SVA in San Francisco: Exploring Animation, Film, Gaming, and Visual Effects

March 5 - 11
Course number: IPD-3218-A

Faculty: Angelia Wojak and Hsiang Chin Moe

The Bay Area is home to some of the most creative and influential companies in the entertainment and technology industries. Join us for a one-week trip to San Francisco where we will attend a series of discussions and studio tours featuring many of the industry’s leading storytellers, technology innovators, gaming artists and filmmakers. The class will also visit the legendary Alcatraz.

This one-week program offers students the opportunity to meet with representatives from companies such as Google Spotlight Stories, Industrial Light & Magic, Oculus Rift, Pixar. Leading animators, film and game design artists along with talent recruiters will meet with us to discuss their roles in the creative process and share their professional experiences. These conversations will give students insight into how entertainment companies are harnessing emerging technologies to explore new mediums and platforms for their stories. One of the highlights of the class will be the exploration of trending virtual reality technology and its potential to enhance the way we experience storytelling and interact with entertainment media. For example, the most recent class visited Industrial Light & Magic’s immersive entertainment division, ILMxLab, where artists creating a Star Wars virtual reality experience met with our students and discussed their creative process. Other past lectures have included senior animators and story artists from Pixar who have spoken about their careers and process in creating such films as Brave, Ratatouille, and Toy Story.

The class will also enjoy spending the week at the world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. The group will visit Alcatraz and Pier 39 with its famous sea lions. Additionally, the class will tour the Walt Disney Family Museum in historic Presidio park and enjoy visiting the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Tuition is $2,500. Tuition includes: Double-occupancy hotel accommodations, transportation to and from the airport in San Francisco for students who opt to fly on the designated group flight, all studio visits, a tour of Alcatraz, passes to the Walt Disney Family Museum, passes to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and welcome dinner. Roundtrip airfare to San Francisco and transportation to/from the New York airport are not included.

Note: Guest speakers and studio tours are subject to change.
Class is limited to 12 students.

To apply, fill out the following application form:

Activity level: light (6 – 8 on the RPE Scale )

For more information about this program, please contact Angelia Wojak, program director, at [email protected] or phone, 212.592.2387.

*All students must meet with the program director prior to registration.