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AIE | Free Online Workshop

FREE AIE Online Workshops

The AIE presents another live online workshop next week, Thursday 21st April. Ryan Ware, Lead Screen Art teacher, will be leading the special two part workshop on “Introduction to Renderman.” To register for these workshops, please refer to the end of the article.   These AIE Online workshops aim to provide basic to intermediate levels…

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AIE | Video Games | Indigenous Students

Video game created by indigenous students to promote maths and science education

In March this year, AIE teamed up with AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) to mentor 18 Indigenous Year 9 students through the game development process. Students were tasked with creating a game that would promote science and maths education in schools, in an interactive and engaging way.   Four teams were mentored by AIE Game…

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AIE | VR | Opaque Media Placements

Opaque Media Group Student Placements

Earthlight, is a virtual reality (VR) game set in space, working with Unreal Engine 4 and HTC Vive technologies. Curious? AIE students from Melbourne campus have been working with Opaque Media Group on this cool project. Let’s find out more… Mitchell (2nd year Design student) Christiaan and Mikey (2nd year Game Art) developed a game…

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AIE Game Art | 48 Hour Challenge | Maya | Autodesk

48 Hour Space Station Corridor – Breakdown

48HR SPACE STATION CORRIDOR Jake Higgs and kyle Chin Introduction Hello, my name is Jake Higgs and I’m one of the first year game art teachers here at AIE. Together with fellow AIE alumni Kyle Chin we decided to challenge ourselves to develop an environment in 48 hours using the techniques shown in the DDO…

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AIE Teacher | Mike Cooper

Teacher Profile: Mike Cooper

The newest member of AIE Adelaide’s teaching staff, Mike Cooper arrives after years working at some of Australia’s best known games development houses.   And, in addition to his time spent working at RAtbag Games and Krome Studios, he also boasts a Ph.D in Physical Oceanography, of all things.   Mike’s just started his first…

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AIE | Game Design | Industry Trends 2016

11 Industry Trends for Game Design Students to Watch in 2016

We ask our expert Game Design teachers to predict the future. 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for games with the launch of consumer VR headsets, the maturation of current consoles, the resurgence of the local Australian indie scene, and the ever-diminishing barrier to entry for game development. But what are…

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AIE | Game Art | Techniques | 3D Concept Art

Discover new techniques in 3D concept art

Our upcoming online workshop on 3D concept art is a great introduction to a new industry technique.   Hosted by Sydney art teacher Oliver Cook, the 3D Concept Art in Zbrush workshop sees Oliver concepting creatures and characters in Zbrush.   Participants will learn about a new cutting edge technique as they see how 3D…

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AIE Teacher | Dean Finnigan

Teacher Profile: Dean Finnigan

With a career spanning nearly twenty years working on hit games and movies such as Fable, L.A. Noire and Legend of the Guardians, Dean Finnigan brings a huge amount of experience to AIE. Now a 3D Animation teacher at AIE’s Sydney campus, Dean [pictured above, second from the left, at our recent Graduate Showcase event]…

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AIE | Holiday Hours 2015

AIE Holiday Hours

AIE will be taking a short break over the new year period to recharge for 2016.   Our campuses will close from Friday, December 18, and re-open on Monday, January 4.   We will be checking email regularly during this period, so please get in touch if you need to contact us. Please bear in…

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AIE | Graduate Showcase | Industry

Graduate Showcases connect AIE students with industry

Second-year students had the opportunity to impress dozens of industry professionals at the AIE Graduate Showcase.   Held simultaneously across the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra campuses, the Graduate Showcase sees students present their final year projects and showreels to representatives from Australia’s top animation and games studios.   The goal of the showcase is to…

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AIE | Game Art | Film | Games and Film Careers

Art and animation students kick off their careers before graduation

AIE would like to congratulate our new art and animation graduates who have already secured themselves jobs in the industry. With graduation ceremonies being held around the country this week, an impressive five Screen and Media students and three Game Art and Animation students, all from the Sydney campus, have lined up employment at some…

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AIE | PAX | 38 AIE Games

38 AIE games shown at PAX Aus

The showfloor of PAX Aus 2015 was packed full of games made by AIE students, staff and alumni.   A total of 38 games exhibited at the show over the weekend of October 30 to November 1 in Melbourne were developed by AIE teams.   The AIE Incubator Program, which supports graduates to create their…

