In Brief: News from SCAD, FIT, and Art Center

  • Down at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Heriberto J. Brito has been appointed dean of the School of Building Arts. Brito, who helms his own interior design firm, is returning to SCAD, where he taught from 1979-85 and developed the curricula for the architecture, historic preservation, and interior design programs. He went on to teach at Georgia State University and the Atlanta College of Art, among other institutions. Brito has also served as a studio director, preservation planner, and architectural historian with a variety of firms and agencies. Brito replaces Brian Wishne, who now serves as chair of SCAD’s urban design department.
  • Closer to home, the ever-more-fabulous Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has launched a masters of fine arts program in illustration. The three-year program, which will welcome its first cohort of students this fall, was developed in response to the growing demand for the highest levels of professional illustration excellence and expertise, particularly in the film and entertainment industries. The new MFA program “will prepare illustrators to be innovative visual communicators and fosters the entrepreneurial approach that professional illustrators need in order to find professional success,” according to FIT. Also helping to draw in busy would-be students? Evening and weekend courses, including “History of American Illustration” (yum!) and “Digital Boot Camp.”

  • Art Center College of Design is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and among its octogenarian initiatives is the the “80 for 80” campaign, a $2 million effort to provide the equivalent of 80 $25,000 scholarships for Art Center students. Overseeing the project (among other things) is Arwen Duffy, the newly appointed senior vice president of development and external affairs at the Pasadena art and design school. Duffy was previously vice president for advancement at California Institute of the Arts, where she led a $150 million capital campaign. Before that, she worked at UCLA and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in various development roles.

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