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Seattle Graduation Ceremony - Academy of Interactive Entertainment

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. […]

Student Specialist Honored in 50 Over 50 List - Academy of Interactive Entertainment

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 […]

IGDA Baton Rouge Showcase - 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 […]

Why Are Mentors Important - AIE

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 […]

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

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 […]

A Tour Inside Valve Headquarters - AIE

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 […]

Artcade Shows How to Really Have Fun During a Storm - Academy of Interactive Entertainment

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 […]

iFEST When Gaming & Learning Collide - AIE

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 […]

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 […]

10 Games in 3 Days: Year 1's Alphabet Game Jam - AIE

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 […]