Sheridan Delegates Report on Their Experience at the Game Developer’s Conference

“It is now day 4 of the Game Developers conference in beautiful San Francisco (although not much time to take in the sights). Our team has been busy doing shifts at Sheridan’s booth and attending the conference. At booth 231 we’ve had good success attracting attendees to our booth, thanks to swag donated by the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology. It is strange swag in fact – screwdrivers, wind up flashlights and, the best, a leveler with a tape measure (we sell it as relevant to our game level design program). We’ve met a lot of people, including several alum who are happy to catch up and tell us their stories of life post-Sheridan.

The exhibition hall is chalk full of the latest and greatest technologies in gaming. Our team’s personal favorite is Oculus VR, 3D goggles that provide you with the experience of virtual reality. It senses your head orientation and the field of view is huge. It also makes people nauseous, but that’s a detail.

Last night was the Canadian party, which was by all accounts a great event, packed to the rafters with our friends and colleagues. One day to go before we head on home.”

– This report was sent from the exhibition floor in San Francisco by Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design

Laika Visits Sheridan College to Recruit Animators

“Betse Green, Recruitment Manager from the animation company Laika, paid a visit to Sheridan on March 12, 2013.  Sheridan has long been a destination on her list and we were very happy that she made a trip for us.  Laika has set up a formal College/University relations program, through which they will be hiring interns, including students who are returning to school and graduates.  Betse spoke to our 3rd and 4th year Bachelor of Animation students, as well as post graduate Computer Graphics students, and she held portfolio reviews with selected students.  Betse was looking for students showing interest in stop motion, Computer Graphics and story & design.  We hope that Betse and Laika will bring some Sheridan students on board soon as both interns and in permanent roles.  Betse had great feedback on our students and commented that they seemed eager, bright and very talented.  She was proud to bring back her notes to her Art Directors to review. ”

– This account was provided by Co-operative Education Adviser, Steven Khan.

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