BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – Three colleges in Louisiana have received a $ 500,000 digital entertainment grant from Governor John Bel Edwards’ Cinema Incentive Program.
The University of New Orleans (UNO), Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) and Nunez Community College (Nunez CC) will receive $ 250,000 in two annual installments from the Entertainment Development Fund awarded by the Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII). The award covers faculty and staff salaries, IT services, and expenses related to the distance learning program.
âWe commend DMII for its expansion through UNO, Northwestern and Nunez as they provide Louisiana residents with more opportunities to obtain the education and training necessary to contribute to our entertainment industry,â the secretary told Louisiana Economic Development, Don Pierson. âThe Entertainment Development Fund stimulates workforce training and development and provides opportunities for content creators in our state, such as those at the Digital Media Institute. “
Through DMII, students will complete a one-year accredited certificate program in animation, visual effects, and interactive content. DMII provides digital media education and training.
âThrough the Animation, Visual Effects and Interactive Content program, students will learn 3D modeling, texturing, animation, motion capture, digital cinema, virtual production, virtual reality and augmented reality content, digital composition and editing on the same technology used by major studios, “said DMII Executive Director John Miralles.” Our model responds to the industry’s desire to have useful skills from day one of employment. . “
NSU Office of Technology, Innovation and Economic Development vice president Darlene Williams said the certification prepares students interested in the digital media and film industry.
âNorthwestern will help DMII market the offering and create local accessibility by providing classrooms,â said Williams.
UN vice president for research and economic development Matt Tarr said the university hopes to expand current courses in film production, computer science and the fine arts.
âAt UNO, we are excited about the opportunities this partnership will provide our students and the business community looking for graduates with key skills,â said Tarr. âDMII’s courses align with our mission of ensuring that our graduates are ready to work and ready to succeed. “
The Entertainment Development Fund is part of the cinema incentive program signed by Edwards in 2017.