Academy of Entertainment & Technology

The Academy of Entertainment & Technology (AET)—an SMC satellite campus specially designed for media education and located in the heart of the Westside’s entertainment production district—was launched in 1997 in collaboration with entertainment industry employers to provide students with a comprehensive, well-rounded education that prepares them to be flexible professionals in rapidly evolving media fields.

AET is home to the Entertainment Technology program, designed to meet the industry’s need for creative professionals who excel in developing ideas and have the technical proficiency to execute them. Our instructors are experienced media professionals who bring first-hand knowledge of industry practices to the classroom and work in close collaboration with industry advisors to keep up with trends and changing requirements. In addition, participating companies often provide guest speakers and student internships.

The Entertainment Technology program offers comprehensive certificates of achievement in the following areas:

•   Animation – The Animation certificate combines a strong foundation in story and traditional animation with hands-on experience in animation pre-production and production processes. Technical areas of 2D and 3D production are covered in detail using industry-standard software and hardware.

•   Digital Media – The multilevel Digital Media certificate emphasizes the design and implementation of digital audio and video media for the entertainment industry. Areas of study also include storytelling, visual design, motion graphics, and project management.

In addition to the certificates of achievement, the Entertainment Technology program also offers department certificates in the following areas:

•   Game Design – The Game Design curriculum offers a comprehensive study of the design and implementation of interactive media for the game industry.

•   Digital Effects – The Digital Effects curriculum provides a detailed analysis of the production process used in creating digital effects for the entertainment industry.

Selected Entertainment Technology courses are offered online through SMC’s Distance Education program (see www.smconline.org for details).

AET is also home to the Design Technology department, providing a creative environment for students in its Graphic Design and Interior Architectural Design programs.

To find out more about SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology and our programs, please visit our website (academy.smc.edu), email a request to academy_program@smc.edu for our brochure, or give us a call at (310) 434-3700.

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