Producing the Esports Experience


    Photo courtesy of the School of Communications & Media Technologies.

    It’s been a year and some change since the ArtU Esports program at Academy of Art University made its debut, and the collaboration between the Schools of Communications & Media Technologies (COM) and Game Development (GAM) are taking their Esports endeavor a step further with a new class on production.

    Students enrolled in The Esports Experience will learn the skills needed to be an asset in a rising gaming industry. Production aspects of Esports, from broadcasting to staging on big tournament and on an at-home solo streaming levels, make up the core of the class, but course leads Steven Kotton, COM associate director, and Michael Witzel, technology coordinator, anticipate students will walk away with skills beyond what’s listed on the syllabus.

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    Animation in Motion

    On Dec. 12, Academy of Art University Principles of Animation instructor Dave Facchini brought in visual effects and lighting specialist Ray Gilberti to provide advice to students and feedback for the class’ final film review. Gilberti is a film industry veteran with 27 years of experience beginning with his work on Dragonslayer for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), with whom he worked for 23 of those years.

    Gilberti has worked on massive feature films including Star Wars Episode I, Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Planet of the Apes. Now he is retired, but occasionally works on independent films, including a 25-minute stop motion short film slated for pre-production in 2019, called Crickets Would Sing.

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    School of Industrial Design Grad Designs Exterior for 2018 Jeep Wrangler

    Steve Goodrich started doodling pictures of cars and trucks as a little boy growing up in Vermont. It was a practice he continued in high school—he was the guy who was always drawing while taking notes in class. Goodrich is still sketching vehicles today. But now his designs are featured in real cars, including the exterior of the 2018 Jeep Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Wrangler, which was unveiled to the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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    Modern Day ‘Mad Man’ Thrives on Mentoring Advertising Students

    In his more than two decades in advertising, Academy of Art University alumnus and instructor Terry Jones has built a portfolio of high-profile clients Mad Men’s Don Draper would envy. Just a few examples include GMC Trucks, Buick and Cadillac, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, the Walt Disney Corporation, California Lottery, AARP and General Mills. But Jones claims he wasn’t set on a career in advertising when he enrolled at the Academy. The award-winning creative director half-jokes that advertising chose him.

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    Talent on Display

    School of Graphic Design graduates’ final portfolios and thesis projects were packed with innovative, unique ideas at 2017 Winter Show


    Photo by Bob Toy.

    Over 30 combined B.F.A. and M.F.A. recent graduates from the School of Graphic Design at Academy of Art University showcased a bright variety of final portfolio and thesis projects for the department’s annual Winter Show, on Monday, Dec. 18. The show, which was held at the Atelier Gallery, served as a conversational setting for the new alumni to showcase and discuss their work with family, friends and industry professionals, some of whom were fellow alums.

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    Human Stories From the Streets


    School of Photography alumnus GyuHo Park stands with his photographs at his recent exhibit, Dreamers. Photo by Alex Madison.

    As of January 2017, there were 7,499 homeless people living on the streets of San Francisco, according to the city. Anyone who travels along South Van Ness Avenue, or through the Mission and Tenderloin districts, walks past the homeless. Most people stroll along looking at their cell phones, continuing a conversation with a friend, or just simply not noticing the homeless at all.

    This is not the experience GyuHo Park expresses in his photography exhibit, Dreamers. Instead, his photographs evoke a different kind of experience. One that is up close and personal. One that brings humanity to the homeless population. One that tells their story.

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