November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Academics

 

‘MAGIC’ is Brewing at MDC

Watch out, Universal City and Silicon Valley. Miami is ready to give you a run for the money. And it will do so at the new Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) being developed at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

With this exciting news, Miami Dade College opened the MIA Animation Conference & Festival this fall to an auditorium packed with international industry mavericks, top software gurus, talented artists, major Los Angeles animation studio executives and enterprising students poised to be the next leaders in these burgeoning fields.

“It is important for Miami Dade College to again be at the forefront in providing new talent and a trained workforce to these industries,” said Wolfson Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente during the festive conference opening.

The Silent Giant

The MAGIC announcement comes at a critical time for South Florida’s economy. Long a gateway to the Americas and a hub for international business, Miami has been quietly developing into the robust home of an emerging high-tech industry that is drawing the attention of major companies around the globe, including those based in Germany, Spain and France.

Praising Miami Dade College for always being ahead of the curve, Florida Rep. Erik Fresen spoke about MDC’s unparalleled vision for building the workforce of the future.

“Institutions are usually very slow to react,” he said at the MAGIC unveiling plans. “That was OK 50, 40, even 30 years ago. But the pace technology is changing the world is now so fast we can no longer afford for our institutions to lag behind.

“This is exactly why we love this institution. Miami Dade College is head and shoulders above the rest,” Fresen added. “The fact that MDC is going to incubate all of this technology is very exciting.”

Longstanding Expertise

MDC’s MAGIC will build upon the strong educational foundation and rigorous curricula already developed over the years in the College’s acclaimed School of Engineering + Technology and at its revamped Emerging Technologies Center of the Americas (ETCOTA). Now with MAGIC, companies in the region and throughout the world will be able to turn to Miami Dade College for highly skilled innovators in the lucrative and growing fields of computer animation, gaming, visual effects, motion graphics, film, Web design and visual arts.

Best of all, every aspect of this MAGIC will happen in South Florida.

“That it is here on the Eastern Seaboard so that it is not always on the West Coast is even more exciting,” Fresen concluded.

Behind the Scenes at MAGIC

Opening ceremonies for the MIA Animation Conference & Festival at MDC included an impressive virtual tour of the College’s future Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC). Among the many outstanding features will be:

  • An interactive gallery of student projects
  • An open, interdisciplinary state-of-the-art living lab featuring The Brain, which is a collaborative, inter-connected gamer environment driving innovation and creativity
  • A motion capture studio, where objects take flight and life
  • Sound engineering and color correction suites
  • Classrooms equipped with the latest technology featuring dual touchscreen interfaces and hands-on learning experiences promoting an exploratory high-tech lifestyle
  • An incubator room, where teams of students can seek personalized advice and support from experienced faculty and industry experts
  • Dynamic break areas, welcoming downtime while adding to the relationship-building aspect of student team cohesion
  • A screening hall, where enthusiastic audiences will be able to view semester-long animation projects of MDC students

— BK


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