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VFX Student Project

Check our VFX student working on his short video projet.
Name: Joseph Clifford
Program: Visual Effects and Digital Video
Project: ” Student short video will be ready at the end of this semester. It will be approximately 3-5 min, the story revolves around a typical day in Lillys’ life. She soon finds out she is not alone at night, making this particular day not so typical…”

Mt Sierra College English as a Second Language courses

Mt Sierra College newest program – English as a Second Language (ESL) courses

It is with great pleasure to announce Mt Sierra College newest program: English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Our ESL program will be available to domestic  students beginning the summer 2016 quarter. The College’s remedial ESL courses will be offered in three progressing levels: basic, intermediate, and near proficient. Each level will consist of a reading, a writing, and an oral communication skills course intended to help students acquire proficiency in the English language. These courses are designed to help students to prepare for their post-secondary education.

While supporting the mission of the College, the objectives of the ESL courses were developed in alignment with the College’s Institutional Learning Outcomes. Therefore, upon successful completion of Mt Sierra’s ESL Courses, students will be able to:

  1. Think critically, independently, and creatively
  2. Demonstrate effective verbal and listening communication skills
  3. Demonstrate effective reading and written communication skills
  4. Make decisions in accordance with ethical principles
  5. Locate, access, analyze, organize, and utilize information
  6. Demonstrate and apply an understanding of living in a global community
  7. Pass the TOEFL exam with a score of 65 or greater

Mt Sierra College English as a Second Language courses

We are all very excited to offer and expand our services to prospective students both domestic students. We look forward to meeting and helping them achieve their educational goal of mastering the English language. Most importantly, we are eager to welcome them to the Mt Sierra family.
May 17, 2016
Mt Sierra College


MAY24 Visual Effects Industry Talk by "VFX Legion"

Visual Effects Industry Talk by “VFX Legion” – May 24

Join us for an industry talk with James Hattin President, Creative Director of VFX and Nate Smalley – VFX Producer and Head of Production. James has over two decades of experience in the visual effects industry and has over a hundred visual effects credits. Nate is a talented and ex-perienced producer with a gift for organization. His career in visual effects commenced as a data manager, following which he made the move into the world of VFX production.

About Legion Studios:
Legion is a forward-thinking and fully remote large-scale post-production and vfx studio. they work with a worldwide talent pool of in-novators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers to meet the shifting needs and budgets of contemporary content creation.

Speaker: Nate Smalley and James Hattin
Date: Tuesday May 24
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Theater

RSVP required –
Space is limited.

Monrovia’s local community ‪‎television‬ station ‪KGEM‬ is part of Mt Sierra College now

Monrovia’s local community ‪#‎television‬ station – ‪#‎KGEM‬ is part of Mt Sierra College now! The main station (KGEM) is located in Monrovia at 847 E. Olive Avenue at Mountain. It has a ‪#‎studio‬, three editing bays and an office. KGEM provides studio time, ‪#‎cameras‬, and editing ‪#‎equipment‬. We’ll also show you how to use it! Check back soon for ‪#‎DigitalStudio‬ ‪#‎Workshops‬ at KGEM Studio by Mt Sierra College featured by Emmy Award professor Laurel Klick!


Applying for Financial Aid

Step 1. Apply for FSA ID (Parent must apply if student is dependent) –

Step 2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – (school code – 031287)

Step 3. Student must complete Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling if borrowing student loans. Parent must also complete parent MPN if borrowing parent loan for dependent student –

Step 4. Check your financial aid history (federal grants and loans) – – “MYDATA” button

Step 5. Apply for outside scholarships –

Step 6. Need assistance or have more question – Contact our Financial Aid office – 626-873-2100


Mt Sierra College Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Showcasing New Campus

Mt Sierra College hosted their ribbon cutting ceremony on March 9, 2016. The ribbon ceremony marked the opening of Mt Sierra College’s brand new campus and state-of-the-art facilities. Owner and interim president, Jie (George) Zhao, welcomed the community and guests to join in the celebration. Those involved included the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, and many community professionals and leaders.




