Welcome to Industry Open House 2019

Jonathan Burke


Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) has been empowering generations of successful creatives since 1961. We’re proud to be the place where students with talent and dreams come to develop their creative and critical abilities.


Aspiring artists and designers choose LCAD because we offer an educational environment that nurtures creativity, delivers high-level skills and equips each and every one of our students with the tools and critical thinking necessary to exceed the demands of the global creative industries. The curriculum of each of LCAD’s undergraduate majors has been refined to serve the most rigorous demands of both academia and industry.


Supported by a faculty of leading practitioners in their fields, each of these curricula is proven to ensure that our students are well equipped for futures as successful creatives.


I am proud to present these highly skilled and promising artists and designers to you. They bring an abundance of talent and will prove tremendous assets to your professional realm. I thank you for your confidence in choosing LCAD as a leading college of art and design, and for taking time to meet this year’s group of exceptional artists and designers who are poised to become your talented and dedicated peers.

Robin Fuld

Director of Career Services

Industry Open House (IOH) is a time-honored tradition at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD). This annual event hosted by LCAD Career Services provides a rare and exclusive opportunity for select industry professionals to visit LCAD for access to the next generation of top professional artists and designers.


LCAD’s BFA programs in Animation, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Game Art, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design represent an important cross section of our degree programs that are designed to ensure that ideas of all scopes and sizes are upheld by expert abilities. Our innovative Foundation Program trains first-year students in the fundamentals of drawing and composition, laying a solid foundation for the acquisition of contemporary skill sets. All LCAD students receive a sound liberal arts education that bolsters their preparations for careers in the professional world.


I’m looking forward to seeing you at IOH and to introducing you to your company’s next great batch of recruits.


Dean of Innovation
Chair, Graphic Design + Digital Media (BFA)

Founder, Extended Reality Design (XRD) (BFA)

A hallmark of both LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media and its graduates is a command of the critical thinking and creative skills required to excel in an ever-changing design landscape.

Our program’s multidisciplinary approach recognizes that designers must develop solutions that move seamlessly across a dynamic and ever-shifting array of media.


Students of LCAD’s GD+DM majors are visual problem solvers and transmedia communicators. Our GD+DM graduates are adept at traditional theory and lead in the most innovative uses of emerging technologies. An LCAD GD+DM portfolio will contain creative solutions for corporate


ID; website, poster, and package design; UI/UX; 3D animation; virtual and augmented reality; digital video and after effects; action sports apparel; marketing; and social media.


As a result, LCAD’s GD+DM program has been chosen as a top design program in the nation and has garnered collaborations with world-renowned industry leaders. These exclusive arrangements allow LCAD GD+DM students hands-on design and mentorship opportunities.


We invite you to come meet our students, to see their innovations, and to learn more about our GD+DM program.


In Fall 2019, LCAD is proud to launch its new BFA program in Extended Reality Design (XRD), one of the world’s first four-year degree programs in augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR).

Dan Boulos

Chair, Animation (BFA)

LCAD Animation students not only are great storytellers, animators, and designers, they also are top tier animation artists with creativity and vision. LCAD Animation students pass through a rigorous four-year program with a grounding in classical drawing and animation techniques. By offering a diverse range of coursework that includes storyboarding, character design, layout, modeling, 2D animation, CG animation, background painting, visual development, and more, we produce outstanding animators who excel in multiple pipeline specializations. Our students all reach a high level of accomplishment in traditional 2-D animation which translates directly into their work in CG animation and other digital techniques and culminates in the production of their own original animated film made during their senior year. If you are looking for a highly creative, team-oriented artist with a comprehensive knowledge of animation production, look no further than an LCAD Animation graduate.


I am proud to present you with LCAD’s 2019 Animation graduates. They are ready to join your production teams and will hit the ground running. Please enjoy their outstanding work in the presentations they have prepared.


Chair, Game Art (BFA)

Ranked 20th in the nation by the Princeton Review, LCAD’s BFA program in Game Art trains highly adaptive and collaborative game artists who are industry-ready for team development.


