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Sandy Appleoff

Advisor Orange County, California Area, US

Chair of the Art of Game Design MFA, Laguna College of Art + Design.

Chair of the Art of Game Design MFA, Laguna College of Art + Design.

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Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD)




Chair of the Art of Game Design MFA Laguna College of Art + Design March 2015 - present
Chair and Founder of Game Art Major Laguna College of Art + Design Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) August 2006 - present
Appelöf May 1980 - present
Affiliated Faculty UCI Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds September 2009 - 2010
Assistant Professor of Illustration The University of Kansas August 1999 - May 2000
Adjunct/Assistant Professor of Illustration Kansas City Art Institute September 1983 - May 1994
Illustrator Triad Productions 1983 - 1989
Artist Hallmark Cards 1980 - 1982


University of Kansas Scenography 2003 - 2006
Iowa State University Communication Arts 1975 - 1980
Laguna College of Art and Design

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Recruiting
  • • Startup incubators
  • • Seed funding
  • • Public speaking
  • • Publishing
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • new product develpment
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Media
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Games
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Smart Home
  • • Green
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Recruiting
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Teacher training
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Design • Leadership • Collaboration • Art Direction • Arts Administration • Creative Direction • Curriculum Development • Strategic Partnerships • Women Entrepreneurs

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Nikol Stein
Product Designer - UX,UI,Visual Design and Branding. Love working on products for kids, families and social/humanitarian causes.
Sandy is extremely passionate about art and education. She was the Design Chair at Laguna College of the Arts while I was a Teacher there an ... d she was always open to suggestions from her high quality staff (that she found and hired) on how to make the program better for the students. She is forward thinking and solutions oriented. She was always looking for ways to bring more exposure to the program. I would definitely work with Sandy.
Rebecca Kramp
We worked together  •  Manager: Finaling dept., Stereo D and Illustrator, Private Client, Charity foundation.
I have had the pleasure of learning from Sandy as a student in college, working for her as an instructor in her game art program and finally ... consulted with her as an industry professional. I believe Sandy’s industry-involved approach to her game art curriculum is key to its success at Laguna College of Art and Design. Being one of the first game art graduates, I saw it come from humble beginnings and grow into a very popular and extremely diverse curriculum that she is by far the driving force behind. She works tirelessly to make sure the program has the best instructors that keep the artists thriving and active not only in school but in the industry from the moment they start in class. Her ability to network and drive a team to produce incredible projects and artists is proven each semester with the placement of those artists at renowned studios for game and film. Being in the film industry myself, I know how key it is Sandy has capable industry professionals to keep her program in step with modern technology and pipelines and also a strong sense of what students are to expect outside the classroom; which can often make or break even the best artist. She is a wealth of knowledge with great relationships with several industries and would excel in providing mentorship and information to students, aspiring game makers, and even seasoned professionals alike.
Wesley Martin
We worked together  •  Art Director, Mobius Digital Games and Artist, Golden Glitch.
Sandy is a great advisor because she cares tremendously about the success of those she advises. She has tremendous skill in her craft, as we ... ll as the ability to find other highly skilled people and help them collaborate and learn from each other. Because of Sandy, I was introduced to the skills and people I needed to start my career, which has been very successful in a very short period of time. I would recommend Sandy as an advisor to anyone.
Kimberly Frassett
We worked together  •  CEO, Terra Arts Foundation and Owner, Masterpiece Classical Academy.
Sandy has a gift of visionary team management insight, is positive as well as constructive in her critiques. She keeps her promises and mee ... ts her goals. She is creative and would make an excellent partner on any project.
Megan Elizabeth Carlsen
We worked together  •  Lead Artist, TinyCo. Previously Exhibitor: Sunny Badger, Alternate Press Expo (APE).
Many of the qualities that made me a successful Lead Artist on a top 10 mobile game were a direct result of working with Sandy. She taught ... me to be a professional. From her I learned how to watercolor, how to write succinctly, how to network, and how to maintain an optimistic attitude. I would recommend Sandy for any mentor or leadership role.
Martin Todd Belle
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Social Impact by Design, Carbon Project Inc. and Co-Founder, CCO, The Carbon Project.
Sandy is always looking to future and what might be. She has energy that is endless and contagious, a pleasure to collaborate and create wit ... h.
Wanda Meloni
They're my advisor  •  Executive Director, Open Gaming Alliance and Vice President Board of Directors, Open Gaming Alliance.
Sandy has a very innate ability to see the path that needs to be taken and get the various parties on-board and working toward the common go ... al. She can bring together multiple disciplines to build something unique.
Linda Sellheim
We worked together  •  Manager 3D + Animation, CAD Content,, LinkedIn and Content Manager, 3D + Animation, CAD,
Built a great program at LCAD

Dan Frost
We worked together  •  Senior Lecturer with SOE, UC Irvine Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. University of California, Irvine grad. Harvard grad.
big mind

Kimberly Frassett
They're my friends  •  CEO, Terra Arts Foundation and Owner, Masterpiece Classical Academy.
I have known Kimberly since she walked into my class at LCAD as a student. Before that time she had already had a successful startup. Her cu ... rrent Terra Arts Foundation is one of the best educational startups in Orange County. Kimberly is a great entrepreneur.