Autodesk AliasStudio Software Helps OCAD Students Enrich Culture, Economy and
Everyday Lives through Design
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
has invested in 95 seats of Autodesk AliasStudio software, a complete software
solution for the creative design process. Second year industrial design
students and faculty will be introduced to the software during the 2006/2007
school year. As Canada's largest university for art and design, OCAD has
teamed with Autodesk to help today's students realize their creative and
innovative design ideas. Established in 1876, OCAD strives to provide more
depth and breadth in visual arts and design programs than any school of its
kind in Canada. In choosing AliasStudio software for their curriculum, OCAD
worked with iDesign Solutions, Inc., a value-added Autodesk education reseller
of design and entertainment software.
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Autodesk and OCAD have a long history. Autodesk's AutoCAD software, an
industry-standard 2D design and drafting application, has been an essential
part of the suite of software applications offered in computer labs on campus
at OCAD for ten years. With the goal of further improving the role of
technology in design, OCAD decided to introduce Autodesk AliasStudio software
(www.autodesk.com/aliasstudio) to closely integrate student designers with the
tools they for require shape definition and communication processes.
"Already deeply invested and devoted to AutoCAD software in our
environmental design program, OCAD was looking to offer all design students a
well-suited, comprehensive solution," explains Michael Desjardins, Laptop
Program Manager, OCAD. "With the help of Autodesk solutions, we are improving
technology in the design process - from initial ideation, sketching and
illustration through to annotation and dynamic presentation. Our students
leave OCAD as professionals, fully trained and ready to enter the workforce."
OCAD's most recent adoption of Autodesk AliasStudio software will support
OCAD's unique student laptop ownership program. This program encourages
industrial, interior and environment design students to purchase hardware and
software applications at the beginning of the school term. Individual
ownership of these tools not only stimulates learning throughout the year but
arms students with tools they can use after graduation, better preparing them
"The laptop program gives OCAD students an enriched learning experience,
avoiding the restrictions of traditional computer lab environments. The
student experience is improved even further by accessibility to leading
industrial design software, allowing staff and students to focus on the
conceptual aspects of design with the tools to facilitate their learning
always at their disposal," comments Julian Goss, Chair of OCAD's Industrial
Design Program. "This sketched-based software application allows OCAD teachers
to concentrate on the fundamentals of design, adding the critical elements of
accuracy, consistency and professionalism to our students' work."
"Autodesk is focused on extending our expertise in 2D and 3D design to
students, helping them realize their potential with the latest technology,"
says Robert 'Buzz' Kross, vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions.
"Access to industry-acknowledged software like AliasStudio means students are
learning real-world tools that accelerate all phases of the design workflow
process and will ultimately help them succeed in their careers."
Beyond the benefits of working with best-in-class, professional software,
OCAD looks forward to building an ongoing relationship with Autodesk. Offering
their academic program as a test bed, OCAD hopes to give input into the future
development plans of Autodesk design tools to make the software products even
more useful tools for creative professionals and to further engage students in
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their
data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas
into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project
efficiency and maximize profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit http://www.autodesk.com/ .
* Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user
license agreement that accompanies download of the software.
NOTE: Autodesk, AutoCAD, and AliasStudio are registered trademarks or
trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other
brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective
holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and
specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for
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