As the states of the Game Industry and its manifold technologies advance, so do the skills of LCAD Game Art students. Trained to work adeptly on a variety of projects and at all stages of production, our 3D and Concept students are distinguished by their strong foundations in classical drawing techniques complemented by the highest levels of proficiency in the latest 3D software.


LCAD’s reputation as an elite institution with a strong focus on educating team-ready game artists who are uniquely geared for production pipelines has garnered partnerships with some of the Game Industry’s top studios and top professionals.


I invite you to witness firsthand the amazing work of LCAD’s most promising Game Art seniors and recent graduates who are eager to take their places on your teams, and, while you’re here, to experience the remarkable environment in which these extraordinary talents were honed.


Chair, Fine Arts (BFA)

LCAD’s BFA program in Drawing + Painting is distinguished by a philosophy that is grounded in classical traditions. Our Fine Arts curriculum was crafted carefully to provide the most effective learning experiences that result in the acquisition of skills needed to accurately portray still life, figures, portraits, landscapes, and group figures.


LCAD is one of only a few dually accredited institutions committed to developing highly skilled representational figurative artists who graduate prepared to enter the competitive art market.


LCAD’s Drawing + Painting alumni are accepted to the most competitive graduate programs, excel in the gallery market, earn private and public commissions, are arts educators, and work in museum and curatorial roles.


Fine Arts BFA Fine Arts Seniors Exhibition

LCAD Gallery

May 2–31, 2019



Chair, Illustration (BFA)

LCAD’s BFA programs in Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design equip students in the technical and conceptual abilities to compete and to excel in today’s competitive creative landscape. All LCAD Illustration students learn to cultivate their personal voices while learning skills germane to ever-changing visual markets. In addition to traditional subjects, such as visual storytelling, editorial, and illustrative painting, our students also learn new tools for entering the entertainment industry ranging from graphic novel, storyboarding for televisions and film production, character and environment design, production design, theme park design, and more.The professional illustrators who instruct LCAD’s BFA program in Illustration are leaders in their fields and include recipients of such prestigious industry accolades as Emmy® and Annie® awards. Our faculty pride themselves on mentoring their students and prepare them to enter the world of illustration through an ever-growing range of opportunities.


Chair, Drawing (MFA) and Painting (MFA)

LCAD’s MFA programs in Drawing and Painting are designed to provide a supportive environment for artists who wish to address relevant subjects while fostering time-honored skills. These programs merge traditional techniques with effective personal expression in the contemporary world. Our program’s focus and agility enable us to meet the needs and desires of a diverse group of serious students.
I hope you’ll join us in attending the following LCAD MFA Thesis Exhibitions this summer:Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CAJune 1 – 29, 2019www.qartsalon.comLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
May 31–June 9, 2019www.lagunaartmuseum.org 

Todd Smith

Chair, Illustration in Entertainment Design (BFA)

LCAD’s BFA programs in Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design provide students with a comprehensive skill set that combines concept design, visual development, and illustration, enabling them to create from their imaginations and to design worlds and characters for a variety of career opportunities within the entertainment industry.


Students begin with a strong emphasis and foundation in traditional academic drawing and painting. These skills are then blended with the latest developments in digital drawing, painting and 3D sculpting techniques. Students put their skills into practice using real world design projects. The diversity of this major allows students the flexibility to work in film and television, feature animation, as well as themed entertainment design which includes theme park design, theatre and stage design, themed hotel and restaurant design and much more.


We invite you to view the portfolios of our latest group of talented graduating seniors and to experience firsthand all that LCAD’s BFA programs in Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design have to offer.


Chair, Art of Game Design (MFA)

Ranked 13th in the nation by the Princeton Review, LCAD’s MFA program in Art of Game Design cross-pollinates practicum with theory to create an accelerated learning path for making game career dreams a reality. Backed by a robust production pipeline in partnership with LCAD’s BFA program in Game Art and neighboring colleges, our graduates are creating games that are sustainable, economically impactful, and fun to play.