An Evaluation of University Education as it Relates to the VFX, Animation, and Game Industries

Thursday, 14 August 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Rooms 109-110

This ever-changing digital age requires individuals with different perspectives to coalesce around ideas to create new techniques and paradigms that enable both academia and industry to thrive. The interdependency between education and industry is important for their mutual success. Maintaining a healthy relationship between education and industry is rooted in a strong understanding of each, specifically in regard to the roles and responsibilities in their own constituencies. Together, we can move away from viewing each organization as a separate piece and view tham all as a holistic unit. Developing the strengths and talents of each will ultimately contribute to their common goals.

This intelligent, spirited, creative, committed panel examines how education and industry can work together to unite their visions during this era of profound change.

Margaret Lomas Carpenter
Texas A&M University

Frederic Parke
Texas A&M University

Donald House
Clemson University

Jerry Tessendorf
Clemson University

Dave Walvoord
DreamWorks Animation

David Parrish
Reel FX, Inc.

Jack Stenner
University of Florida

Gracie Arenas Strittmatter

Michelle Robinson
Walt Disney Animation Studio