Aram Cookson

  • B.F.A., sculpture, Boston University, 1994
  • M.F.A., computer art, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2001

"I have been an interactive design and game development faculty member at SCAD for more than 10 years. My first teaching experience began in graduate school, first as a tutor and then as a teacher's assistant. It was at this point that I learned the potential of teaching as an art in and of itself. Raised in a family of educators and artists, the idea of teaching art was a natural fit. I enjoy creating a classroom environment that encourages learning through hands-on participation and permits the exchange of ideas between me, my students and their peers. I encourage students to think about the classroom environment as a place in which to explore and develop ideas. Watching students start with nothing more than a concept and raw passion and then finish with a tangible outcome while establishing lasting relationships with their peers along the way is amazing. I strive to captivate student interest by teaching them problem solving, organization, and fundamental art and design skills as they apply to game art and design."

Aram Cookson | Interactive design and game development professor

Organizations

International Game Developers Association, Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH

Previous Positions

Artist's assistant and set builder, Gabe Polanski Studios; motion media artist, Cable Television of the Southern Berkshires; teaching assistant, SCAD; art educators Photoshop instructor, SCAD; advisement council consultant, Klaus Entertainment; eLearning course development, SCAD; 3-D visualization, Beyond Productions; artist, Ascent Games

Publications and presentations

2009. Game Education Summit (GES), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, panel: "Where industry and academia meet."