Art School Expands to Atlanta This Year; Savannah-Based College's Computer-Driven Training for Video Games Draws Interest

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Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE, The Times-Union

ATLANTA -- Addressing a group of Atlanta-area technology buffs, Peter Weishar had his own enviable toys to brag about.

Weishar, a dean at the Savannah College of Art and Design, touted the 700 high-end computer workstations, state-of-the art sound engineering equipment and leading graphics software that students use at the college's School of Film and Digital Media.

"We're working just like a studio," Weishar told members of the Technology Association of Georgia who gathered this week to hear how SCAD is helping support entertainment production in the state.

As SCAD prepares to enter the Atlanta market with a satellite campus, school officials say the students enrolling should dovetail well with the state's growing film and computer art industries.

School officials say they expect between 150 and 200 students at the Atlanta campus this year, taking some of the same technology-focused courses now being taught in Savannah, such as animation, broadcast design and motion graphics.

While the school also will offer traditional art courses in areas such as painting and drawing, it was the computer-driven training in video game development that piqued the interest of Atlanta intellectual properties lawyer David Teske. …