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Sten McKinzie

Lecturer

School of Interactive Games and Media
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

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Sten McKinzie

Lecturer

School of Interactive Games and Media
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

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.

Currently Teaching

IGME-219
3 Credits
This course provides an overview of 3D game asset production. Basic ideas learned within the first asset production course are also revisited within the 3D environs. Topics covered include modeling, texturing, skinning and animation. Emphasis is put on low polygon modeling techniques, best practices in game art production, and effective communication strategies between artists, programmers and designers.
IGME-420
3 Credits
This course introduces level design theory and best practice through game level analysis, evaluation, and creation. Students will learn by analyzing game levels from existing games and discussing what made those levels successful or unsuccessful. Through their analysis and hands on experience, students will gain an understanding of overall level design including layout, flow, pacing, and balance. They will enhance their understanding of level design principles by creating their own game levels.
IGME-424
3 Credits
This course will build upon concepts introduced in IGME-420 Level Design to produce new game content, including quests, NPCs, and environmental structures for existing games. It will explore the process, planning, and implementation of existing games through modification. Students will develop content that will include new in-game objects, NPCs, environments, and quest lines. This modified content will be designed and tested to ensure seamless integration with the existing game, and ultimately published to online distribution networks where real players can experience that new content within existing games.
IGME-590
3 Credits
This is intended to allow for special one-time offerings of undergraduate topics or to allow faculty to pilot new undergraduate offerings. Specific course details (such as the course topics, format, resource needs, and credit hours) will be determined by the faculty member(s) who propose a given special-topics offering.
IGME-788
3 Credits
This course allows students within the game design and development program to develop a capstone proposal and design document. The capstone design document specifies the scope and depth of the capstone project. In addition, it defines the group and individual responsibilities for the cohort capstone project experience.
IGME-789
3 Credits
This course provides master of science in game design and development students with capstone project experiences. Students are expected to work in cohorts towards the implementation of a game system that properly illustrates proficiency in the application of theory and practice towards a large-scale project. For each student, individual responsibilities for the group project will be defined in consultation with both the group and the faculty. Students must successfully complete the Capstone Design course and present a satisfactory capstone project proposal to the faculty before enrolling in this course.