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MFACA Alumni Win at Taiwan International Student Design Competition
December 7, 2017
A group of young people sitting on an installation. The installation looks similar to a bookshelf and is formed in a spiral that flows away from the viewer.
L-R: Farhana Hossain, Ninaad Kularni, Jihyeon Bae, and Ching-Tien Chu.

Four recent MFACA alumni had the amazing opportunity to travel to Taipei City for the 2017 Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) in late November. Organized by the Youth Development Administration of the Ministry of Education, TISDC received 18,932 submissions this year making it the biggest design competition in the world. Our alumni excelled in the Digital Animation category!

Jihyeon Bae won bronze in the Digital Animation category for her animation short Flipped Out. Ninaad Kularni, Farhana Hossain, and Ching-Tien Chu all won distinctive International Design Association Special Prizes for their animation shorts: KCLOC, The Dumb Elephant, and VERGE respectively. 2017 Student Academy Winner Young Gul Cho received an honorable mention prize for her animation short E-delivery.

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It was an absolute honor and delight for my film "KCLOC" to be one of the International Design Association Special prize winner, awarded by the Hong Kong Federation of Design Association. Other than the experience of eating incredibly delicious Taiwanese food, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Global Talent Design Workshop, D21 Design Summit, Global Design leadership Forum and finally the Award Ceremony, all which provided a great venue for engagement with distinguished dignitaries and talented students from around the world. I would like to thank SVA MFACA, for backing my dreams and TISDC for giving me this platform for my voice to be heard.
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Ninaad Kulkarni
MFA 2017 Computer Arts
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I was proud and honored to represent SVA and The United States on this very international platform. We participated in a design workshop where we brainstormed different ways to use design as a solution for social issues. It was interesting to see how people from other cultures approach design. The experts and award winners all came from different corners of the world. Our respective interpreters had their work cut out for them as many of us barely spoke the same language. Yet, we managed to overcome all barriers and form bonds that we'll share for years to come. I even got to hang out with students who were representing my alma mater and hometown of Singapore! I would like to thank TISDC and The Ministry of Education, Taiwan, for this invaluable experience and Design Business Chamber Singapore for the generous award!
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Farhana Hossian
MFA 2017 Computer Arts
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The entire program was heavily focused on design, however it was still very interesting since design students have completely different thought process than us animators! Besides all the amazing food and culture in Taiwan, the most memorable thing for me was connecting with such talented people around the world. We are all from different background but were still able to communicate - either in English or through body language. By the end of the trip, I made good friends who I still talk to on Facebook and Instagram. It was a very short trip, but it was totally worth the jet lag.
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Jihyeon Bae
MFA 2017 Computer Arts
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It was a great honor to receive this award from TISDC. My film "VERGE" received the International Design Association Special Prize-ico-D. The three-day event included a workshop, lecture and ceremony, all provided the great opportunity to meet with the other talents and professionals. The event and this award is truly meaningful to me because Taiwan is my home country.
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Ching-Tien Chu
MFA 2017 Computer Arts