The Ribbon Ceremony also included an award observance by the Student Council to honor Professor Randy Slade. The MSC Standout Award was presented to Professor Slade by Student Council Vice President Melissa Valle, and Treasurer Rachel Luviano. The MSC Stand out Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond their respective duty and demonstrates a hard work ethic. “We picked Slade because he goes above and beyond for his students. Every student has nothing but positive comments about him. He has always attended our townhall meetings and is a big supporter of student council,” said Student Council Vice President, Melissa Valle.

The college moved to the new facility in January 2016. The new space features an atmosphere that promotes group learning and collaboration. The high-tech classrooms are designed to enhance the revamped curriculum. Mt Sierra College offers approximately 25,000 square feet of space dedicated to student learning. The new campus provides laboratory and traditional classroom instruction in spacious and efficient classrooms. The new campus includes a student lounge; an intimate twenty-one seat theatre; break out spaces and conference rooms; a learning resource center with the latest in online resources, books, videos, periodicals; rental equipment center with professional video and photography equipment. Classrooms and labs are networked using the latest in wired and wireless technology. Mt Sierra College has developed a campus that simulates the environment in which students will be working as they enter the professional world. The College laid the foundation for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in 1994. After receiving accreditation in April of 1996, Mt Sierra College offered its first courses leading to degrees in Network Communications, Multimedia Design Technology, and Computer Information Technology. In the Fall of 2002, Mt Sierra College launched its first business degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Since then, the College has introduced new programs in the Media Arts and Design department, including the innovative Game Arts and Design program as well as Visual Design, Visual Effects and Digital Video. Since 2015, the 100% shareholder of Mt Sierra College, Inc. is Wellsland, LLC; a single member Limited Liability Company. The change in ownership in 2015 allowed for the current changes and revamping of the college. Today, Mt Sierra College continues its pattern of innovative curriculum development attached to their education philosophy- to offer students an education that prepares them for entry into a wide variety of careers in media arts and design, business and technology.

In his speech, owner and interim president, Jie (George) Zhao stated, “My dream has come true. We are happy to welcome you to our new facility. I hope this to be a playground where our students can enjoy learning and growing.” The new and improved campus is a testament to the commitment of Wellsland, LLC to the growth of Mt Sierra College.

The revamped curriculum displays dedication to the evolution and improvement of the college. The changes to the curriculum include shifting the courses to benefit each program. New curriculum includes updated software courses like ZBrush, Quixel Suite 2, Camtasia and Quick Time Player for the Game Arts Program. This is in addition to 8 other professional game art programs implemented in the core curriculum. The media program has added a new web design and development path to its Visual Design program with intensive focus on visual design and theory. Mt Sierra endeavors to expand it’s focus with future plans in Mobile Gaming, 3D printing, and Virtual Reality development.


ARTpal Design Competition

In continuing our partnership with the Monrovia Public Library, Mt. Sierra College (MSC)t will help kickstart the Summer Reading Program. The mission of the iREAD Summer Reading Program is to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read. Mt. Sierra College supports iREAD’s mission and believes in promoting education, digital literacy, and life-long learning skills. The Monrovia Public Library will invite the entire Monrovia community— over 4,000 residents—to participate in our ARTpal Design Contest!

What is ARTpal?

MSC’s Library has developed the activity ARTpal to encourage creativity by introducing children and teens to the creative arts. ARTpal is similar to the pen pal process, in which a child shares their work with a college student. The college student re-designs the child’s creative writing or artwork using their own artistic style. The child and the student collaborate on a creative idea and share a design experience. ARTpal is just one way that Mt. Sierra College gives back to the community!

