Vancouver Film School Names Interactive Design Specialist as New Head of Digital Design Program


Last Updated: September 23, 2009 7:40 pm GMT
(Vancouver, BC--September 23, 2009) Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution and one of the most distinguished in the world, today announced Brett Forsyth as the new head of its Digital Design program.

Mr. Forsyth brings to the role a depth of industry experience along with three years as a VFS Senior Instructor, teaching and developing curriculum in the areas of Interface Development and Interactive Design, which includes spearheading the building of a homegrown multi-touch display for student use.

In a diverse career to date, Mr. Forsyth has worked on cutting-edge projects with Vancouver-based Tangible Interaction Design that have pushed the boundaries of interactivity, including a multi-user light-based performance installation called Graffiti Wall and the Zygote, an interactive orb which responds to human touch. He has also held the role of Senior Interface Developer with Rouxbe Video Technologies, consulted for the social networking/comic fan site Zeros 2 Heroes, and served as Project Manager and Technical Lead on a web project for the Adobe-sponsored Reel Ideas Studio, hosts of a worldwide short film contest judged at the Cannes Film Festival.

As a true innovator in interactive design, Mr. Forsyth has twice been invited to speak at Flash in the Can (FITC) Toronto, a leading event for the design and technology community. He has also been chosen to participate in the Adobe Education Leaders Program, which recognizes innovative educators.

Mr. Forsyth’s forward-thinking and experimental approach will be fundamental to his leadership of the intensive Digital Design program, where students develop a wide range of design skills working with live video, Flash, animation, print, and many other essential tools that shape today’s entertainment and media projects.

“The goal of a Department Head at VFS is not only to push the envelope of the educational process, but also to anticipate where a particular industry may be heading,” explains Marty Hasselbach, VFS’s Managing Director. “Brett’s knowledge, experience, and contacts will be instrumental in steering the program and ensuring success for the next generation of Digital Artists coming out of VFS.”

“I am looking forward to continuing the evolution of the program into the best one-year design program in the world,” says Mr. Forsyth. “But even more so, I am excited about making it the best educational experience students have ever had.”

Mr. Forsyth takes over the role from outgoing Head Sebastien de Castell, who has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Strategic Program Development at VFS.

About Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Film School is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution and one of the most distinguished in the world. Its one-year production-oriented programs encompass all aspects of visual media, from Digital Design to Animation & Visual Effects to Acting to Film Production to Game Design to Sound and more. Practicing industry professionals guide students as they create the professional-quality reels and portfolios that get them noticed on the global stage. In recent years, VFS alumni have won Emmys, Oscars, and Spirit Awards.

About the Digital Design Program at VFS
Digital Design at VFS is a world-class program built on innovation, projects, and process. In one year, students receive a complete education in Motion, Interactive, and Communication Design. In creating the perfect portfolio, they sharpen their design skills and learn to provide clients with the most elegant, effective, and creative solutions to meet their needs. Students have had their work recognized at international competitions, nominated and winning awards at Flash in the Can, Animex International Festival for Animation and Computer Games, and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Digital Design alumni have gone onto work on high-profile brands such as MTV, Pepsi, and MuchMusic.


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