Video games are quickly becoming a popular form of artistic expression that Jessica Vanderhyden relishes. The 18-year-old is enrolled in George Brown College’s three-year advanced game development diploma program that exposes students to the principles and techniques of video game art creation required to crack the industry.
Students learn concept art, sprite and pixel art, modelling, texturing, animation and level design to develop two- and three-dimensional artistic abilities. They will also get the opportunity to develop commercial quality games in a simulated video game studio environment.
Vanderhyden is excited because she enjoys playing video games and she feels the program will help fulfill her creative potential.
“I am a very creative person and this course is perfect for me,” said the Dunbarton High School graduate and one of three recipients of this year’s Arts & Culture Jamaica (ACJAM) scholarships presented last week at the Jamaica Consulate. “I have been playing with my cousin on a regular basis for the past six years and it’s good to know financial awards are offered to students in non-traditional fields. This scholarship is one that I am very proud of.”
The St. Paul’s-on-the-Hill church member and Habitat for Humanity volunteer is also musically inclined. She plays the piano, organ, guitar and clarinet.
Scholarships were also presented to Ontario College of Art & Design first-year students Camille Gordon and Quentin “Vercetty” Lindsay.
A graduate of St. Augustine Secondary School graduate and recipient of Jamaicans Association of Canada (PROJAM), Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (AJAA) and Harry Jerome national scholarships this year, Gordon plans to work with the United Nations, do volunteer work with Doctors Without Borders and become a psychologist and art therapist.
Lindsay, who also secured PROJAM and AJAA scholarships this year, was part of a group of talented young artists who created a 400-foot bike-themed mural at the intersection of Dupont Street W. last year.
The ACJAM has presented nearly $19,000 to 21 young people since the scholarship program was unveiled.