Students, Faculty and Staff from the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M traveled to New Orleans to spend the week attending SIGGRAPH 2009, About 20,000 computer-graphic-visual-professionals and artists from around the world made their way to this CG-Mecca-event.
Viz students at Texas A&M participate in industry-animation-courses. The Department of Visualization collaborates with leading animation studios to give the students a condensed “real-world” production experience. This year, students taking the Summer Industry Course (VIZA 627) worked with visiting professionals from Disney to produce four animated shorts. Each team of students had to develop a storyline around the simple concept of a toy sitting on a shelf in a child’s bedroom and then produce a thirty-second short. For sixty days students literally worked around the clock to get the job done.