FunPlus and Creaitive Art Works Announce Year 2 of Character Design Apprenticeship

The mobile developer and publisher FunPlus joins forces again with the New York association Creative works of art to provide character design learning to underserved high school students. Their program will give over 100 students the tools and skills to create their own characters.

Based in Switzerland, FunPlus has been around for over a decade and has produced games such as King of Avalon and Weapons of Glory. He is also the founder of the eSports organization FPX (FunPlus Phoenix), which managed to win the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. Although not a household name, some of these achievements deserve a bit of attention.

The studio’s latest plan is to continue a partnership with Creative Art Works, a non-profit organization that empowers young people through visual and multimedia arts, which officially kicked off on February 8. FunPlus will invest in program development, teacher artist salaries and other program costs to ensure the program is sustainable.

Starting this spring, the character creation program will offer more than 100 students from five New York City Vocational and technical schools have the chance to learn about character design while being paid the NYC minimum wage of $15/hour. Their goal will be to create a fully realized character with a story, personality traits, strengths and weaknesses. Creative Art Works teaching artists will deliver in-person classes to students for fourteen weeks. Additionally, FunPlus artists and creatives from around the world will give reviews of youth work, career advice and advanced talks on topics such as body shape, construction and anatomy of the silhouette. The program will conclude with an awards ceremony which will take place on June 1st.

You can learn more about the Character Design Internship Program by visiting Creative works of art website.

Christopher S. Washington