Reinvigorate Your Creative Passion: Spring Break SVA Destinations

February 3, 2016

Spring break is fast approaching, and rather than spending the week in idle relaxation, why not take the opportunity to travel, make art and gain professional connections? SVA Destinations, formerly Arts Abroad, is committed to offering cultural experiences that broaden perspectives and give artists a chance to replenish their creative energies in a new environment.

“An important part of the creative process is taking the time for renewal, for experiencing new surroundings and gaining new insights,” says Dora Riomayor, director of SVA Destinations. “To become immersed in another culture is to expand your perspective. This is why we offer our SVA Destination programs every year and why we offer such a broad curriculum.”

Here’s a look at the programs that are available during spring break in March.

cuba435Digital Photography in Havana, Cuba
March 4 – 11

Led by MPS Digital Photography Chair Katrin Eismann and faculty member Jaime Permuth, the weeklong workshop in Havana is a rare chance to explore the “Paris of the Caribbean,” and experience the city’s vibrant cultural heritage, timeless architecture and scenic beauty. This program is currently full, but another trip to Cuba is scheduled for May. Stay tuned for more details.

fashion425Fashion Photography in Miami Beach
March 5 – 13

Miami Beach—with its distinctive Art Deco architecture, renowned night life and beautiful beaches—is famed as destination for models, celebrities and fashionistas alike. Experience the “American Riviera” in a way few can, and get hands-on experience organizing and photographing models on-site in Miami Beach. Workshops will focus on technique for the perfect editorial, including using available light, reflectors, translucent softeners and portable stroke lights.

san425SVA in San Francisco: Technology and the Future of Storytelling
March 6 – 12

Interested in working at the intersection of visual storytelling and technology? SVA in San Francisco offers insider access to some of the most influential entertainment and technology companies in the Bay Area, including Industrial Light and Magic, Autodesk and Steel Wool Games. Meet leading creatives and talent recruiters face-to-face, and learn what it takes to make it in the industry. Led by Angie Wojak, director, SVA Career Development, and Hsiang Chin Moe, director of operations, MFA Computer Art.

stage425SVA in LA: The Film and Animation Behind-the-Scenes Series
March 7 – 11

If you have dreams of the silver screen, then consider SVA in LA, a unique opportunity to tour film and animation studios in the Hollywood area. Hear from leading filmmakers and production artists working on film and television, as they discuss their roles in the filmmaking process and share professional experiences. Scheduled alumni speakers include producer Randall Emmett (Rambo, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Amityville Horror), Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Inside Out), Walt Disney animator Alex Kupershmidt (The Lion King, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog) and Academy Award-winning sound engineer Mark Ulano (Titanic, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained). This program is currently full but click through for more information.

The Destinations programs are open to SVA students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the general public. For more information, including details about upcoming summer programs, visit The deadline for applications for these four programs is Friday, February 5, except Fashion Photography, which has been extended to Friday, February 19.


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