Autodesk Provides Free Training Modules for Mobile Game Creation;
Announces New Certification Program for Softimage Instructors
LOS ANGELES, Jul 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has released three new
training modules as part of the Autodesk
Animation Academy 2011 curriculum* for secondary schools. The
modules provide students with tools and a curriculum to help develop the
skills needed to create mobile game applications. Separately, Autodesk
has also announced new instructor certification for Autodesk
Softimage software, as well as a new cost-effective
cross-certification program for trainers wanting to teach multiple
Entertainment Creation (DEC) products.
New Autodesk Animation Academy Training Modules
The three new Animation Academy modules provide students with an easy
learning path to help master 3D tools for interactive content creation.
The modules are designed to be used with Academy Award-winning Autodesk
Maya software, and focus on storytelling and game creation using
game engine and Maya Cloth and Fur. The modules add 180 hours of free
training material to the Animation Academy program, which now comprises
four full semesters of coursework.
- Environmental Storytelling -- Students learn to model an
environment inspired by an historical event. A character model is
included along with an overview of the pipeline for mobile game
- Game Creation -- Students learn how to create a game with the
assets created in the Environmental Storytelling module. They can
export their level and props directly into the Unity3D game engine.
- Ricky 2.0 Superhero -- Pre-existing modules in the series enable
students to hone their animation skills based around a unique
character named "Ricky the Rat." In this newest character module,
students learn how to use Maya Cloth and Fur.
This new material extends Autodesk's latest postsecondary
games curriculum, which was released in March 2010. All curricula
created for the Autodesk Animation Academy are now available on the
Education Community, where students and educators can also download
free** copies of Autodesk Maya, Autodesk
3ds Max, Autodesk Softimage, Autodesk
Mudbox and Autodesk
SketchBook Pro software.
Carl Callewaert, Lead 3D Instructor at The Gaming and Animation
Institute of Fredericton and Director of Animation at Measurand, a
motion capture company, worked with Autodesk to co-develop the new game
"I have been teaching Autodesk technology for over 10 years, and I was
eager to extend my experience teaching college-level game design to high
school students," said Callewaert. "These new courses provide students
with the building blocks for creating their own game, a valuable
knowledge base that will help prepare them for future real-world job
opportunities and further studies in the game development field."
Callewaert adds: "Autodesk has done a great job in making this
curriculum and their tools accessible to high school students. Any
student can download a free copy of Maya software and begin to create
games immediately -- it's that easy."
For more information about Autodesk Animation Academy and the new 2011
curriculum modules, please visit Autodesk at booth #500 during the
SIGGRAPH Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, or download
the new modules online.
New Autodesk Certified Instructor Programs
Certified Instructor (ACI) program -- offering coaching, mentoring
and accreditation services for instructors teaching Autodesk software --
is now available to instructors of Autodesk Softimage software.
Qualified program candidates will receive an ACI Workbook along with
access to downloadable training guides and online courses to help
prepare for three online certification tests. After the exams are
completed, candidates are required to attend and pass a three-day
observational assessment seminar to qualify as an ACI.
A new, cost-effective cross-certification program helps trainers
certified in 3ds Max, Maya, Autodesk
Lustre or Autodesk
Smoke software apply for certification on other Autodesk DEC
products by passing the application-specific certification exams, all
without having to participate in another training workshop.
For more information about Autodesk training opportunities, visit www.autodesk.com/ACI.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk
continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software
to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are
built. Fortune 100 companies -- as well as the last 15 Academy Award
winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software
tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and
money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive advantage.
For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
*The curriculum terms and conditions are available at http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=legal.
** The software is subject to the terms and conditions of the
end-user license agreement that accompanies the software.
Autodesk, Flame, Lustre, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, SketchBook,
Smoke, Softimage and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA
and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademarkof
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names,
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specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not
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SOURCE: Autodesk, Inc.
Brittany Bonhomme, 416-874-8798
for Autodesk, Inc.
Karen Raz, 310-450-1482