Full Sail to Sponsor and Present at the Institute of Urban Game Design Summit in Washington, DC

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Full Sail Real World Education will sponsor and present to over 2,000 high school students and their parents at the 2006 Institute of Urban Game Design Summit in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 11, 2006.

Full Sail Real World Education will sponsor and present to over 2,000 high school students and their parents at the 2006 Institute of Urban Game Design Summit in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 11, 2006.

The Institute of Urban Game Design (IUGD), working in conjunction with the DC Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), will host its first annual “Hot Careers in Technology” summit. The theme will focus on the new and emerging technology that will embrace jobs in the future such as video game development, robotics, and nanotechnology. High school students from the entire Washington, DC area have been invited to participate in this event.

Full Sail, along with other top universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California (USC), and DeVry University will each be speaking on the topic of “Game Design and Hot Careers in Technology.” Following each school’s presentation, students will be able to visit “breakout” sessions where they will learn more about each university, including Full Sail’s award-winning curriculum and Game Development degree program.

The IUGD consists of two separate but related game development programs that provide instruction to over five hundred students in the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. The program began in November 2005 and will run for 20 consecutive weeks until April 2006. Since September, the IUGD has received national media attention including: NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Washington Post and USA Today.

Currently, as of Spring 2006, there are approximately 200 students enrolled in Game Development as their selected technology major at the McKinley Technology High School, a new progressive technology high school in Washington, DC.

“It is wonderful for Full Sail to be able to reach out to young adults at events such as this,” said Rob Catto, Full Sail Program Director for Game Development. “When you see a student excited about the opportunities in entertainment fields such as game design, you open a new world of possibility that they may have never known existed. Full Sail is honored to be a part of this summit and we look forward to sharing our expertise on the careers and degree offerings available in this industry.”

The sponsorship money Full Sail provided for this event will go to purchasing new A/V equipment for the McKinley School and will be featured in the McKinley Gymnasium.

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With over 20,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour five out of the last five years. Full Sail's 91-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from all 50 states and 37 countries worldwide. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Design & Development, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.

Students experience a “real world” education, with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day, and a 24-hour round the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the “Most Innovative Program” Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Full Sail has also been named one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1) and New York University (No. 2); Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world; Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Full Sail one of the “Best Music Programs” in the country, in addition to one of the “Best Music Business Departments” in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, and UNleashed Magazine has just named Full Sail one of the Best Film Programs in the country.

For more information, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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