Meet the Instructors

Our talented, industry-expert instructors can guide you through building your portfolio, working in a AAA team environment, and help you build assets that get the attention of game studios and gamers.  Schedule a tour to meet with our advisors and learn more about the program.


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Chip Sbrogna

STUDIO EXPERIENCE
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  • Electronic Arts (EA) 
    Shipped: "Star Wars - Galaxy of Heroes" (Senior Designer)

  • Sixense Studios
    Shipped: "Portal 2", "Portal 2 in Motion" on PSN, Steam

  • Crystal Dynamics
    Shipped: "Rise of the Tomb Raider"
     

NOMINATIONS

  • God of War II - Adventure Game of the Year

  • God of War II - Action and Adventure

  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Action/Adventure

  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - First Person Action Game of the Year

  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - GameCube

 
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Mayet Andreassen

EDUCATION

  • Master’s in Fine Arts in Animation & Visual Effects from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA

 PROFESSIONAL CAREER

STUDIO EXPERIENCE

  • Zynga Games

  • 2K Sports

 
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Sarah Abraham

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Game Technology
    University of Austin, TX

 PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • President and Founder of Akula Games

  • Adjunct Professor at UT

  • Game Technology

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Game play that fosters empathy between players

  • Cooperative game mechanics

  • Russian folklore

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  

INSPIRED BY

  • Metal Gear Solid 3

 
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Geoff Mellon

EDUCATION

  • BFA, Art, Arizona State University (Magna Cum Laude) 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Adjunct Professor in Creative Design Technologies at Austin Community College

  • Professor of Game Art and Design at the Art Institute of Phoenix

STUDIO EXPERIENCE

  • Greyborn Studios
    Shipped: "Luna and the Moonling" (Senior Artist)

  • Chicken Waffle
    Shipped: "Baby Hands", Several B2B and Merge Cube Projects (Senior Artist)

  • Portalarium Studios
    Shipped: "Shroud of the Avatar (Senior Character Artist)

  • Vicarious Visions (Activision)

    Shipped: “Guitar Hero [3-6]”, “Band Hero”, “Guitar Hero On Tour” [series], “Guitar Hero World Tour” [series], “Spiderman 3”, “Transformers Autobots”, “Transformers Decepticons”, “Tony Hawk Downhill Jam” (Senior Artist/Art Director)

  • Rainbow Studios

    Shipped: “MX vs ATV Unleashed”

 
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Bill Byrne

EDUCATION

  • MFA in Photography and Related Media - New York's School of Visual Art

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • Professor of Media Arts and Animation and Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at the Art Institute of Austin

  • Academic Director - Media Arts and Animation, Digital Film and Video Production, Game Art and Design at the Art Institute of Austin

  • Past client work for: Electronic Arts, NBC, Tiffany & Co., ABC Sports, ESPN, Panasonic, Snickers and RCA Records.

PUBLISHED TEXTBOOKS

  • 3D Motion Graphics for 2D Artists

  • Creative Motion Graphic Titling

  • The Visual Effects Arsenal

 
 
 

Our Expert Board

Shawn Jamali - President, Austin Career Institute

Shakeel Rashed - Director, Accelerator at Capital Factory

Don Fussell
Director of the Laboratory for Real-time Graphics and Parallel Systems at UT Austin
Don is Trammell Crow Regents' Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences and the Director of the Laboratory for Real-time Graphics and Parallel Systems.  He is also a member of the Computer Engineering Research Center, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
 

Donna Kidwell
Software Consultant and Co-Founder of WebStudent International
Donna specializes in commercialization strategies for potential of innovations in science and technology. She is a fierce advocate for using video games to teach leadership and management skills to children.
 

Gordon Walton
Video Game Developer and Producer
Gordon Walton has been authoring games and managing game development since 1977. He is currently President of Art & Craft Entertainment, Inc., which is building the crowdfunded MMO Crowfall™. Prior positions include VP and Exec Producer at Playdom Austin, VP and co-Studio General Manager at BioWare Austin working on Star Wars®: The Old Republic™, VP, Executive Producer and Studio Manager at Sony Online Entertainment in Austin, working on an unannounced product and Star Wars Galaxies at Sony Online Entertainment.