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AIE’s National Veterans Roll Call

The National Roll Call project is a national grassroots effort to make Veterans Day on every campus a special time of appreciation and reflection. The 2019 National Roll Call honors those who have served and are serving, as well as the fallen. On November 11, AIE will conduct a simultaneous “minute of silence” at 11:00…

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3 Major Reasons Why Conventions And Conferences Are Important | AIE

3 Major Reasons Why Conventions and Conferences Are Important for Your Career

There’s something for everyone at any convention or conference, but why do so many industry people attend events like PAX and GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) every year? 1. Limitless Opportunities By going to conventions and conferences, you will have so many opportunities to make friends, connections, and people that may want to join you on…

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Lafayette Campus Game Jam – November 8th

What is a game jam? The goal of a game jam is to come together and make a game (be it a videogame, board game, card game…) Jammers quickly come up with new ideas, and make quick sketches of how they might work to prototype and playtest. Often jammers have a theme or central idea…

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AIE Alumni Industry Insight: Tina Tsou

After being a graphic designer for several years, Tina Tsou had a change of heart and decided that she really wanted to work in the film industry. To shift her path into animation from graphic design, she attended the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to achieve her industry dreams, and graduated from the 3D Animation &…

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AIE Minor Production Process

One of the most valuable parts of the course for our Game Development students is the opportunity to collaborate with their peers from other disciplines for their final project at the end of each school year. Internally, those projects are referred to as “Minor Production” and “Major Production” respectively for our first year and second…

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AIE Alumni Spotlight: Andy Burt

Andy Burt was honored as a Valedictorian for the graduating 3D Animation & VFX for Film class of 2019. Valedictorians are recognized for their dedication to one’s study, and you can always count on their eagerness to exceed the status quo. They lead by example, and as a result, they prove themselves to be exemplary…

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History Meets Virtual Reality: AIE x Seattle Public Library

Not only does the Academy of Interactive Entertainment students get to collectively work together on projects for Minor and Major Production, but students are also given the opportunity to work with a real client. Working with a client varies with each program, and this time a team of our Game Art & Animation students are…

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AIE Alumni Spotlight: Corwin Waldron

Corwin Waldron was honored as a Valedictorian for the graduating Game Art & Animation class of 2019. Valedictorians are recognized for their dedication to one’s study, and you can always count on their eagerness to exceed the status quo. They lead by example, and as a result, they prove themselves to be exemplary individuals cherished…

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AIE Alumni Spotlight: Talon Grijalva

Talon Grijalva (Game Art & Animation) was honored with the AIE Legacy Award for the graduating class in 2019. The Legacy Award recognizes an individual’s impact that they have left at AIE and will continue to bring with them into the industry. Those who have earned the Legacy Award have proven themselves to be especially…

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AIE to Host Player Feedback Panel at PAX West 2019

About the Panel Everyone has ideas for how to make their favorite games even better. Sometimes those ideas are great! And sometimes terrible. Sometimes there are no ideas, just anger, negative reviews, down-votes, and memes that make us cry. How do developers listen to all this different kind of player feedback? How can players give…

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What Is Minor Production?

If you’re new to how the Academy prepares for group projects, you’re in the right place. This is one of the many things that sets us apart from most colleges, and it’s something we especially take pride in. For many of the students, this will be their first foray into video game production. Roles on…

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Can I Get Into the Video Game Industry Without a Degree?

For someone seeking a career in the game industry, this is a common question. If you are standing at Point A, your current level of experience, and are looking towards Point B, your future job in the game industry, you are likely asking, “What’s the best way to get there?” You are going to need…

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Seattle Graduation Ceremony

To celebrate our new grads, Nathan Camp (2015 AIE alumnus, Industrial Light & Magic) visited all the way from California to give a speech. Once an aspiring actor, Nathan was able to his passion for film at AIE Seattle, under the tutelage of Vic Bonilla, the instructor for 3D Animation & VFX for Film program.…

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AIE Student Placement Specialist Honored in Game Advocacy’s 50 Over 50 List

Cami Smith, our specialist in Industry Relations and Student Placement, has been honored in Game Advocacy’s 50 Over 50 list. Originally created by the former IGDA executive director, Kate Edwards, the 50 Over 50 list takes a stand on ageism in the video game industry. “For this initial, experimental project, a Google form was created…

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IGDA Baton Rouge Showcase

IGDA Baton Rouge Showcase featured games from AIE Lafayette students, as well as some from Louisiana State University. The IGDA Baton Rouge Showcase also had a guest speaker, Marc Aubanel (Need for Speed Underground, Marvel Nemesis, Sanctuary). Here are some of the games that were showcased at the event from Team AIE Lafayette: The year…

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Why Mentors Are So Important

You’re at a point in your life where you know exactly what you would like to do as a career. You’re probably wondering: What comes next? Whether you have chosen AIE as your college, having a mentor at your side along the way is crucial to your career development. Identifying a mentor(s) in the early…

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What Are the Most Sought-After Skills in the VFX Industry

The VFX (visual effects) industry looks for more than an animation education and a decent portfolio. Technical skills learned at school must be added to softer, business-world skills and then combined into a stellar application, portfolio and that showcases individual creativity. We’re going to look at what some of those technical skills are, but before…

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A Tour Inside Valve Headquarters

Our students had the opportunity to get an inside look at the legendary Valve Corp Headquarters, the studio that has brought us the Half-Life series, and the distribution platform, Steam. Kelly Cline and Mike Belzer, who were our guides for our group throughout the tour, showed Valve’s state of the art motion-capture room, sound design…

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Artcade Shows How to Really Have Fun During a Storm

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Lafayette once again hosted Artcade! The fifth annual Artcade event took place on May 11th with a wide array of local game developers, artists, and film exhibitors. However, this year the event location was not at the Lafayette Science Museum where it’s been previously held. This year, Artcade was…

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iFEST: When Gaming & Learning Collide

Once again, the city of Seattle was fired up for iFEST (Indie Game Festival), which was held at the Seattle Center Armory and hosted by The Academy of Interactive Entertainment. AIE has partnered up with over 40 indie game studios allowing them to exhibit a booth to promote their games in the busy Seattle Center…

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Seattle Graduation Ceremony 2019 Information

Come celebrate passion and dedication with us! Our Graduation Ceremony introduces the next generation of Game Developers, 3D Artists, Animators, and VFX Artists. Please join us at the SIFF Cinema Uptown to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Date: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 Time: 1pm-3pm Place: SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109…

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10 Games in 3 Days: Year 1’s Alphabet Game Jam

10 games in 3 days? How is that even possible?! In a game jam, anything is possible! When you are well-equipped with the top-tier tools and a studio environment with a creative team, you’d be surprised how easy it is to churn out 10 games in 3 days. About the Alphabet Jam This is the…

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Diversity Collective+ Speed Mentoring & Roundtable Event

Promotional imagery created by Ashley Rivas. Our sponsored hosts for the third-ever DC+ event was none other than our friends at Amazon. We are so grateful for their support and contributions to help continue Seattle’s goal of diversity and industrious innovation. Our gracious hosts provided the perfect space for the occasion – in their clean…

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