FunPlus collaborates with Creative Art Works for the second year of its character design internship
FunPlusa renowned independent mobile game developer and publisher, and Creative works of art (“CAW”), a 35-year-old organization that empowers youth through visual and multimedia arts, today announced its second character design internship collaboration.
The goal of the program is to provide support to underserved youth and young adults in New York City, hoping to inspire them to pursue careers in game design.
This internship aims to provide essential tools and skills to high school students in New York, as well as connect them to community, academic success and career options, and motivate them to reach new heights. the collaboration between FunPlus and CAW began on February 8.
“Thanks to the corporate support of FunPlus, Creative Art Works is able to offer an exceptional workforce development program to high school students in New York City.said Brian Ricklin, CAW General Manager and CEO. “From our experience over the past year, we know the positive impact this type of program has on the lives of young people, and we are excited to see what this year’s cohort will accomplish.”.
“We are so honored to be a part of the amazing work Creative Art Works is doing in New York.said Wei Wang, Creative Director of FunPlus, who participated as a guest speaker and judge in the 2021 edition of the program. “Last year, everyone involved showed impressive talent and tenacity, and I can’t wait to see how this new group of students will apply all their learnings in their new projects this spring. It’s so inspiring to see these young apprentices unleash their creative potential and who knows, maybe even discover a calling for a career in game design in the future!”
FunPlus and Creative Art Works offer internships to over 100 young people in New York
More than 100 young apprentices from five New York City Career and Technical High Schools (CTEs) will participate in the FunPlus and Creative Art Works Character Design program this spring. The goal of this project is for each young apprentice to build a fully developed character with a story, personality traits, strengths and flaws. For fourteen weeks, CAW teaching artists will provide two hours of in-person training.
Additionally, FunPlus artists and creatives from around the world will offer assessments of young work, career advice and advanced lectures on topics such as body shape, figure building and anatomy, storyboarding, costume/prop design, color scripting, environment and background design, and Suite. On June 1, at 7 p.m. ET, the program will conclude with an awards ceremony.
In an effort to create a long-term program, FunPlus has invested in program development, teacher artist compensation, and other program costs. CAW partners with five Career in New York and Technical Education High Schools (CTE) to offer the Character Design program, which provides students with disabilities, multilingual learners/English language learners, and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds equal access to high-quality internships. Students will all be paid the New York City minimum wage of $15 an hour.
More information about the Character Design Internship Program from FunPlus and Creative Art Works can be found at CAW website.