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24 March, 2023

Creative Arts Students Take On LA

UCS Creative Arts students have spent an amazing two weeks in LA, seeing where their futures could take them!

Rubbing shoulders with the stars, getting involved with the community, and seeing the sights - it's been a jam-packed couple of weeks for creative arts students visiting Los Angeles.

The UCS Creative Digital and Graphic Design, Foundation Diploma, Fine Art and Media Make-up students visited all sorts of places across the city, often returning to Otis College of Art and Design, LA's first professional school of the arts. Here, Otis College and UCS students spent time together discussing and working on various projects and presentations.

In LA, our students also had the opportunity to visit one of the best make-up manufacturers in the region, Ben Nye Make-up, as well as the Seabin project in Marina Del Rey. At the Seabin Project, our students were the first group in the USA to help record data of what is really happening with the plastic in our oceans. Later in the trip, students spent a day understanding how students work at MUD (Make-up Designory) and the materials and techniques used to make it in the film and TV industry.

One of the biggest moments for our students on the trip was Oscars season! The Media Make-up students enjoyed VIP seats at the Academy Awards Motion Picture museum. There, they enjoyed being a part of the Make-up and Styling panel, hearing from all five Oscar nominees, including Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser and Tenoch Huerta Mejía. To add to the excitement, students got to see all of the amazing work put into on All Quiet on the Western Front, The Batman, Elvis, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Whale. The event was a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars, but more importantly, students could see what success in their industry could look like when they achieve it.

Towards the end of two exhausting weeks of learning, community work, and fantastic new opportunities, it was time for some fun. Students celebrated the end of their trip with a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Part of the day was spent furthering their film and industry insight, but not to let the opportunity pass them, students took full advantage of what the park had to offer. The Harry Potter ride started and ended the day and was the unanimous favourite!

All in all, students enjoyed an incredible trip: exploring an exciting city, making memories to last a lifetime, and learning more about their industries and what future success might one day look like.

If you're interested in learning more about studying creative arts with us, go to the UCS Creative Arts page.