January 17, 2012 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada’s premier entertainment arts institution and one of the most distinguished worldwide, is proud to launch its fourth annual Women in Games Scholarship as part of Game Design Expo 2012. Worth up to $49,250, application details will be provided at the Game Design Open House on January 22 nd, which also features sample classes and arcades of student- and alumni-created games.
The first and only of its kind in the world, the Women in Games Scholarship provides full tuition for an aspiring female game designer to attend VFS’s acclaimed one-year Game Design program. In a field traditionally dominated by men, the scholarship is a great opportunity and incentive for women looking to pursue a career in game design. Previous winners include Shannon Lee (Microsoft/BigPark) from Canada, Annie Dickerson (Digido Interactive) from the United States, and current VFS student Larissa Baptista from Brazil – all proof of the international impact of the scholarship and the talent it attracts.
“Once again I am proud to be a part of our annual Women in Games Scholarship. Our past winners have gone on to do amazing things in the game industry once they graduated, and we expect more great things from our most recent winners,” says Head of Game Design at VFS, Dave Warfield. “Supporting the growth of women in games is something that I feel strongly about; it benefits the industry to gain new perspectives, creativity, and passion that is reflective of how gaming has changed and expanded in the past 5 years.”
Attendees of the free, day-long Open House will also have the chance to meet faculty and students, and learn more about additional industry-sponsored scholarships for both men and women:
· G4TechTV - $7,000
· Radical Entertainment - $2,500
· Slant Six Games – $2,500
· Annex Pro – $2,000
· Microsoft/BigPark – $1,000
The Open House is expected to fill to capacity. Those interested are advised to register soon at gamedesignexpo.com.
VFS Game Design Open House
Sunday, January 22, 2012, 10:30am-5pm
Vancouver Film School
88 East Pender St.
VFS is proud to partner with the following event sponsors to realize the annual Game Design Expo 2012: G4TechTV, Annex Pro, Radical Entertainment, The Georgia Straight, Slant Six Games, and HP.
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About Game Design Expo
Game Design Expo is an annual event for game industry professionals and enthusiasts hosted by Vancouver Film School’s Game Design program. Since the inaugural event in 2007 and continuing through the sold-out 2011 weekend, Game Design Expo has played host to such industry luminaries as Jaako Iisalo (Lead Designer of Angry Birds), Ron Gilbert, Clint Hocking, Don Daglow, Ellen Beeman, and Eric Zimmerman, and creative leaders from companies like Microsoft, Bungie, Activision, Blizzard, BioWare, Epic, and Ubisoft.
About Game Design at Vancouver Film School
Founded in 1987, Vancouver Film School is Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution and one of the most distinguished in the world. With 13 production-oriented programs and a world-leading one-year education model, VFS prepares students to join the creative economy. In the Game Design program, students learn all aspects of designing games, from visual storytelling to level design principles to the production process, ultimately creating playable games themselves. Upon graduating, they are ready to be a part of any video game development team. Game Design grads have worked on such titles as Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Dead Rising 2, Prototype 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. To find out more, visit vfs.com.