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Virtual reality for all

By Tarana Mayes
A thick envelope carrying a letter of acceptance was once the most exciting thing a college bound student could anticipate receiving in the mail. But virtual reality is changing that, and much more. For 5,000 students accepted by Savannah College of Art and Design, a package containing VR goggles may just have upstaged their acceptance letter.

deFINE ART 2015 honoree Xu Bing returns to SCAD

By Tarana Mayes
Savannah College of Art and Design honoree, Chinese artist Xu Bing, first visited SCAD ten years ago, well before the existence of SCAD Museum of Art, where his exhibition, “Things Are Not What They First Appear,” is showing through July 3. Then as now, the MacArthur Fellow and U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts recipient invigorated this community of emerging artists with his lecture and work.

My Big Brother producer nets big honor at Annie Awards

By Tarana Mayes
Some of the best advice we’ve heard for future filmmakers is that if you want to direct, start directing. Jason Rayner (B.F.A., animation, 2014) and his animated short, My Big Brother, about a boy sharing a room with his twenty-foot tall sibling, are proof that you don’t have to wait until you graduate to begin your best work.

In honor of Fashion Week: career advice from Oscar de la Renta

By Tarana Mayes
The debut of Peter Copping’s first collection as creative director of Oscar de la Renta at New York Fashion Week reminds us of the designer’s timeless advice to students of the industry. During his 2001 visit to Savannah College of Art and Design to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. de la Renta emphasized the importance of fresh ideas.

Loglines from aTVfest 2015

By Tarana Mayes
The star-studded line up of Savannah College of Art and Design’s third annual television festival sent #aTVfest trending. But true to the tag line – Go Behind the Screen - the buzz was as much about the people who make television as it was about the people on it. In addition to the actors, directors, producers, editors, show runners and programmers shared invaluable insights on the state of the industry. Below are some of the recurring themes that emerged from the panels and screenings.

Livestream: aTVfest panel explores the future of television

By Tarana Mayes
On Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m. EST, watch the aTVfest Television Roundtable live from Atlanta. TV journalists will offer their insight on the state of the industry, including why television is in a golden age, the impact of airing online versus broadcast and cable, their favorite TV shows and more.   

SCAD in and on TV

By Tarana Mayes
Whether on the screen or behind it, above the line or below it, Savannah College of Art and Design alumni are making their mark on television. In honor of aTVfest (Feb. 5 – 7), we scoured our research to show you where. As producers, post supervisors, actors, DPs, art directors, visual effects artists, writers, and more, SCAD alumni are employed by the networks, or productions by the networks, on the map below. Just a snap shot, so that next time you’re watching Game of Thrones, for example, you can say, “Hey, a fellow SCAD grad did that.”

The world of Oscar de la Renta opens to admirers at SCAD Museum of Art

By Tarana Mayes
Savannah College of Art and Design opened André Leon Talley’s Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style (Feb. 5 – May 3) with a celebratory preview at SCAD Museum of Art. The fifty gowns, chosen by Talley for the first posthumous show to honor the designer, were the most illustrious VIPs in attendance. The dresses, loaned by Mr.

TV set as classroom and other reasons to get into television

By Megan Lombardo
The resurgence of TV is attracting a new generation of talent. Students are increasingly interested in jobs for the small screen, whether they are above or below the line. I tell them it’s a great time to get in, and that chances are good they’ll one day work for the same shows they binge watch. It seems that people used to get into the business because they were well connected, starry eyed, or gluttons for rejection. But the reasons why TV is a great career to shoot for are now better than ever. Here’s a few:

The architecture of trade and the 9th Savannah Symposium

By Robin Williams
What does Savannah have in common with Hong Kong, Cartagena, Venice and Mumbai?  As a port city, it has long been connected to global trade networks that have existed as long as the oldest human civilizations. Consider a lowly piece of Savannah pavement – a remarkable cobblestone etched with Chinese characters that began its life as a tombstone in China in 1798, became ballast in a ship in the 19th century, and ended up in Savannah as a cobblestone.