AIE’s Sydney campus is undergoing a massive upgrade to educate the next generation of game and film developers. Stunning learning studios and start of the art equipment will enable AIE’s Sydney students to all be located at the one address and ready to take on the world for all courses commencing in February 2021.
AIE continues to invest in establishing creative learning environments as it builds six new dedicated studios for delivering game development, animation and visual effects education as part of the new campus. Student life will be enriched with new collaborative spaces, student lounges, VR and game-play zones.
“AIE’s Mountain St Campus is great.” said Vella Tudor-Brown, an AIE Animation student who has classes in both Sydney campuses. “It’s a nice place to study because it feels inviting and creative as well as being close to shops and transport” she said.
AIE’s Sydney campus is located right at the heart of Sydney’s growing games precinct being across the road from Game Plus and around the corner from Wargaming Sydney and Ubisoft. A new lecture space will be unveiled in January 2021 below Game Plus to facilitate lectures, industry talks and game showcase and testing opportunities.
AIE Sydney Head of School, Neil Boyd said there is a great creative energy about AIE Sydney’s new campus. “I’m excited having everyone in the same space and the opportunities that this ignites” said Neil.
There are also big plans for the ground floor of the campus which will include the creation of a 200 seat auditorium, state of the art virtual studio LED wall completed with motion tracking and performance capture, a similar setup to that used by Disney for the acclaimed The Mandalorian series. Staff spaces on level 4 of the campus are being expanded to build new collaborative and cross-disciplinary opportunities.
AIE Sydney was established in 2008 in Ultimo’s Wentworth Park Grandstand and was originally co-sited with BigWorld, which later become Wargaming Sydney. This unique location suited both organisations which soon outgrew their space and expanded into dedicated premises closer to Broadway.