September 20, 2007

Savannah College of Art and Design Holds smART Careers Outlook Roundtable Today

Savannah, Ga. - Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is launching its first smART Careers Outlook roundtable with academic and industry thought leaders from the interactive design and gaming field. The group will debate industry trends and the impact on education and employment. 
The first smART Careers Outlook roundtable takes place: 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Sept. 20, via a telephone conference and WebEx Session (phone 888.659.3053, enter passcode 58176210).
Involved in the event are:             
Peter Weishar, SCAD’s dean of the School of Film and Digital Media --With more than 20 years of experience as a professional artist, art director and animator, Weishar instructs students on the intersection of art with new, cutting-edge technologies. 
Brenda Brathwaite, game designer and SCAD Interactive Design and Game Development professor -- Brathwaite is an award-winning game designer with 22 published commercial titles and more than 25 years of experience in the game development industry. She is a recognized expert on adult content in video games and the emerging Web 3.0. 
Bryan Godwin, senior art director, Electronic ArtsGodwin, a SCAD graduate, now develops and directs concepts for new Internet Protocol (IP) for a variety of game platforms. 
Scott Howard, network game product manager, Nokia -- Howard works with game developers from around the globe helping design and shape Nokia N-Gage’s connected game experiences and community development. 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, growth of software publishing, which includes video game design, will expand by 68 percent between 2002 and 2012. Consistent industry growth (revenue from computer games now exceeds that of the Hollywood box office) has fueled high demand for trained professionals and revealed a need for knowledge and insight into career opportunities. SCAD’s creative, comprehensive academic curriculum prepares strong talent for accelerated career advancement in the field.