opened this opportunity to all LCAD undergraduate and graduate students across all majors including Animation, Art of Game Design, Drawing, Drawing & Painting, Illustration, Illustration in Entertainment Design, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Painting. Prints and sculptures also will be on display. All works exhibited will be available for purchase. All proceeds from sales (minus credit card transaction fees) will go to students.


Admission to LCAD Gallery 805 is free, and the public is welcome to visit and to shop during the summer art festival season. Visitors may use the Laguna Beach Trolley North Laguna/Canyon route.

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Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) Graphic Design + Digital Media Students Create New Brand Identity for Sherman Library and Gardens


Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media designed a new brand experience for Sherman Library and Gardens.


Sherman Library Director Paul Wormser and Garden Director Scott LeFluer worked with Dana Herkelrath, LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Professor on the six-week long project. They provided access to research, historical and current data as well as gave feedback during mid-progress and final presentations. Students developed final brand identity solutions that included symbol and type solutions, color stories for brand expression, unique interfaces for web and mobile access, environmental graphic design for exterior signage as well as wayfinding in the garden. Students also considered advertising, marketing and merchandise for the Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop.

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Emily Atwood, Ridan Arellano and Torye Cooke were recognized as creating outstanding work that was relevant to the new brand experience.


“What impressed me most was the consideration and creativity the students brought to the project,” said Wormser. “They took the time to explore the gardens and library, to ask questions, and to incorporate their experiences in their final products. We are very pleased by the final product.”


According to Wormser, Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop is rolling out the new logo and rebranding in presentations to various stakeholders, including announcements in the printed and electronic newsletters.


“Students invested in design discovery, on-site interviews, tours and comprehensive research to determine how to best approach the guest and brand experience at this local cultural icon,” said Herkelrath. “We very much appreciate Sherman Library and Gardens for the opportunity to allow LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media students to engage in designing and developing a multi-faceted solution for a local historical cultural center.”


This was the first collaboration between LCAD and Sherman Library and Gardens, but not the first time LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media has partnered with leading brands to give students a real-life, immersive educational experience. Industry partners such as Anaheim Ducks, WATG, Museum of Modern Art, Taco Bell, Vans, Hurley, Nike, Stance and others have tapped the creative talents of LCAD students whose skill sets includes print, advertising, web, 3D motion, video, iPad development, packaging, UI/UX and virtual reality (VR).


Thanks to immersive, real-world experiences with a variety of cultural and business partners, more than 98% of LCAD’s recent Graphic Design and Digital Media graduates work in their chosen field, with most finding employment through LCAD prior to graduation.

Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) continued its annual tradition of connecting industry professionals with graduating seniors. This year’s Industry Open House was held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at LCAD’s Big Bend Campus in Laguna Beach, CA.


Graduating seniors with BFA degrees in AnimationGraphic Design + Digital MediaGame Art and Illustration were carefully selected by jury to present their portfolios and meet with company representatives. Students shared projects such as mobile games and apps, character design, game design, virtual and augmented reality, brand design in action sports, illustration and drawing and more.


More than forty companies participated in this year’s Industry Open House including Disney AnimationDreamWorks AnimationBlizzard EntertainmentSonyTaco BellToo Faced Cosmetics, and Vans. Company reps met with students for a firsthand look at their portfolios, conducted casual interviews and provided valuable career advice.


Kyle Johnston, President and Founding Partner of Gigasavvy, attends LCAD Industry Open House because he finds that LCAD students are adequately prepared to jump in to real world scenarios with creative vision and skill.


“The talent we meet at LCAD can apply classical design training across both print and digital work,” he said. “They have also proven to thrive in high-pressure environments where their work undergoes intense critique under deadlines.”


Two years ago, LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media alumna Dohee Yang, secured her first job through Industry Open House. “It was crucial for me getting employed at NextVR, where I worked for two and a half years as a full time virtual reality graphic designer,” she said. Now, she works as a freelance contractor for NextVR after relocating to Colorado.


“Industry Open House is an event that fosters interaction between companies seeking new talent and LCAD students poised for professional success,” said Robin Fuld, Director of Career Services at LCAD. “Many of our students make valuable connections through this event that leads them to careers in their field of study.”


