Kristin Jarrett, 26, who now lives in Buena Park but spent most of her life in Moreno Valley, was one of 30 woman and minority students nationwide who received the scholarship to pursue computer and video game-related degrees. She is now a student at Cal State Fullerton majoring in entertainment art/animation.
In 2007, Jarrett enrolled at what was then the Moreno Valley campus of the Riverside Community College District. While taking a Photoshop class, she learned about the just-started video game program. She enrolled in the Introduction to Game Development with Maya course taught by Matt Fast and was quickly hooked.
"I have always loved drawing," Jarrett said. "And I just loved seeing the stuff from my brain appear on the computer screen."
Jarrett took several more classes with Fast and graduated with a game art degree in 2009.
Fast said Jarrett was consistently in the top 1 percent of his students. He was impressed by the quality of her assignments and how she took it upon herself to create related work outside of class.
"All that extra stuff she did on her own really made her stand out," Fast said.
He described her as friendly, approachable and courageous. He recalled a trip one of his classes took to High Moon Studios, a video game design studio in Carlsbad. Jarrett brought her artwork with her and after the tour asked artists at the studio to critique it.
Jarrett, who expects to graduate from Cal State Fullerton in fall 2013 and wants to work making 3D models at a video game studio, credits her classes at Moreno Valley College with providing her the foundation to earn the scholarship and succeed at Cal State Fullerton. She particularly credits the depth of instruction she received with Maya, a 3D animation program.
"The Maya classes at Moreno Valley College really prepared me, "Jarrett said. "I felt like I had a head start on the other kids [at Cal State Fullerton]."
The Moreno Valley College video game art degree/certificate is a comprehensive program that puts equal emphasis on the artistic and the technical side of 3D modeling and animation. Courses cover material that take the student through the production process and workflow of 3D modeling and animation, from conceptualization to drawing techniques and technical fundamentals to the final delivery of the rendered product. Classes are taught in a state-of-the-
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