Southeastern's New Media & Animation program again cited as one of best in the South, nation
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
by: Rene Abadie
CREATING IN 3-D – Nicholas Guillory of Slidell, a Southeastern Louisiana University senior majoring in New Media and Animation, uses the visual art lab’s new Oculus Rift headset in a virtual reality project he is developing while art Professor John Valentino checks his work on a monitor. Southeastern’s New Media and Animation program has been rated for the fourth consecutive year by Animation Career Review as one of the top animation and game design schools in the United States and the Southern region.
HAMMOND – The New Media and Animation program at Southeastern Louisiana University
has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year by Animation Career Review as
one of the top animation and game design schools in the United States and the Southern
Initiated in response to regional workforce demands in recent years and only a few years ago in the university’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the program was ranked 15th in the South and 47th nationwide by the web site.
“This honor once again affirms the superb work being generated by the students and faculty in this dynamic segment of our art and design unit,” said Ken Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “It is recognition that is highly deserved.”
Professor John Valentino said the computer studios and other equipment available – including the addition of virtual reality equipment used in gaming and other art forms -- are among the best, providing students with valuable experience that easily translates into workforce skills. The program, he said, combines artistic talent with technical proficiency.
ACR formulates its rankings by taking into account academic reputation, feedback from industry firms on the programs they value highly, the depth and breadth of the program, and geographic proximity to the industry’s leading firms. Also considered is the value of the program as it relates to tuition and indebtedness. The full review of the top programs in the South can be found at www.animationcareerreview.com.