"Despite the challenges and disruptions caused by the pandemic the past two years, our programs continued to maintain our high standards and national profile as a top school in these fields,” said Associate Professor Andrew Williams, director of the BFA game design and development-art program.
Associate Professor Kim Loken is director of the animation and digital media program as well as an instructor in game design and development-art. “The rankings affirm the strength in how we’ve structured the curriculum, wherein students in both programs share core courses, benefiting from a larger pool of faculty, while also gaining depth from dedicated course sequences in their respective areas. This creates a robust community for the students too,” she said.
Animation Career Review also ranked game design programs, with UW-Stout coming in No. 8 in the Midwest, No. 19 nationally among public schools, No. 38 nationally overall and No. 1 in Wisconsin.
Falck said the School of Art and Design at UW-Stout fed her creative abilities by providing a broad-based curriculum and opportunities to network with professionals.
“Stout taught me the foundation of a variety of skills so I was able to discover what I liked the most and focus on those skills. I also had opportunities to meet current industry professionals and practice public speaking by being part of the International Game Developers Association,” Falck said.
When she decided to focus on 3D environment art, she received help from Assistant Professor Joshua Seaver to create an independent study course and dig in deeper to the subject, she said. “It was incredibly beneficial to me,” she said.
UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design has six BFA programs, including graphic design and interactive media, industrial design, interior design and studio art. It offers two Bachelor of Science degrees in arts administration and entrepreneurship and video production and a Master of Fine Arts in design.
UW-Stout’s game design and animation lab spaces include a state-of-the-art Vicon Motion Capture Studio.