SOURCE: Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts

Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts

June 15, 2009 14:06 ET

Madison Media Institute Offers Game Art & Animation Program

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - Madison Media Institute will launch its long anticipated Game Art and Animation (GAM) program in September, 2009. Students in the GAM program will work with the latest generation of game development software in preparation for positions in the computer game and animation field.

The GAM program has been developed by industry veteran Eric Weiss, who has 20 years experience in computer animation production. Eric has worked on several best-selling game titles including: Electronic Arts' "James Bond, From Russia with Love," "The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age," and "Prey," developed by Madison's Human Head Studios. Eric also has extensive experience in film animation and visual effects and his credits include "Superman Returns," "The Polar Express," "Final Fantasy, The Spirits Within" and "Godzilla." Eric recently completed work as the Digital Supervisor on Nickelodeon's hit show "Back at the Barnyard." Leaders from local gaming companies in Madison were also instrumental in the development for course make up, content, software and textbook choices. Gaming companies will have continued presence in the advisory committee, student portfolio reviews and guest lectures.

Placing a concentration on the artistic side of the game production process, graduates of the GAM program will be prepared for entry-level jobs as modelers, animators and technical animators. Students will have courses in all of these areas but also have the opportunity to focus their skills in a chosen discipline in both team-based and individual projects.

Maya has been chosen as the 3D animation software program as it has become the industry-standard animation package. By the end of the 75 credit hour program, graduates will be highly proficient with this comprehensive tool. For modeling, students will learn to create 3D models using Maya, Mudbox and ZBrush as well as Body Paint and Painter. They will work on human and non-human characters, environments and backgrounds as well as props. Animation courses will include Maya, Motion Builder and hands-on experience with Motion Capture performances. Students will also learn the technical animation skills of character rigging, programming with Maya's Embedded Programming Language (MEL), python scripting and advanced lighting, rendering and compositing techniques.

Throughout the GAM program, students will learn how to integrate their animation and models into a working game using the Unreal Game Engine by Epic Games. Students will graduate with a complete portfolio including a demo reel, DVD, website and working game level created with their own art.

Madison Media Institute, established in 1969, specializes in media career training through hands-on work with cutting-edge equipment. Specific areas of curriculum include Digital Media Design & Production, Recording & Music Technology, Video & Motion Graphics, Media Systems Technology, Game Art & Animation and Entertainment & Media Business. Programs and facilities are continually upgraded to coincide with developments made in technology and communications.

Madison Media Institute is accredited nationally by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. For more information please visit or call 1-800-236-4997.

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