Full Sail University Student Announced as Webby Award Winner

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Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) student, James Rydesky, was named as the winner in the 2nd Annual Webby-In-Motion contest, presented by the Webby Awards.

Full Sail University Student, James Rydesky

James proved his understanding in these areas and produced an incredible piece for his submission. We are all extremely proud of his efforts.

Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) student, James Rydesky, was named as the winner in the 2nd Annual Webby-In-Motion contest, presented by the Webby Awards.

The contest offered the opportunity to create a video introduction for one of the ten categories being presented at the 12th Annual Webby Awards Ceremony on June 10 in New York City. Rydesky won in the Connections Category and was also selected as the grand prize winner among the ten finalists.

Rydesky's submission focused on the duel meaning for the term "connections". In his twenty-second video, literal and personal connections created through the Internet were showcased in each scene. "This contest seemed like a great opportunity to showcase my abilities in the medium of motion graphics," said Rydesky. "I had a strong desire to win this contest, which helped me to create the quality of work that I have."

Webby-In-Motion is a collaborative contest presented by Adobe and The Webby Awards. The contest inspires creative and talented designers to produce new and engaging interactive experiences.

"Full Sail's Digital Arts & Design program teaches students to merge technical and aesthetic elements and create something new and exciting," said Bill Galbreath, Program Director for Digital Arts & Design and Graphic Design, Full Sail University. "James proved his understanding in these areas and produced an incredible piece for his submission. We are all extremely proud of his efforts."

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 550 members. Winners will be honored at two New York City ceremonies: The Webby Film and Video Awards will be held on June 9th with Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock as the emcee, and The 12th Annual Webby Awards on June10th featuring Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live as the host.

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 27,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 180-acre campus proudly welcomes over 6,000 students from 50 states and 47 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of thirteen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology (online) and Entertainment Business (online and on-campus).

Students on-campus experience a real world education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the Most Innovative Program Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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