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Artcade Logo 2020 | AIE

Artcade June 20th 2020

Artcade is a FREE online event dedicated to promoting video game development, independent film and art unique to Acadiana. Artcade is presented by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.

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Open House April 2020 | AIE

AIE Open House – April 18th 2020

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. The Lafayette campus will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2018. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry as well as…

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Interactive Experience Day April 2019 | AIE

Interactive Experience Day – May 2nd 2020

AIE’s  Interactive Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops…

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Open House Feb 2020 | AIE

AIE Open House – February 8th 2020

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. Seattle and Lafayette campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2020. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry as well…

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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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Interactive Experience Day April 2019 | AIE

Interactive Experience Day – October 19th 2019

AIE’s  Interactive Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops…

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Open House November 2019 | AIE

AIE Open House – November 16th 2019

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. Seattle and Lafayette campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2019. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry as well…

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Game Jam 2020 | AIE

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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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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Cami Smith 50 50 list | AIE Student Placement Officer

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 03 | AIE

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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Artcade Shows How To Really Have Fun During A Storm 02 | AIE

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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Is Game Programming Right for Me

You might be a programmer when… Have you ever wondered what’s going on under the hood of the games and software tools you use? You might be a programmer! Perhaps you have learned a bit about programming, but you’re wondering whether to pursue it as a career. Let’s go over some ways you can explore…

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VFX Alumni Animates Mobile Augmented Reality Game

AIE USA is excited to announce that AIE Lafayette alumni Kristina Zavala (3D Animation & VFX for Film 2018 graduate) and Dana Nicholle (3D Animation & VFX for Film 2018 graduate) have joined the team at Blipd, an iOS developer in Sterling, Virginia. Kristine Zavala 2018 Alumna Dana Nicholle 2018 Alumna Both Kristina and Dana graduated…

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Interactive Experience Day April 2019 | AIE

Interactive Experience Day – April 13th 2019

AIE’s  Interactive Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops…

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Open House May 11 2019 | AIE

AIE Open House – May 11th 2019

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. The Lafayette campus will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2019. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry as well as…

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How to Find a Mentor in Game Development

You’re now at a point in your life where you know exactly what you would like to do as a career. You have done the pre-training to help you with admissions into college. Now what? Who will help direct you and make sure you do the right thing? It’s time to find a mentor. What…

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AIE Open House – March 9th 2019

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. The Lafayette and Seattle campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2018.

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PAX South 2019 | AIE

PAX South 2019

Stick a fork in PAX South 2019. It’s done! Thousands of gamers, button mashers, and cosplayers braved the brisk and icy winds of San Antonio to attend the fifth annual Penny Arcade Expo, otherwise known as PAX South. This year’s event was by far the largest yet in the near half a dozen times the…

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