State launching digital media program – Newbritainherald

Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:35 am
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Updated: 7:36 am, Tue Jun 9, 2015.

State launching digital media program

The state’s launching a training program to help grow a skilled workforce for Connecticut’s burgeoning digital media industry.

The initiative, developed by the state Office of Film, Television and Digital Media and the University of Connecticut, will begin in July. 

Digital Media CT is designed for people who have demonstrated interest in digital media and want to learn the basic skills necessary for entry-level work in the industry. High school seniors and current college students and graduates with majors in communications/ film/television, as well as veterans and professionals who want to explore digital media, are all encouraged to apply.

The month-long program at UConn’s Stamford Campus will offer four tracks of study: 3D Animation in Cinema4D, Game Design, Motion Graphics Design and Web Design. Classes will be taught by UConn’s Digital Media and Design faculty and local and regional professionals, complemented with lectures from industry experts. This approach is designed to equip students with the specialized skills and hands-on experience needed to pursue careers in the industry.

Students will also get the opportunity to build relationships with accomplished practitioners in respective fields.

“Digital media jobs and business opportunities are growing rapidly,” said Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development. “A sustained effort to build a capable workforce will help ensure that employers will continue to invest here in Connecticut.”

“By creating a skilled, in-state digital media workforce, this training provides an additional incentive,” said George Norfleet, director of the Office of Film, Television and Digital Media. “[This training] is not just for major industry players establishing, expanding or relocating operations to Connecticut, but also for entrepreneurs conceiving a new generation of businesses that coexist, generate synergy, and help the entire film, television and digital media ecosphere to expand.”

Tim Hunter, professor and director of the Digital Media and Design Department Digital Media Center at UConn, said the university was “proud to be a part of this important initiative to help catalyze the growth of the state’s digital media industry.” Graduates who successfully complete the program will have produced a portfolio-worthy project representative of their work and learning and will receive a certificate of completion for their selected track.

The program runs from July 6 through July 31. Applications are now being accepted. Interested candidates can register or find more information about the program at digitalmedia-ct.com.

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