2012 has been a great year for SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) this year. This past weekend the Hong Kong branch of SCAD opened its doors to open house for the general public to go and take a look at the American art school’s amazing facilities, located in the historic North Kowloon Magistracy Building in Sham Shui Po, a UNESCO Heritage Building at that.
Earlier this year a few HK Creatives, including myself, were able to take a tour of the school as well as offer a panel discussion for the students on topics that touch upon the subjects of HK Design and Social Responsibility and in my case, Fashion and Social Media.
This event, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, was titled SCADStyle 2012, with panelists such as Michael Leung (HK Honey / Shanghai Street Studios), Joanne Ooi (PLUKKA), Danielle Huthart (Whitespace), Collin Thompson (Ex-CEO Cipher), and Arne Eggers (HK Tatler)… all with whom I’ve written about in one way or another in this blog.
Arne and Me looking extremely serious. (We were talking about FACEBOOK.)
The turnout was great. And to make it more exciting, the lecture was located in the main courtroom which historically hosted some of Hong Kong’s most famous court cases.
We had fun with the panel discussion of course, but I actually found the tour the most memorable. I really felt like I wanted to go back to school. It seemed like a nice fun place to really “create”.
Additionally, the school had plenty of flexi-sitting out spaces which allowed for relaxed student interaction… afterall, most learning apparently occurs OUTSIDE of the classroom where students teach other students.
Most of the textiles, paintings, and objects that are spread around within the sitting out spaces were crafted by the students themselves.
The school is located within the historic Sham Shui Po district north of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Here you can still find blocks of Hong Kong which reflect the city as it was before modernization. Chinese Building walkups from mid-20th Century are still preserved, and businesses still run the same way they’ve done so for many years. All these textures and visual flavours of course are captured by the students and published in SCAD Hong Kong’s first photo book, just released this year titled Tilting The Lens: Telling the Story of Sham Shui Po.
In attendance at the talk was blogger, Samantha Wong (center).
SCAD Alumn from Marc and Chantal, Jason.
Social Media consultant/guru, Taura.
Designer from my team at LWK, Frances (right) with Arne, both in black and beige.
Also I would like to thank my sister, Bernadette, my friend Andy, and another designer, Michael for coming to check out the talk as well.
Then it was a long taxi ride after, where I had a nice dreamy Wong Kar Wai moment on the way back to Central through the streets of Sham Shui Po.
SCAD in Hong Kong offers degrees for Advertising, Animation, Fashion, Fashion Marketing and Management, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Development, Interior Design, Luxury and Fashion Management, Motion Media, Painting, Photography, Sequential Art, and Visual Effects. The degrees are an American Bachelors Degree. So if you’re born and live in Hong Kong, you can stay here and go to school, AND graduate with an American diploma. Not bad. But you can transfer to SCAD’s other locations in Atlanta, Lacoste, and of course, Savannah, as well.
Check out Whitespace’s Blog about SCAD STYLE 2012.
LEARN SCAD Hong Kong / READ Tilting The Lens / EXPLORE Sham Shui Po Neighborhood