BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sten Erickson McKinzie is an award-winning Animator/Interactive Media Developer whose industry career and experience spans nearly two decades.
Since receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of Film and Animation at RIT, Sten has worked as an animator, a multimedia designer and Creative Director in the Interactive Media and Games industry, primarily in Chicago and LA.
Sten has always had a passion for teaching. He feels a responsibility to share his experience and knowledge with future generations of animators and developers. To this end, during his time in industry, he worked as an adjunct lecturer and regularly took on co-ops and interns.
In 2010, Sten decided to leave industry and return to graduate school so that he could pursue his passion, full-time. He received his Master of Fine Arts from RIT in Computer Graphic Design/Visual Communication Design. Sten now enjoys a full-time faculty position in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT.
In the News
August 5, 2023
Camp that aimed to bridge digital divide touted by local officials
Rochester Business Journal reports that more than 50 underrepresented public and charter school students in grades third through sixth participated in the inaugural AT&T ROC Jr. Game Dev Camp Powered by RIT.
June 27, 2023
Game design course immerses students in Japanese video game industry
There was an extra two weeks of class for some RIT students who ended their semester with a trip to Japan. The trip was the culmination of a Japanese Game Industry course last spring, where students learned about the world’s third largest video game market.
June 23, 2023
AT&T and RIT video game development summer camp helps students close digital divide
AT&T is teaming up with RIT to host a video game development program aimed at addressing equality issues in technology education and helping local middle school students impacted by the digital divide.
Alfie Luo and Allie Zhao ’22
Ball Animals is a 4-player competitive party game. In the game, each player controls a ball-shaped animal and needs to try their best to knock other players out using their bellies.