UCF Town & Gown Luncheon Explores Creative Minds
Photo (from left to right): Theo Lotz – Director at Flying Horse Editions, Stella Sung – Director at Center for Research & Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment, Ben Noel – Director at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and Dr. Jose Fernandez – Dean of UCF College of Arts and Humanities
Technology and innovation are becoming the drivers of our local economy. As a precursor to the impending changes, the University of Central Florida’s Town & Gown Council recently held an exclusive luncheon at the UCF Center for Emerging Media (CEM), giving members a look at what the center is becoming, and how it will increase Orlando’s creative output through education.
In April 2004, Electronic Arts (EA), the Economic Development Commission and other partners helped UCF secure funding from the State of Florida to develop a graduate-level video game design program and the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) was born.
The City of Orlando has since formed a partnership with UCF to provide a home for FIEA in the Center for Emerging Media. FIEA will be joined by a number of production-oriented state university programs including Flying Horse Editions (fine arts press), UF’s Citylab (architecture), and a varity of film, art and digital media programs from the UCF School of Visual Art and Design.
Appleton Creative strives to support education, innovation and creativity in every possible avenue. We’re excited to witness the breakthroughs and advances sure to come from Central Florida’s growing creative community. As a contributor on this front, we will inspire and continue to be inspired by those who innovate, curate and create.
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