Game Art and Animation Senior, Ryan Leslie, was one of 18 students out of hundreds of applicants to receive the competitive 2015 Game Developers Conference Scholars award. The IGDA Scholarship includes an all access pass to the conference courtesy of UBM studio tours, an industry mentor, and the chance to sit in on exclusive Q&A sessions with industry legends. This year, thanks to the IGDA Foundation’s partnership with the Intel Diversity Initiative, our scholars will also have a travel stipend to help them offset the cost of this once in a lifetime experience.
In 2012, Ryan worked for the Emergent Media Center (EMC) at Champlain College on The Ford Foundation Rural Wealth Creation Game, created in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Yellow Wood Associates.The goal of the game is to teach industry stakeholders in rural areas how to better retain ownership, wealth, and value in their local regions. He has continued to work for the EMC as a Graphic Artist and 3D Modeler.
In Summer 2014, Ryan interned at Behaviour Interactive in Montreal, where he Modeled and optimized terrain, created various props and models, and set-dressed scenes in Unity for the Pro Feel Golf mobile game