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    In Loving Remembrance: Curran G. Engel

    September 23, 1963 – November 22, 2016

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    We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former instructor, colleague, and friend, Curran Engel. Curran was an integral part of Academy of Art University’s School of Motion Pictures & Television for nearly 20 years, first as an adjunct instructor and most recently as Head of the Producing Track.

    Throughout his time at the Academy, Curran helped shape countless students through his unique combination of thoughtful mentorship and keen insight into the world of independent film. A lover of cinema, particularly classic films, Curran’s passion made him a joy to speak with and learn from. More so, his kindness, clever humor, and gracious manner left an indelible mark on each person he met, as evidenced by the enormous outpouring of love and condolences from family, friends, and former students.

    Curran was a beloved member of the Academy Community and will be sorely missed by all of us at the School of Motion Pictures & Television.  We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Curran’s wife and two sons.


    Landscape Architecture Grad Presents at ASLA Annual Meeting

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    Photo courtesy of ASLA staff.

    School of Landscape Architecture graduate Eric Arneson presented his award-winning project, Bendway Park, at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Along with other award recipients, Arneson received his award at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 24.

    Click here to read more about Arneson's project and recent ASLA recognition.


    The Academy Earns Accreditation as SideFX Certified Houdini School

    From feature films, to music videos, video games and live concerts, special effects artists use software called Houdini to make cinematic magic. This summer, Academy of Art University earned the distinction of becoming an official SideFX Certified Houdini School, joining an elite group of 15 international colleges and universities, which meet the software company’s high standards for certification.

    “Becoming a Certified Houdini School is quite significant for the Academy because it lets students know that the Houdini courses meet the standards set by SideFX and teach the skills and techniques that are important in landing a job as a Houdini artist,” said School of Animation and Visual Effects instructor Jonathan Gilbert, who teaches two online Houdini courses (ANM242 and ANM344). “Also, the publicity SideFX provides on their website helps connect people from around the world who are interested in learning Houdini at the Academy.”

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    Touch & Learn: Academy Re-Imagines the Library

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    An assemblage of opportunities provides new “ConneXions.’’ Photo by Graham Friedman for Material ConneXion.

    “Look, but don’t touch!” This attitude may fit galleries or showrooms, but for professional creatives, tactile information is a critical part of the design process. To learn about the potential of any material, you must interact with it. Academy of Art University has long recognized this important element in quality education and once again renews its commitment for innovation by hosting the Material ConneXion Library as part of its onsite resources.

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    Interactive Magazine Class Immerses Students in the World of Digital Pubs

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    Traditional magazines continue to fold as more people rely on their electronic devices for the stories and images they could once find only in the pages of print publications. To help Academy of Art University students—particularly those pursuing a career in illustration—gain hands-on experience in the growing digital publishing market, instructors David Ball and Haydn Adams merged their separate editorial illustration and interactive magazine classes a couple years ago. Today, with additional support from the School of Advertising’s copywriters, the collaborative class (WNM 498.01/ILL 455) produces Peephole, a biannual digital magazine, each spring and fall.

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    SF Board of Supervisors Re-Appoint Rebecca Delgado Rottman to SF Graffiti Advisory Board

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    Academy of Art University Vice President of Community & Government Relations Rebecca Delgado Rottman was re-appointed by the SF Board of Supervisors to the Graffiti Advisory Board, a seat that she has held since 2007. Among her many contributions to the board so far have been to chair the Education Sub-Committee in 2008-2009. As the chair, she led the committee in the development of an anti-graffiti curriculum for the SF Unified School District to educate children about the costs and consequences of graffiti vandalism. The Education Sub-Committee researched best practices in curriculum development and partnered with the SF Arts Commission who reviewed, approved and executed the recommended curriculum entitled, “Where Art Lives.” This program, instituted in 2008, is still ongoing in the SF Unified School District. “Although it is difficult to measure outcome, one thing we know today is that youth arrests involved in graffiti vandalism has gone down,” Delgado Rottman said. 

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