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Students in PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology program inspired by visit to NC Museum of Art in Raleigh

Published Thursday, June 7, 2018
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Students from Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Digital Effects & Animation Technology (DEAT) program visited the North Carolina Museum of Art to see "You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences”, an immersive art installation by 15 contemporary artists.

The “You Are Here” exhibit includes large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments, and site-specific projects, providing an interactive experience for visitors. The exhibit will be open through July 22.

"While this artwork is somewhat different from the animation that most students make, it does guide creative ideas in the ways students can play with light and reflections, form, and space,” shared Paula Hindman, Program Coordinator and Instructor of PCC’s Digital Effects & Animation Technology program.
PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology students (l to r) Katie Varner, Christina Cavanaugh, and Christopher Colleen stand inside the installation by Soo Sunny Park called "Photo-Kinetic Grid".
The PCC students were captivated and motivated by this exhibition that is said to engage the senses, activate the imagination, and provide connections between the viewer and the work of art.

"This art show provides inspiration and new ideas for ways I can make my own art," commented DEAT student Katie Varner after the visit.

Adam Kania, Digital Effects & Animation Technology instructor noted that the exhibit “taught students that art can transcend the visual medium."

Also while at this Raleigh based museum, the students were able to spend time viewing the permanent collection of art and walk the sculpture trail.

About PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology program
In PCC’s Digital Effects & Animation program, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in two years. This hands-on program provides students with the skills needed to create animation and graphics for electronic games, television, film, and online media. Enrolled in courses like Design and Animation, Editing, and DEAT Modeling, students will training on computer art and animation programs like Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite.

In addition to technical skills, students will be engaged in team building, project-based assignments, portfolio production, design and animation principals, and recognition of best practices and industry standards.

To learn more about PCC’s Digital Effects & Animation program, visit www.piedmontcc.edu/deat or contact Paula Hindman at Paula.Hindman@piedmontcc.edu

Photo: PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology students (l to r) Katie Varner, Christina Cavanaugh, and Christopher Colleen stand inside the installation by Soo Sunny Park called "Photo-Kinetic Grid".