Facebook photo album HERE



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Pictured above (L to R): LCAD’s 2018 Commencement Speaker, Vice President of Events & Promotions at Vans, Steve Van Doren; and LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker, Chloe Allred (MFA in Painting, 2018)


As of Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m., one hundred eleven students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) class of 2018. President Jonathan Burke with Jared Mathis, chair of the board of trustees, conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, and Illustration. LCAD Provost Hélène Garrison, Ph.D. conferred graduate degrees in Game Design. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred graduate degrees in painting.


Steve Van Doren, vice president of events & promotions of Vans, delivered the College’s commencement address with a surprise. After he praised LCAD for being the only art and design college offering an action sports program, he asked students to look under their chairs for a card. He challenged them to design their own unique Vans shoe and the winner would receive a pair of shoes and have dinner with him and his team.


“LCAD’s action sports major and the longstanding partnership with Vans is truly essential to our brand,” he said. “It gives a special opportunity for a young designer to begin their career.”

After the commencement ceremony, Van Doren was presented with an original painting of Vans checkerboard shoes by new alumnus Christina Matadama, BFA Fine Art Painting & Drawing.

Vans’ generosity has totaled over $45,000 in its history of giving to LCAD. The Vans Honors Lab includes studio critiques at Vans headquarters and opportunities for student-designed footwear to be sold around the world. The company also partners with LCAD’s Graphic Design + Digital Media program to host an annual Vans Custom Culture design competition with immersive workshops on campus for competition finalists and offers scholarships to the winners, contingent upon their acceptance to LCAD.


Chloe Allred, MFA Fine Art Painting summa cum laude, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. She is a contributing artist and writer for the book, We Believe You (published by Henry Holt in 2016.) Her paintings and writing have been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today, and the BBC. She is a founding and active member of The Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about the body. Chloe is currently a teaching artist at The Artist Lab.


Allred encouraged her fellow students, “Show up for yourself. Give yourself a chance and have some faith in the crazy ideas that you’re going to have.”


Facebook photo albums HEREHERE, and HERE.

Laguna College of Art + Design

The 2018 LCAD Silent Auction is one of the College’s two premier annual fundraising events that directly support LCAD’s students and its programs and helps to fund the $2.5 million in student scholarships the College awards annually.


LCAD’s 2018 Silent Auction fundraiser featured a selection of work by professional artists and from the estate of the late LCAD Trustee & Laguna Beach Volunteer Leader Terry Smith


Laguna College of Art + Design’s spring fundraiser, the 2018 LCAD Silent Auction raised more than $60,000 from the sales of works by LCAD alumni, LCAD faculty, and other recognized professional artists. The silent auction also included non-art related packages and opportunity drawing prizes such as the Tesla Experience, giving the winner a two-day test drive of the Tesla Model X.


Art collectors as well as friends of LCAD enjoyed cocktails, seasonally inspired fare and live entertainment by the Amy Rowe Trio at [seven-degrees]. Hope Railey, Chair of Fine Arts, painted a portrait of LCAD Fine Art senior Sureya Davis during the event. Nancy Milby, longtime friend and former LCAD Trustee, donated wine courtesy of LCA Wine.


“For 57 years, LCAD has been offering creative innovative programs in art and design that change students in the way they think, the way they make art, and the way they see the world,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “When those students graduate and become working professionals, it is their art that inspires us and changes us and how we see the world.”


Bidders selected from art by Victor Hugo Zayas (courtesy of salt fine art), Scott Yeskel, Bradford Salamon, and Jason Kowalski (courtesy of Sue Greenwood Fine Art) as well as Tom Lamb, Jeff Sewell, and LCAD Alumna Elizabeth McGhee. A selection of art donated by the estate of LCAD and Laguna Beach volunteer leader Terry Smith also was available for silent auction. Smith became an LCAD Trustee in 2002 and served with distinction as Development Committee Chair and Collector’s Choice Committee Chair.


“Terry and his partner, Wayne Peterson, were devoted supporters of our students and took great pride in filling their home with original art purchased at past Collector’s Choice galas,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “I was fortunate enough to work closely with Terry on a number of projects over the years and each time I was struck by the quality of his intellect, by his selfless dedication, and by his passion for helping students.”


