“It was awesome to come out and see all the work that the students are doing, it’s very exciting stuff,” says RIOT Games Principle Tech Artist Te Wilson, who’s also a former Ex’pression faculty member. “It seems like Ex’pression students are really kicking butt.”
The RIOT team, which was comprised of Wilson, Principle Artist Artem Volchik, and Senior Character Artist Patrick Murphy, began their day at Ex’pression with a lunch meeting with Ex’pression’s program directors and faculty. Students then met with Wilson, Volcheck, and Murphy to share their reels and get feedback, recommendations, and ideas.
“It was really cool to visit Ex’pression,” says Volchik. “I’m actually really surprised at how much equipment the school has, and how much students can learn about not just art and visuals, but sound too. Games are all about collaboration, so it’s great to see that students have access to that.”
Ex’pression’s alumni have been hired by Silicon Valley’s premier gaming companies, which recognize the quality of the school’s curriculum and the talent of its graduates.
“Our partnerships with game industry innovators, in combination with our comprehensive curriculum, give our students a valuable head start in building their careers,” says Fred Faridian, Campus Director at Ex’pression College Emeryville. “Each day, aspiring game programmers, level designers, 3D modelers, character artists, and more are taught essential skills by our excellent faculty that will lead them to jobs at studios as successful as RIOT Games. We’re happy to provide this bridge to our students and will continue to do so.”
Ex’pression College is a digital arts college in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, offering Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Sound Arts, Interactive Audio, Graphic Design & Motion, Digital Filmmaking, Animation & Visual Effects, and Game Art & Design. Ex’pression’s courses are accelerated, class sizes are limited, and the faculty is staffed with experienced industry professionals. At Ex’pression, students use professional-grade equipment and facilities, and receive a hands-on educational experience in working environments that emulate the industries they’d love to be a part of. Ex’pression College was acquired by SAE Institute in 2014.
Tiffany "CeissaDesiste" Toms
Long time female gamer who has been playing all genres since the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 days. Freelance Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Beta Tester, and studied one year of Game Design. I play games on PC, PS4, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Xbox 360, PSVita, and Android. Freelance Writer, Reviewer, and News Editor/Asst. Director for Anjel Syndicate since the site launched! Part time employee of a major video game retailer.