(ATLANTA, May 24, 2016) – The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have partnered with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on a creative initiative to reach its fans and friends in a new and never-before-seen way.
The Harlem Globetrotters are collaborating with the SCAD animation department to create character concepts for a potential animated series based on the team. Working closely with the Globetrotters, students are engaged in the research and development of ideas and designs for the project.
This partnership is conducted through the SCAD Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), which unites SCAD faculty and students with external partners on projects to generate innovative solutions to real-world challenges. Part of the SCAD Quality Enhancement Plan, a requirement of SCAD’s institutional accreditation, the CLC enhances the education of SCAD students by fostering authentic professional experiences that contribute to unparalleled career preparation.
“We’re very excited about collaborating with SCAD in developing a product that will expand our brand in the world of television and animation,” said Harlem Globetrotters President Howard Smith. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with such creative and innovative students.”
"We are excited to partner with the Harlem Globetrotters, purveyors of family-friendly entertainment for a global audience for the past 90 years," said Lee Barry Todd, Director of Sponsored Projects, SCAD Atlanta. "This animation project provides our students with a wonderful opportunity to apply their creative talents in a professional capacity, and in a way that supports the incredible legacy of the Globetrotters."
The program will be established in four phases over the duration of the course, including the Globetrotters visiting the SCAD campus and hosting students at the Harlem Globetrotters International headquarters in Peachtree Corners, GA. The course launched in the spring of 2016.
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.
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 42 majors, as well as minors in more than 70 disciplines across its locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.
With more than 32,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 12,000 students, comes from across all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of nearly 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment, and the innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources.
In 2015, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top four 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 survey of Spring 2015 SCAD graduates, 98 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation.
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