School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2010

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on March 19, 2010. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants.

The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Erin Wiljanen. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two or three participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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NMU Listed in Top 50 Game Design Programs

The Princeton Review included NMU among the Top 50 recommended undergraduate game design schools in the country. The top 8 were ranked and the remaining 42 were listed alphabetically. The recommendation is particularly noteworthy as NMU lacks a specific game design program.

Electronic Imaging has had students successfully go into the game design field based on technical fluency, adaptability of skills, and willingness to fit into the game design pipeline. While this is a learning process, Electronic Imaging stresses being flexible as an artist, constantly learning, and broad design awareness. Students interested in pursuing game design are encouraged to take computer science courses in addition to art and design courses.

USA Today, Game Design Programs
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2010/02/the-princeton-reviews-top-50-undergraduate-game-design-

The Princeton Review
http://www.princetonreview.com/top-fifty-undergraduate-game-design.aspx

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