ATLANTA, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce its partnership with the 44th annual Southeast EMMY® Awards, to be held June 16, 2018, in Atlanta. This partnership marks the first time the Southeast chapter of the EMMY Awards organization, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has chosen a university to be its principal underwriter.
The partnership will help spotlight student achievement in television and the entertainment arts, as well as celebrate Atlanta's excellence in broadcast journalism. SCAD students across degree programs, including motion media design and production design, will help design the Southeast EMMY Awards evening aesthetic and communications to EMMY Awards contenders leading up to the event.
SCAD's entertainment arts degree programs and events have garnered recognition by major media outlets, including "Variety," "MovieMaker Magazine," "USA Today," and "Fast Company". Notably, SCAD offers the only degree program focused specifically on television producing to connect students directly with Atlanta's flourishing TV industry. Atlanta is home to one of SCAD's four global campuses. Atlanta is the headquarters location for the Southeast EMMY Awards.
"SCAD is honored to be selected as the official university partner for the Southeast EMMY Awards," said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. "Entertainment arts, performing arts and digital technology are special strengths of a SCAD education, and our graduates thrive in the world of television."
In 2017, the first year the Southeast EMMY Chapter's Student Production Awards were open to colleges and universities, as well as high schools, SCAD students garnered 23 awards — nine of which were first-place wins — more than all other universities combined. Out of 13 categories, SCAD students swept four in their entirety: Short Form/Non-Fiction, Public Service Announcements, Commercial, and Animation/Graphics/Special Effects.
Also in 2017, at the College Television Awards, SCAD's first sitcom TV series, "The Buzz," earned a Student EMMY Award for scripted series, the highest accolade the television industry can bestow at the college level. The show was also nominated for Best Comedy Writing.
At the 2017 Creative Arts EMMY Awards, SCAD alumni earned top honors, including the EMMY Award for Outstanding Motion Design for the ABC special "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," among others.
SCAD has graduated nearly 12,000 alumni from programs related to film, television and the entertainment arts, including 2,800 alumni already working in Georgia's entertainment industry at prestigious companies, including: Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, Weather Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Georgia Public Broadcasting and more.
With nearly 1 million square feet dedicated to the production of film, television and all other forms of entertainment, SCAD offers state-of-the-art technology and studio resources for SCAD students, as well as professional production companies and corporations. SCAD also boasts the only full-time, in-house university casting office in the nation. The SCAD Casting Office has placed more than 250 roles to date for productions by Netflix, HBO and Hulu, among others.
In addition to specialized degree programs, SCAD offers a yearlong roster of signature events designed to connect students with industry luminaries. The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is a weeklong celebration of cinematic creativity showcasing the work of professionals and students. Founded in 1998, it is the largest university film festival in the nation and attracts 55,000 attendees annually. Through Atlanta-based SCADFILM, a leading program for professional engagement in film, entertainment and the digital arts, SCAD offers exclusive access to leading resources, private masterclasses and certifications. This year, SCADFILM launched a new annual series of festivals in Atlanta: SCAD aTVfest (February), SCAD ForwardFest (April), SCAD AnimationFest (August) and SCAD GamingFest (November).
About the Southeast EMMY® Awards
Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1973, the Southeast EMMY® Awards are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Southeast EMMY® Chapter is one of 19 chapters throughout the United States identifying and celebrating excellence in television and other broadcast visual media. The chapter represents television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from markets in Alabama, Georgia; Mississippi; South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina.
SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 75 disciplines across its locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning. With more than 35,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of nearly 14,000, comes from across the U.S. and more than 100 countries worldwide.
In 2017, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the top university in the United States and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni placement rate. In a study of Spring 2016 SCAD graduates, 98 percent were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.
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