From Production Artist to Educator: Preparing for the Change

Monday, 11 August 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building, Ballroom A

From Production Artist to Educator: Preparing for the Change

Over the last decade, several paradigm shifts in the computer graphics industry have fundamentally changed the nature of employment and career stability. No longer can a CGI artist expect a career path as a full-time employee for a single company for an extended period of time. Globalization, tax-incentive programs, lack of artist protections or organization, tightening budgets, unrealistic production expectations, the ubiquitous nature of high-end graphics software, and the rise in computational power and data storage, at lower relative cost, have all contributed to a marketplace that is open primarily to a younger, more agile and mobile workforce.

For both professional and personal reasons, many veterans of the production world have begun considering a career shift into the scholarly realm of higher education.

This panel features former Industrial Light + Magic senior artists whose names grace the credit lists of some of the most well-known visual effects movies in history. Some now teach various VFX and CGI topics, while others serve as chairs of their programs. Some are supervising training at large facilities, consulting about curriculum design, conducting scholarly research, or lecturing in the US and abroad. All have been active in SIGGRAPH over the years, and one is a former Conference Chair.

This is an opportunity for attendees to evaluate whether they have the right stuff and are ready for a career move into higher education.

Ed Kramer
The Art Institute of Colorado

John Andrew Berton, Jr.
Drexel University

Vince de Quattro
Independent Instructional Designer

Tad Leckman
Academy of Art University, Blizzard Entertainment

Terrence Masson
Northeastern University

Tim McLaughlin
Texas A&M University