Facebook photo album HERE.

Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art + Design’ s (LCAD) Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2018 features original works of art from some of LCAD’s many talented undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students.This annual exhibition comprises a wide range of mediums, expressions and techniques that are representative of LCAD’s BFA programs in Animation, Drawing & Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media and Illustration, and the College’s Post-Baccalaureate Drawing & Painting certificate program.

Award Ceremony: Friday, August 31st, 5–8PM

LCAD Gallery hours:

11AM–4PM Wednesday through Sunday

CLOSED Monday and Tuesday

Coordinated by Kerri Redeker

Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA Program in Art of Game Design presents

Game Lecture Evening with special guest speakers, Alexander Zook, Nele Van de Mosselaer, and Professor Gordon Calleja (pictured from left to right above)


Friday, June 29th5:30-8:30 p.m.

Laguna College of Art + Design

Big Bend Campus, Studios 13+14 (BB13+BB14)

2825 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Free Admission

Public Invited

Event Description

Attendees will engage with experts in the fields of game development, game design, and game culture. Each speaker will be given 25 minutes plus time for a Q&A.


Speaker 1: Alexander Zook 

How to Uncover the Meta & Balance Games: A Hearthstone Story

What strategies have players uncovered in your game? How can you understand those and respond to them? We’ll cover how Blizzard analyzes the “meta” in Hearthstone and how this informs design and influences features in the game.


Speaker 2: Nele Van de Mosselaer 

Player Motivation in Video Games: Fictional Desires in Fictional Worlds

The actions that players undertake in video games can be caused by many different desires: the player might want to save a character, solve a moral dilemma in the most satisfying way, achieve the highest score, or just beat the game. Within the philosophy of fiction, some philosophers have debated that there might be two different kinds of desires at work here: real desires towards real events, and imaginative desires towards fictional things. In this talk, we will look at how a distinction between real and imaginative desires can prove relevant in analyzing the video game experience, players’ immersion within the fictional game world, and the formation of specific desires players might never feel in real life.


Speaker 3: Professor Gordon Calleja 

Board Game Design Inspired Game Research Theory

There is a long-standing discussion about the utility of theoretical research in game design in general. As a humanistic researcher trained in critical theory Professor Gordon Calleja long has advocated for the importance of game research theory to inform design practices in the video game context. When it comes to board game design however, the practical application of a theoretical toolkit increases dramatically. In this talk Professor Calleja will outline several areas of board game design that have been greatly enhanced, if not completely informed by, his understanding of game theory both in its relation to formal properties of games and the experiential of players interactions with the game and each other. Professor Calleja will give practical examples from the three boardgames he has designed and published internationally: Posthuman, Vengeance, and Posthuman: Saga.


Speaker Bios

Alexander Zook is Senior Data Scientist at Blizzard Entertainment with a PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing. He researches technologies to improve game design and development and formally model game design through artificial intelligence and machine learning. At Blizzard Entertainment he has been using machine learning and simulations to understand and design for player behavior in games including Hearthstone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm.


Nele Van de Mosselaer is a second-year PhD student at the Center for European Philosophy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. As a philosopher and video gamer, she wants to expand the research field of the philosophy of fiction, which traditionally focuses on literature, theatre, and film, and propose a new approach to imaginative participation in fiction in light of the video game experience. In her on-going thesis, titled ‘The Paradox of Interactive Fiction,” she investigates what the video game experience can tell us about the relation between fiction, imagination, emotion, and action.


Prof. Gordon Calleja is Associate Professor of Game Studies and the founding Director of the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. His lecturing and research spans game narrative, game ontology, board game design and player experience with a particular focus on player involvement, immersion and presence. He is author of In-Game:From Immersion to Incorporation by MIT Press. Gordon is also game designer at Mighty Box, an indie video game studio and director and game designer at Mighty Boards, a board game studio. Gordon has published Will Love Tear Us Apart, a game adaptation of Joy Division’s track that was nominated for several international awards. He has also designed and published three board games: Posthuman, Vengeance, and Posthuman: Saga.