On Friday, June 1st, 2012, VanArts hosted the graduation ceremony for our latest group of students who have completed our 9-month Acting for Film & Television program.
Department Head Chilton Crane and her dedicated instructional staff of professional actors all had great things to say about our grads and the hard work they did through the program. We were very glad to have so many friends, family & past grads in attendance to celebrate their achievements.
Congratulations to you all, and we look forward to watching you!
Mark Pullyblank, one of our most successful animation graduates and member of our Advisory Board, is directing a new animated short film, and is pledging for support on Kickstarter to fund the project into reality.
(Much of the concept art for the film was done by Lih Liau, another VanArts graduate and one of Mark's classmates working in the animation industry.)
Check out this fantastic video highlighting Mark's career and the inspiration behind his new film, and to help fund his project, click here >>
The Broadcasting Department of Columbia Academy at VanArts is proud to celebrate the achievements of our graduates who have recently begun their new careers in professional radio after their studies.
Rhyean Hylands shares with us, "Right before graduating from Columbia Academy at VanArts, I was lucky enough to get a job with the mighty Corus Entertainment. My job right now includes doing promotional events for CFOX, Classic Rock 101 and CKNW, doing on-air traffic reports for AM730 and running board operations for DJ’s who are live on location. Being behind the board and in front of a mic would have been a lot more overwhelming had I not been doing it every day for the last 10 months with Columbia Academy at VanArts, and I’m so grateful for the training I received while I was there. The daily feedback our instructors provide is a part of making sure you become the best broadcaster you can be, the daily lectures give you an understanding about how a radio station works behind the scenes, and the on-air time is the most fun you’ll ever have! Thank you to Columbia Academy at VanArts – best life decision I’ve made yet!"
Ryan Henderson also shares with us, "Thanks to the great Broadcasting program at Columbia Academy at VanArts, I was able to get an internship with TEAM 1040/ 1410 and am now working for them. All of the equipment and editing work I'm doing now is very much how I was trained while in school."
Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Broadcasting grads, and we look forward to seeing how your careers continue to rock the airwaves.
VanArts Digital Photography graduates Reem Abdel-Jabbar and Martina Kopp were recently approached by M.A.C. Cosmetics to shoot body painting work for an international competition. The concept by senior make-up artists Caitlin Callahan & Lyle Reimer was chosen as the only North American representation for the competition.
Reem & Martina's photography of their work (which was amazing and took about 10 hours of make-up!) helped them win the M.A.C internal competition and they will now go on to represent M.A.C Pro at the World Body Painting Competition in Austria. Their concept was inspired by artist Wangechi Mutu, whose work centers around the African female body and issues African women face in society.
More information and photos can be seen at Reem & Martina's website >>
Thanks to the gracious invitation of our Broadcasting Department, VanArts was pleased to have a visit and guest speaker presentation today by Rebecca Bollwitt, better known as "Miss 604" and one of Canada's social media pioneers.
Rebecca has been blogging about life in BC since 2004 on Miss604.com, and working professional in online media for the last 11 years. She co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, and has co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business.
Rebecca spoke to our students & staff today about 'Social Media for Personal and Business Use'. Thanks to Rebecca for the great presentation, and to Co-Head of Broadcasting AJ Junop for arranging it!
VanArts is glad to hear from Digital Photography graduate Landon Sveinson, who has landed an amazing gig with Vancouver Island Tourism. On a three-year contract, Landon will be promoting certain areas and target markets on Vancouver Island through photographing people, places, festivals and events, plus the beautiful scenery!
Follow Landon's journey and view his work at www.landonsveinson.com