Bethesda developers to lecture at USC

Education is paramount. So are video games. In recognition of these two great things, we’ve today announced that Bethesda developers will soon be lending their wisdom to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Developers from studios like Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, and Arkane Studios are set to lecture students in the school’s Interactive Media Division, giving them a taste of what it’s like to work full-time in the gaming field. These sessions will include both guest lectures and smaller seminars.

Said ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman: “As the video game industry experiences continuing worldwide growth, there is an increasing need to support the education of the brightest minds who are interested in a career in our industry. We are pleased to be a part of that effort.”

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ZENIMAX MEDIA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH
USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS

EDUCATIONAL AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT
INTERACTIVE MEDIA DIVISION

March 3, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts to support its Interactive Media Division with a comprehensive educational program of guest lectures and internships. This initiative will give USC students the opportunity to interact with noted developers from ZeniMax’s world-class studios including Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, and Arkane Studios.

ZeniMax’s celebrated game developers will participate in the school’s tradition of having the brightest artists and industry luminaries visit with students to share their real world experiences. During lectures and intimate seminars, students will have the opportunity to hear from noted developers across the key video game development disciplines.

“We’re proud to partner with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and promote the Interactive Media Division’s desire to provide a practical grounding in video game development.” said Robert Altman, CEO of ZeniMax Media. “As the video game industry experiences continuing worldwide growth, there is an increasing need to support the education of the brightest minds who are interested in a career in our industry. We are pleased to be a part of that effort.”

“ZeniMax has long been a dynamic force in the field of gaming and interactive media, and the potential for this partnership is virtually limitless,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. “I’m eager to see how our students will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity, and further hone their abilities to create engaging and entertaining experiences for gaming audiences around the world.”

About ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media is a preeminent media organization which has brought together a team of world class game developers, artists and designers, programmers, producers, and leading executives and talent from traditional media.  ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango, MachineGames, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K. and ZeniMax Online Studios.   For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles from some of the world’s top development studios  are featured under the Bethesda Softworks label and include such blockbuster franchises as DOOM®, QUAKE®, The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein™ and RAGE™. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

ZeniMax, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, Vir2L, The Elder Scrolls, Oblivion, Morrowind and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.  ID, id Software and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Fallout is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Arkane and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Arkane Studios in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


About USC School of Cinematic Arts

Since 1929, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The school offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, and interactive media, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Its more than 10,500 alumni are among the world’s most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts and industry executives. Since 1973, not a year has passed without an alumnus or alumna being nominated for an Academy Award.

Reader Comments

  1. Are you going to teach the students and audience about doing behind the scene deals where you accept money over your dedicated fans?

  2. It’s pretty awesome that you guys are connecting to students. Wish Bethesda would do a lecture at Missouri S&T sometime, I’d love to hear more about the inner-workings of the industry.

  3. Teach them and they shall create future worlds yet to be imagined in ways not yet possible.

    Congratulations to all involved.