The Design Competition

Mt. Sierra College Students are invited to participate in the ARTPal Design Competition.
1. Select one drawing or one story submitted by children and teens (Grades K – 12)
2. If you select a drawing, re-design the artwork using your own artistic style
3. If you select a written story, create a design based on the written story using your own artistic style
4. This year’s theme is Read! – For the Win! Topics include: sports and games.
Winners will be selected from the following catergories:
Category 1: Best Graphic Design
Category 2: Best 3D Model
Category 3: Best Animation or Special Effects

Prizes To Be Announced

All participants, their families and friends will be invited to attend the Summer Reading Program Kickoff in June 2016 to honor the work of all participants.


To apply please fill out the Design Competition Interest Form that can be obtained in the LRC.


Interview with Mt. Sierra College Emmy Award Visual Effects and Digital Video Professor – Laurel Klick

Professor Laurel Klick, a Visual Effects and Digital Video Professor at Mt. Sierra College, was presented an Emmy award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or Special for her work on Frank Herbert’s Dune (Part 1), which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. The statuette was presented at the 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The visual effects team that worked on the film include: Ernest Farino, Tim McHugh, Klick and Frank H. Isaacs (visual effects supervisors); Elaine Essex Thompson (visual effects coordinator); James Healy and Gregory Nicotero (lead special effects supervisors); Anthony Alderson (CGI supervisor); and Chris Zapara (lead CGI animator).

“Receiving an Emmy from your peers is a huge validation of your work,” says Professor Klick. “There are not a lot of women in visual effects, and to have something concrete to show for my work will hopefully encourage other women to pursue a career that’s technical, but equally creative, in nature.”

Frank Herbert’s Dune is the second film iteration of the classic science fiction novel. In 1984, David Lynch directed a feature film version. In this latest rendition, Professor Klick was responsible for the space sequences, “water of life” visions, the arrival of the navigator and “folding space” – which was basically a cone textured with a cloud pattern and star field that turned in on itself. The work included entire 3D environments and multi-layered compositing.

“The challenge we faced was in designing the abstract ideas that are crucial elements of the story,” says Professor Klick. “We had a lot of freedom to come up with a design for folding space, the navigator’s arrival and the water of life scenes. We designed the shots in the computer and rendered motion tests with different looks and effects for Ernie Farino and John Harrison (director) to review.”

Professor Klick joined Cinesite in December 2000 and was also working on Lakeshore Entertainment’s Mothman Prophecies slated for a February 2002 release. The film stars Richard Gere and Laura Linney. Professor Klick was supervising the creation of a CG bridge with a complete 3D environment. Professor Klick and her team will also bring to fruition the manifestations and presence of the Mothman in the film.

Prior to joining Mt. Sierra College and Cinesite, Professor Klick was a visual effects supervisor at Netter Digital Entertainment, where she worked on Dune. She began her career by cleaning film on Stars Wars at ILM. She then did optical work and digital artistry and supervision at R. Greenberg & Assoc., Manhattan Transfer, ILM, and Available Light Ltd. Her credits include Terminator, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Last Action Hero, Braveheart, Dead Presidents, Mortal Kombat, and My Favorite Martian.

Professor Klick is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, and a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. She received an Emmy Certificate in 1983 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in special effects for The Winds of War (optical camera). She received her bachelor’s in art from Fresno State University and has further studied art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, and at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Watch Interview with Mt. Sierra College Emmy Award Professor – Laurel Klick


Meet Mt. Sierra College at Game Developers Conference 2016

Mt. Sierra College is excited to be attending world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event March, 16th to March, 18th. The Game Developers Conference (‪#‎GDC‬) is where over 26,000 ‪#‎programmers‬, ‪#‎artists‬, ‪#‎producers‬, ‪#‎gamedesigners‬, ‪#‎audioprofessionals‬ and business decision-makers gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the gaming industry.

Right now, we’re scheduling chats for GDC. If you’re also going to the show and want to meet up, please let us know and we can schedule time to connect during the show

You can meet us at North Hall Booth# 2129.