The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is a non-profit educator established over a decade ago in Australia, which began opening up campuses throughout the states in 2009. Lafayette, La. was chosen as the second U.S. location, behind Seattle, because of its growing film and media industry to be a place to teach the next generation about the interactive entertainment industry.
The mission is to, “be a catalyst for growing the interactive entertainment and related industries, primarily, by producing industry-ready graduates through the provision of world class 3D animation and game development education.”
Students can choose to study 3D animation for film and television, game art and design, or game programming. The school is said to have a high rate of student satisfaction and graduate employment in addition to an extremely hands-on education in a studio-style environment.
There is an open house on May 19th for prospective students. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry, information about AIE full time and part time courses, and entry requirements for 2013-2014 applications. AIE’s Lafayette campus is located in the state-of-the-art LITE center, a hub for the next wave of technologies for use in the film, military, and medical industries.
The Academy will also host the free Independent Games Festival (iFEST) for independent game developers and fans on July 13th, 2013.
For more information, visit theaie.us.