MDC to inaugurate state-of-art animation and gaming complex

MDC to inaugurate state-of-art animation and gaming complex

Students in the intensive, hands-on two-year program will develop skills in modeling, lighting, motion, sound, and storytelling.

Miami Dade College (MDC) will inaugurate the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at the Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave. Building 8, on Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The first facility of its kind at a public higher education facility in Florida and one of only a handful nationally, MAGIC is essentially a replica of the facilities seen only at major motion picture studios.

MAGIC will strengthen and better position Miami as the new hub for the animation and game development industries, by providing an educational foundation to support these growing fields. Animation enthusiasts from all over the world, along with animation studios executives, top software gurus, artists, and others will convene at this one of a kind facility.

The Florida University System produces very few, if any, graduates in modeling, virtual environments, and simulations related degrees. As with many of its other program offerings, MDC will provide real solutions to address the nation’s most pressing workforce challenges. MAGIC will bridge the gap in affordability and accessibility by providing quality programming and the very best facilities at the fraction of the cost compared to private competitors. Facilities at MAGIC mimic the production pipeline from PIXAR Studios.

MAGIC will roll out an Associate in Science degree in Computer Programming and Analysis with concentrations in Animation and Game Art, or Game Development and Design. Students in the intensive, hands-on two-year program will develop skills in modeling, lighting, motion, sound, and storytelling, as well as gain command of the technical skills required in today’s highly competitive animation industry.

MAGIC also will host the acclaimed MIA Animation Conference and Festival this fall, an industry conference focused on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, film, Web design and visual arts. The gathering has been designed to be a forum for networking with a strong commitment to and emphasis on education while developing and nourishing new talent. Students, professionals and members of the community will participate in competitions such as Pitch-to-Industry an animation and gaming design competition and Game On, the first ever indie game competition, which encourages independent game development and fresh voices in the video game industry.

The inauguration of MAGIC will feature top national speakers, demonstrations and tours.

For more information, contact Chandra Ferrer at 305-237-7236 or by email at cferrer3@mdc.edu.


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