As I begin my new journey as Head of School; Seattle Campus at Academy of Interactive Entertainment, I am thoroughly amazed by the type of students we educate.
Since my arrival, I have toured the classrooms assimilating myself to the undergraduates. This has allowed me to learn the culture of our classrooms and see the interaction with the curriculum. Passion, conscientiousness and strive for perfection is so apparent. Rigor and creatively fill the classroom and is illustrated in the work that is produced. Many traditional college settings I have worked in, find the students dragging themselves into a class and dreaming of when the day will end. At AIE, the day ends at 6pm and students have to be requested to leave. They are focused in their work and portfolio trying to achieve that perfect shading, art stroke, or code that makes their creation flawless.
On a larger scale the industry reflects this passion, personality and perseverance. Many indie games and digital films strive for that innovative, ultimate creation. As Andy Serkis (better known as Gollum in Lord of the Rings) states, “Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre”. It is invigorating and exciting to work with instructors and students who radiate the passion of creativity and strive for perfection in their craft.