More than a dozen College of Art and Design Animation and Motion Media students traveled to the Microsoft Education Center in Burlington, Massachusetts for the annual New England Student Game Design Showcase with Assistant Professor Catriona Baker.
The group brought individual and team projects to the showcase, competing against 16 New England-area schools. The students' work was recognized by industry experts, with four projects winning "Best Animation." Recent grads Jess Brown’s “CROAK," 2018 Commencement student speaker Michael Talbot’s "Do Road!," and two collaborative projects "Rev.23" and "PermaDeath" all received awards.
The judges at the day’s showcase were Rob Curtin, executive director at Higher Education America, Microsoft Corp; Tim Loew, executive director at MassDiGI; Ryan Canuel, CEO of Petricore Inc.; William Collis, co-founder of Game Sensei; Kevin Mitchell, director of business development and strategic intelligence for National Amusements (the parent company for Viacom, CBS, and Showcase Cinemas); and Emma Clarkson, producer at Game Industry.
"I am very proud of the students who took advantage of the opportunity to meet and engage with peers from the 16 New England schools,” Baker says. "The students asked excellent questions, and they tested out a variety of games and animations that were made by other students from this past year."