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Tulane School of Professional Advancement Announces Design Symposium Series at NOMA

  (October 17, 2017)
Tulane School of Professional Advancement Announces Design Symposium Series at NOMA

Tulane School of Professional Advancement is pleased to partner with the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) for a Design Symposium series starting in October. The series highlights various disciplines as they relate to the design process and industry opportunities both locally and globally. The fall symposium “Technology & Storytelling: Animation, Special Effects, Virtual & Augmented Reality" will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The event will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A, as well as a digital exhibition of student and artist work. The “Technology & Storytelling" evening will also feature a hands-on demonstration of virtual and augmented reality using personal operation devices and opportunities for audience participation.

Panelists for the symposium include Matthew Hales, vice president of immersive technology at TurboSquid; Christofer Dierdorff, photographer and artist; Simon Blake, animator; and Matthew Findley, president of inXile Entertainment.

"We are incredibly excited to showcase the talent of artists and designers in New Orleans," said Carrie Lee Schwartz, senior professor of practice for media arts and digital design at Tulane School of Professional Advancement and moderator for the event. “Panelists and guest speakers have used their design skills to enhance lives and influence local culture and commerce."

Held in conjunction with the Friday Night at NOMA series and made possible with support from the Tulane Provost's office and the Lavin Bernik Faculty Grant, the Design Symposium series recognizes and connects creative, innovative and critical thinkers and designers in the New Orleans community.

To learn more about this event and the School of Professional Advancement, call 504-865-5555 or visit The school's Uptown campus is located at 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La. 70118.

The School of Professional Advancement offers high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs in the humanities and in applied fields that relate directly to the needs and interests of working adults. The faculty, most of whom are working professionals, ensure programs stay cutting edge and relevant, helping graduates to maximize the value of their degrees. The School of Professional Advancement currently offers 26 undergraduate programs of study and four master's degree programs at its three campuses and online. For more information, visit

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses nearly 40,000 art objects encompassing 5,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing special exhibitions, are on view in the museum's 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. NOMA offers docent-guided tours at 1 p.m. every Tuesday–Sunday. The adjoining Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century's master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Teenagers (ages 13-19) receive free admission every day through the end of the year, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

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