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AIE | PAX | How To Demo Your Game

Prepping for PAX: How to demo your game

With PAX Aus just a few weeks away, we asked two experts for their tips on how to get the most out of exhibiting a game at a consumer show. Micheal Muirden is from Siege Sloth Games, one of dozens of AIE Incubator and student teams showing at PAX this year. Micheal has been instrumental…

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AIE | PS4 Dev-Kits

AIE takes delivery of PlayStation 4 development kits

AIE students will be able to sharpen their PlayStation 4 skills following the arrival of PS4 development kits at our Australian campuses.   The Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide campuses will each receive a PS4 dev kit, granting students a crucial advantage in their preparation to join the industry.   “The benefit of students having…

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AIE | 3D Animation | How to Make a Portfolio

How to perfect your 3D animation portfolio

Dragonborn by Anarkhy on Sketchfab Your showreel is the key to getting a job in the industry. We asked AIE Screen teacher Kim Allen to share his expert knowledge on getting the most out of your portfolio…   When should students start thinking about their portfolio? Students should be thinking about their portfolio’s from the…

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AIE Teacher | Dave Scotland

Teacher Profile: Dave Scotland

Dave Scotland teaches Game Art and Animation at AIE’s Canberra campus. With over 14 years of CG production knowledge and experience, he’s worked for some of the biggest clients in the entertainment industry including Disney, Warner Bros. Plastic Wax and Liquid Animation. He started out, in production, as a 3D Animator and Technical Director before…

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AIE | Game Design | What Is A Game Designer

What is game design and what does a game designer do?

Game design is the art of crafting experiences, says AIE second-year game design teacher Jennifer Scheurle. We asked her to share her expertise on crafting an experience, and the processes of designing and prototyping a game.   You said that game design is about crafting experiences. But what do you mean by that? As a…

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AIE | Code Camp | Kids Make Their Own Games

Code and Game Camps inspire kids to make their own games

Children aged eight to 15 years old got a taste of what it’s like to design and program for games during the Game and Code Camps held at AIE Adelaide last week. The Game Camp was designed by Karl Cizakowsky and run on the day by Adam Bailey, both game design instructors from AIE’s Adelaide…

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AIE | Job Creation Centre | Canberra

AIE’s vision of a new innovation and job creation centre for Canberra

Today AIE submitted a detailed business case for the creation of a new innovation and job creation centre as a key part of the Watson Educational Precinct in partnership with the ACT Government. We are seeking to build our Canberra base into a large scale hub of learning and job creation. AIE’s vision is to…

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AIE Adelaide | Teaching Staff

AIE Adelaide Teaching Staff

If there is one thing that all AIE campuses have in common, it is the quality of the incredibility talented and experienced teachers that lead and mentor our students. AIE’s newest campus in Adelaide is certainly no exception to this rule.   AIE Adelaide’s fearless leader is none other than, Robin Potanin. Robin has experienced…

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AIE | Game Programming | Interview with a Programmer

Interview With A Programmer

Programmers are rarely praised or acknowledged; you’ll find them out the back, working away at the code and trying to fix those bugs. The thing is; programmers are the brains of the operation. So, we thought we would take a look at programming life with who better than AIE Alumni, James Gale!   AIE caught…

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AIE | Wicked Witch Software | Placement

Melbourne students on placement at Wicked Witch

Over the summer holidays, AIE Melbourne organised for numerous students to embark on a two-week placement at Wicked Witch. We caught up with a few of those students to find out more about their experience, how it came about and what advice they would give to students and colleagues trying to break into the industry.…

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AIE | Global Game Jam | 2015

Global Game Jam on this weekend

Global Game Jam (GGJ) 2015 is on this weekend and AIE students and staff are preparing themselves to develop amazing games for this world-wide event. Last year the GGJ was held in 488 locations, in over 72 countries and created more than 4000 games. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger!   If…

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AIE Incubator | Stormworm

AIE Incubator students new game: Stormworm

Stormworm – Inspired by the retro game snake, AIE Incubator students decided to revisit a classic game and re-envision it in 3D! Slither around the planets as if you are stuck in a Tron like universe, eat until your hearts content and avoid your tail – easy right? Wrong! The Stormworm team who are working…

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