ARC Academy – the first multidisciplinary creative academy of its kind – opens in Sofia Tech Park this autumn. Students of the Academy will be able to study in four areas: game development, brand building, film production and space design.
ARC Academy has attracted business partners to teach the disciplines. The training process will involve companies that are leaders in their respective industries. They will give students the opportunity to participate in joint projects, in a real business environment and with latest material base, which the standard university environment lacks, thus slowing down employee development compared to the pace of development and business needs. In this way, the Academy will realise its concept of being a practical educational platform in which businesses find and train their future staff.
ARC Academy is supported by the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) and Sofia Tech Park. For the Advertising and Brand Management specialty, the Academy is in partnership with the Varna University of Management (VUM) and students will be able to graduate with a Master’s degree.
The creators of the project are Anthony Christov and Milin Dzhaliev. Anthony Christov returned to Sofia after 30 years working in Hollywood in positions including Art Director at Pixar productions like Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Incredibles 2, and others. Milin Dzhalaliev is an expert in advertising and branding and has worked in various management positions, including 10 years as manager of Saatchi & Saatchi at Publicis Groupe Bulgaria.
The Academy’s plans include standard training formats and online courses. The first classes start in October and the call for applications is already open.