Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

SFU short films win big
Three SFU film students took home major awards in the student-film category at the 2010 Vancouver Short Film Festival. David McDonald’s sci-fi thriller Empire City, which depicts a city controlled by crime and corruption, won best director, best cinematography, best editing and audience choice awards. Jun-Sun Song’s drama The Letters, about a student’s experiences and thoughts on graduation, won for best screenplay and best actress. And Julia Hutching’s Irradiate, about a daughter torn between social and emotional responsibility when her mother dies at home, won for best sound.

School of Contemporary Arts moves downtown
SFU’s new $81.5-million campus in the renovated Woodward’s complex in the Downtown Eastside opened in fall 2010. Named the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, it features six public performance and exhibition venues, and studios equipped for dance, film, music, theatre, visual art and the most up-to-date new media.

SFU unveils West House at Olympics
During the 2010 Winter Olympics, faculty and researchers from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology showcased their smart data interface and display systems in West House, a model ‘laneway’ house. Their 56.7-metre environmentally friendly house was the first to be built under new City of Vancouver zoning that allows the garage-sized structures in place of detached carports or garages.

SIAT students take first place for excellence
Six graduate students in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology who presented projects at the International Digital Media and Art Association (iDMAa) conference won an iDMAa first-place Award of Excellence in the student design showcase.

New Audain Gallery opened at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
The School for the Contemporary Arts opened the new Audain Gallery in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s to showcase the school’s exhibitions, events and collaborative programs. The gallery will present student shows, annual projects and exhibitions with artists-in-residence, and collaborate with local and international art institutions as well as other universities.