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21-01-03, 00:02
Electronic Gaming Monthly, a widely circulated magazine covering the field of video games, ranked The Art Institutes national system of schools as having one of the "top five game-design degree programs in the world" in its January 2003 issue. This week, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh enrolled its first class of future game designers in a bachelor's degree in Game Art & Design.

Game Art & Design aims to bring a new generation of talent to the computer and video gaming industry, with 2001 sales that hit levels of $6.35 billion with 225 million units sold. According to the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association, 2002 sales are expected to reach between $10 and $12 billion.

The Art Institutes began offering Game Art and Design in Phoenix, with curriculum created under the careful analysis and direction of industry specialists. Professionals with work experience at Sega of America, Macromedia, Konami, Pixar, LucasArts, Sonique, PDI Dreamworks and Apple assisted in developing career-focused courses with emphasis in character development, visual storytelling, game design strategy, 3D animation and texture-mapping. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has responded to this industry demand by joining its sister schools in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Portland, Phoenix, Chicago, and Shaumburg in offering this degree program at its Pittsburgh campus and in the virtual classrooms of The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

"The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is thrilled to deliver this exciting new program to the region, not only because it has been developed based on the latest trends in the market," said George L. Pry, President of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. "But also because the demand for students and graduates have been proven at other schools in our system. Having the curriculum recognized as one of the top five degree programs of its kind in the world is an honor that just gives us additional reason to believe we are introducing a quality program to the Pittsburgh market."

The listing of top game schools is part of the article "Playing God," which covers steps that budding video game designers can take to get a job in the game development field. The article's "Video Game U" section features The Art Institutes in its listing of the five best schools. "The days of game designers who skipped higher education seem to be on the wane now that more and more schools...are offering game-development programs," writes EGM author David Kushner.

The multi-billion dollar gaming industry has been termed "a mega force in the new American economy" by the Interactive Digital Software Association. According to Forrester Research, approximately 49 million American homes have at least one video gaming system, with an anticipated 75 million homes expected to have a system by 2005. In 2002, more than 700 titles hit the market. "Games like Madden 2003, Lord of the Rings and Vice City are becoming the cultural benchmarks of our time," said Sharon McGuire, Academic Department Director for The Art Institute's new degree program. According to McGuire, graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level positions such as 2D conceptual artist, 3D character builder, interactivity designer, background artist, character animator and art director.

Potential students interested in Game Art & Design can apply for enrollment in the upcoming quarter, which begins April 7, 2003, by calling 1-800-275-2470 or visiting www.aip.aii.edu. (http://www.aip.aii.edu.)

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers bachelor's degree programs in Culinary Management, Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Media Production, Multimedia & Web Design and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics. Associate's degree programs are also offered in Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia & Web Design, Photography and Video Production. Twelve-month diploma programs are available in Digital Design, Residential Design, and Web Design. Game Art & Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia & Web Design programs are available online through The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The Art Institute is accredited by The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Art Institute of Pittsburgh also offers customized workforce training and non-degree professional development courses.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of 29 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management Corporation (www.edumgt.com) is among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America, with 43 primary campus locations in 26 major cities, and with approximately 44,000 students as of fall 2002. EDMC's education institutions offer doctoral, master's, bachelor's, associate's and non-degree programs concentrated in the creative and visual arts, the behavioral sciences and education fields. EDMC has provided career-oriented academic programs for 40 years, and its education institutions have more than 150,000 alumni.

21-01-03, 02:27
I feel i was born a few years to early... :(