Meet Animation and Games Industry Pros at Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD Launch Event Feb. 1, 2014

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Free event, which includes films and an “indie” game panel, recognizes new programs at San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design.

Meet industry pros during a series of talks and workshops Feb. 1 that mark the launch of new game and animation programs being offered through the newly-formed Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD, part of NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD). Featured panelists include James Cunningham, who has directed 11 award-winning short films and previously worked as technical director on The Lord of the Rings at Weta Digital Ltd.; Game Developer David March of Spidermonk Entertainment and acclaimed Concept Artist Justin Sweet, whose projects have included the Narnia films. A panel on “indie” games – featuring designers with ties to Juggernaut Games, Appy Entertainment and Women in Games International - and film presentations will round out the event.

The event, which is free and open to the public, marks the launch of new programs in animation, game art and game programming through Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD/NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Both March and Cunningham are instructors at Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, a leading school in animation and games with a pool of talent that has contributed to blockbuster films such as Avatar, King Kong and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The new programs offered at NSAD are the result of curriculum development collaborations with Media Design School.

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to join throughout the day.
What: Launch of new programs in animation and games at Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD/NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD).
Who: Meet and mingle with animation and game industry pros, and Linda Sellheim, Director of the Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD.
Where: San Diego’s downtown East Village neighborhood – a historic warehouse space known as the Wonderbread Building at 131 14th Street.
How: Free and open to the public. Registration required. Updated agenda information available at:
In addition, an industry-only special event is planned for Jan. 31. Please contact Anna Cearley at acearley(at)newschoolarch(dot)edu for more information.

Highlights of the Feb. 1 program, include:

  • Exclusive VIP Preview: Celebrated filmmaker James Cunningham will show an exclusive VIP preview of his latest film, “Over the Moon,” and discuss how it was made with 15 students from the Media Design School. The film, which includes epic space battles and other remarkable visuals, tells the story of comic book heroine Connie Radar attempting to prevent the first moon landing. It is scheduled to be publicly released March 2014 at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose California.
  • International Game Developers: Game developer/3D Artist/Animator David March, who is Art Manager at Spidermonk Entertainment, and a senior game art lecturer at Media Design School in New Zealand, will speak about opportunities and trends in the game industry. Over the past 15 years he has worked on many AAA titles across multiple platforms as an accomplished 3D Artist and Animator, and he has worked at global companies such as Crytek in Germany and 2K Games in Australia.
  • Launching an Indie Game: A panel discussion on what it takes to launch an “indie” game will feature a lineup of game developers who have developed or contributed to the dynamic local game scene from companies and organizations such as Juggernaut Games, Appy Entertainment and Women in Games International.
  • A Drawing Workshop: Acclaimed Concept Artist and Illustrator Justin Sweet worked with George Martin on his series, Game of Thrones, and also on the Narnia films, Green Lantern, and Magic: The Gathering. Among his recognitions include a Gold Winner for Concept Art in the Spectrum Fantastic Art 19, Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist (2005) and a Chelsey Award nomination in the category of Best Product Illustration for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
  • Autodesk Spacesuit Project: Learn how NSAD’s Digital Arts instructors and students applied creative ingenuity and 3D printing to develop a life-sized spacesuit for an Autodesk game character. Autodesk is one of the largest software companies in the world that creates software used to make CG films and games along with software for architecture and engineering.

About Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD
The Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD prepares students to succeed in global design fields through an emphasis on industry connections, international experience and interdisciplinary studies. The Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD curriculum has been developed through collaborations between NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) in San Diego and Media Design School in Auckland, which is New Zealand’s most-awarded higher education institution for digital and creative technology qualifications. The Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD builds on these global credentials by offering through NSAD a Bachelor of Arts in Animation, a Bachelor of Arts in Game Art, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Game Programming. Interdisciplinary opportunities at NSAD are available through the school’s architecture, construction management, interior design and product design programs. Both NSAD and Media Design School are part of the Laureate International Universities network.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design.
Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. The school’s programs include architecture, construction management, product design and interior design. The school also offers programs in digital media arts, game art, game programming and animation. For the past two years, DesignIntelligence has ranked NSAD among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States in its publication “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.” The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally, and NSAD students are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with award-winning schools around the world such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

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