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Laguna College of Art + Design Students Put Designs in Play for Anaheim Ducks.


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Laguna College of Art + Design

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, Laguna College of Art and Design's (LCAD) Open House: Spring 2019 will offer prospective students an opportunity to meet with LCAD faculty and staff.


The day's events will include guided tours of the campus; presentations on our BFA programs in Animation, Design + Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Extended Reality Design (XRD), Game Art, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design; and presentations on admissions, portfolio development and financial aid.




11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.


Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the final workshops conclude at 3:00 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 complete this register to attend by Thursday, February 28, 2019.


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Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, November 16th at Montage Laguna Beach. The College also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD. It is the largest donation ever to the private, non-profit college that has been located in Laguna Canyon since 1961.


“The Moulton family has been a member of the LCAD family from our earliest days,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Their extraordinary generosity and volunteer leadership supports the success of LCAD students during their time at the College.”

Jared Mathis, chief executive officer of The Moulton Company and chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees was on hand to acknowledge the excitement of the crowd. “My family and I are incredibly inspired by LCAD’s young artists and designers who pursue their work with a commitment to excellence and absolute dedication,” he said. “We are honored to be part of LCAD’s legacy and to expand its support programs for the next generation of creative leaders.”


LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser was co-chaired by LCAD Board of Trustees members Carla Arzente of saltfineart and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Lou and Lara Rohl served as honorary co-chairs.


Auctioneer Jim Nye excited Orange County art collectors, LCAD donors, trustees, faculty, students and staff to bid for exceptional paintings, sculptures and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists and Laguna Beach galleries including saltfineart and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Peter Neptune, master sommelier and Laguna Beach resident donated a magnum of Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012, the top tier of Tuscan wines made from the Sangiovese grape to kick off the live auction. The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Adrienne Stein and Joseph Todorovitch. Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled, Titanium by Cristian Castro. Additionally, Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio.


LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumnus and faculty member, Miguel Gonzales (2016) expressed his gratitude for the financial aid support he received as a student at LCAD. According to the College, nine out of ten students receive financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships.


For more information, please contact Director of Development Tracy Hartman at 949-376-6000, ext. 241 or email

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Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that 16 students from its BFA program in Drawing + Painting will exhibit their art as part of LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program, an annual collaboration between the College and participating Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk (FTAW) galleries.


The 2018 LCAD Professional Mentoring Program exhibitions will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on December 6, 2018, during the December First Thursdays Art Walk.


LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program pairs LCAD BFA Drawing + Painting seniors with local galleries. For two months, gallery owners and managers mentor students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery. For many students, this will be the first time they exhibit their work in a professional gallery. Proceeds from art sales go to the student artists and LCAD student scholarships.


Now in the 16th year of their collaboration, First Thursdays Art Walk and Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) received the 2018 Outstanding Arts Collaboration Award for the Professional Mentoring Program. The award, from the Laguna Beach Art Alliance, recognized the program’s excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the Laguna Beach arts community.


After 14 years of teaching the Professional Studies course, Robin Fuld, director of LCAD’s Career Services is handing the reins to Charity Oetgen, an alumna of LCAD’s BFA program in Drawing + Painting (2014) and its MFA in Painting (2017), who, last year, co-taught the course with Fuld.


“As an alumna of LCAD, of the course, and of the Professional Mentor program, Charity brings a unique and refined perspective,” Fuld said. “She is a successful working artist and is perfect to mentor LCAD Drawing + Painting majors as they prepare for careers as professional artists.”


This year’s participating First Thursday Art Walk member galleries:

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery

Avran Art + Design

Cast of Crowns

Cove Gallery

Dawson Cole Fine Art

Elena Bulatova Gallery

Kelsey Michaels Fine Art


Pure Laguna Beach

Quorum Gallery


Whitney Gallery

Wyland Gallery


Artwork: Benjamin Askevold, Public Transportation




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Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) MFA program in Painting launched a unique class in which the following contemporary figurative artists teach and paint along with students: Aleah Chapin, Carl Dobsky, Natalia Fabia, and Andrew Hem. The course, “The Filtered Figure” is overseen by Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s MFA programs in Drawing and Painting.


The live human figure is the theme of the course. Every three weeks, a guest artist will direct the class and share their own “filter” on how they approach this timeless subject in a personal and relevant way, leading to a finished work of art. 


"Meaningful figurative art is too broad of a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Zokosky. “One of the best ways to discover your own path is to work beside a variety of accomplished mentors. Watching someone else tackle the same challenge is illuminating, but ultimately we figure out what works best for ourselves.”


Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA programs in Drawing and Painting are focused on promoting timeless skills, personal exploration, and relevance. Through “Filtered Figure,” the program will develop a new approach to highlighting divergent and exciting approaches to a perennial subject.


"The best part for me is to see how a variety of artists approach the same problem,” said Aixa Oliveras, an LCAD MFA in Painting candidate currently taking the course. "It was good to see how their individual approaches vary and how things are similar.”


LCAD MFA in Painting candidate, William Neukomm added, “"With a consistent model throughout the course, the variety of approaches and techniques employed by different instructors became more apparent."

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From more than 2,300 entries from 10 countries and regions around the world three students of Laguna College of Art + Design’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media, Aaron Gutierrez, Riley Ebel, and William Sato and their professor, Xun Chi, won a Silver award, a Bronze award, the Best Advisor award, and six Merit awards in “The Beauty of Chinese Characters” Global Youth Design Contest 2018.


Celebrity professor, Yu Dan hosted the event that included a special session featuring LCAD's participation: 



While in Beijing, Chi, Ebel, Gutierrez, and Sato took in the many sights of Beijing, including a visit to the Forbidden City, Jing Shan Park, 798 Art district, and Old Town Market Yandai Xiejie.


Chi said, “I am grateful to all of the students who participated in this project, and to LCAD’s supportive faculty members. I hope this will broaden our students’ horizons and enrich the international design experience for all students of LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media.”


Photo of the Exhibition by, Aaron Gitierrez


Complete Awards List:

Silver: Aaron Gutierrez

Bronze: Riley Ebel 

Special Merit Award: William Sato

Merit Awards: Tam Brandon, Bella Curtis, Blake Harrison, Stacey Shin, Allyn Tolosa

Best Advisor Award: Xun Chi

Selected for Exhibition: Kimya Ramezani, Anton Brokvist, Timothy Rhodes, Alex Martino, Kim Christina and Natalie Mayoral


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Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Game Design has been ranked among the five most affordable online master's in multimedia design by Grad School Hub. The ranking was published on the organization's website in July. Laguna College of Art and Design was ranked third overall, ahead of Harvard University and Rochester Institute of Technology.


This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. From a list of accredited colleges and universities offering advanced online degree programs related to digital, web, and multimedia design/management, the top five most affordable schools were ranked based on in-state graduate tuition/fees.


Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art. Since its founding, LCAD has grown significantly to include nine undergraduate majors, three graduate degree programs, seven minors, and a Post-Baccalaureate program. LCAD's campus also has grown to include seven sites throughout Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach that accommodate its student population of more than 600 full-time students. LCAD is now one of the leading colleges of art and design in the country.


"Our Game Design program will develop your creative skills and enhance your potential as a game designer, developer, and entrepreneur," says Jonathan Burke, LCAD President. "We are honored to have our online Game Design MFA included in this ranking by Grad School Hub."


LCAD's MFA program in Game Design is an online 2-year terminal MFA degree. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and organized by Sandy Appleöff Lyons, the 60-unit multimedia master's curriculum uses a low-residency format to minimize California trips during courses like “Game Mechanics Analysis,” “Comparative Engine Technology,” and “Game Narrative.”


Industry partners, including Microsoft and USC’s GamePipe Laboratory, provide cutting-edge tools for completing the thesis game.

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Recently, to get a better understanding of the Anaheim Ducks, LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media Students were invited by Ducks senior management to attend the Anaheim Ducks' Season Opener.


This is the third consecutive semester in which LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media honors students have collaborated with the Anaheim Ducks. During the fall 2017 semester, the creative focus was on a playoff advertising campaign. During the spring 2018 semester, the focus was on motion graphics. This semester, the collaborative focus is on creating Ducks merchandise.


Before the season-opening game, LCAD students were invited onto the ice, watched the warmups from the penalty box, and then watched the game from a private suite.


Between periods, and in the private suite, Ducks Director of Merchandising, Jill Bauer, gave the students a presentation about doing design work for the ducks and about Ducks Merchandise. Bauer, showed two special edition prints created for the ducks by LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media Alumnus and former Ducks Honors Class student, Samuel Mazzarella (2018) and said that all prints sold out in the store within ten minutes of release.


During the seasoning opening game, work from LCAD Ducks motion graphics student, Matthieu Chaminade, played on the screen to hype up the crowd. The Ducks have been using his work that was produced in class for last season and this season.