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LSC-Kingwood professors visit TimeGate, discuss partnerships

Lone Star College-Kingwood professors Caroline Chamness and Shawn Sedoff, far right, along with their student Trevor Reese, center, visited with Dr. Alireza Tavakkoli and Adel Chaveleh during a tour of TimeGate, the largest game studio in Houston.

HOUSTON (Aug. 17, 2012) – With technology steadily changing, Lone Star College-Kingwood professors Caroline Chamness, Game Design and Simulation; and Shawn Sedoff, Visual Communication; recently toured TimeGate, the largest game studio in Houston.

“The purpose of the tour was three fold: to discuss the partnership between University of Houston-Sugar Land and LSC-Kingwood’s Game Design Program; meet with TimeGate and discuss what our students are doing; and to see how TimeGate’s 24 camera Motion Capture Studio operates,” Chamness said.

While touring the 24 camera Motion Capture Studio, Chamness and Sedoff saw firsthand how the skill of using this technology is needed in the Animation and Game Design industry.  In preparing students, LSC-Kingwood recently obtained an 8 camera Motion Capture System.

“This system allows students to animate characters using their own body movements which are tracked with motion capture cameras and sensors on a suit that the student wears,” she explained.

In addition to touring the motion capture system, the professors spoke with Dr. Alireza Tavakkoli regarding the college’s partnership with UH-Sugar Land. Through an articulation agreement, students in LSC-Kingwood’s Game Design program can now earn a bachelor’s degree in Game Design Art or Programming from UH-Sugar Land. The university also partners with TimeGate which provides internships to students.

For more information on the Game Design and Development program contact Caroline Chamness at 281-312-1427 or caroline.m.chamness@lonestar.edu. For more information on the Visual Communications program contact Shawn Sedoff at 281-312-1742 or shawn.g.sedoff@lonestar.edu.

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