Frequently Asked Questions
- The AIE Lafayette campus is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790 www.council.org
- The AIE Lafayette campus is authorized by the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education
- All Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) certificate and diploma programs are nationally accredited and recognized through the Australian Qualifications Framework, which is based on industry skill standards.
Our Lafayette campus is located in the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) building, on the University of Louisiana’s Lafayette campus.
AIE cannot guarantee job placement, but creates opportunities for students to interact with industry professionals through our advisory committee, guest speakers and local professional organizations such as the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Students are encouraged to set up internships and complete the program with a show reel and portfolio of their work. An overview of graduate destinations can be found HERE.
Game Art and Animation: Completion Rate: 100% - Placement Rate: 100%
Game Programming: Completion Rate: 100% - Placement Rate: 80%
3D Animation & VFX for Film: Completion Rate: 100% - Placement Rate: 75%
The AIE curriculum is based on industry skill standards. We teach the students the skills that the interactive media industry has defined as essential. The curriculum is taught by experienced instructors who have “been there and done that.” Our history stretches back to 1996 and through the years we have developed strong industry connections with many notable companies around the world. Read more about what makes AIE different and why you should study with us by clicking HERE.
If you missed the application process, you can review the process and download your application HERE. Because enrollment in our programs is first-come, first-served, you are encouraged to apply at the next available priority application deadline. Pay careful attention to the application materials and portfolio requirements for the program you are applying for, since incomplete applications will not be reviewed until the next application deadline after they are completed. Application deadlines may be cancelled if our seats are filled, so we recommend applying early!
If you have questions about the application process or what you can do to prepare yourself for studying at AIE, contact email@example.com
Yes, AIE does cap enrollment for its courses. We seek to ensure that all of our students receive a quality education which means keeping our class sizes small. Students seeking to enroll after we reach our cap will be put on a waiting list.
- The programs we use change depending on the demands of the interactive media industry. If the tools change then our curriculum must change in order to stay in tune with the industry we are preparing students to enter.
- Programming Students utilize industry standard languages and tools such as: Visual Studio (C, C++ and C#), Open GL, Unity, UDK (Unreal), Perforce, Python, GITHUB.
- 3D Animation & VFX students utilize industry standard software and resources such as: Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, After Effects, Nuke and Premiere.
- The Lafayette campus accepts FAFSA. The Federal School code for the Lafayette campus is: 042484.
- The Seattle campus accepts FAFSA. The Federal School code for the Seattle campus is: 04223600.
AIE scholarship information can be found HERE, please check this link frequently for updates.
AIE Lafayette does not provide on-campus housing due to our public location in the LITE Center. Visit https://aie.edu/student-information/lafayette-housing-resources/ for a list of local Student Housing complexes we have compiled to help you in your search. Conventional apartments are also plentiful, but we recommend Student Housing for our First-Year students.
Sure! We check the Coming Events sidebar link for upcoming Open Houses, Interactive Experience Days and other campus events. If you can’t make one of those events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a date and time.
Absolutely, we encourage all of our students to have a job while attending AIE. Many of our students work in the same area as our campus, including places like The Apple Store and Starbucks, or even game testing at various game studios. Second year students should seek internships and look for ways to apply what they have learned in their first year toward industry projects. Connecting with faculty and staff, the advisory committee, guest speakers and industry trade organizations such as IGDA can all point to potential internship opportunities.
- When you're enrolled into your program at AIE you will have a set schedule. Your program is made up of sequential subjects that you are automatically enrolled into. You do not need to sign up for individual classes.
- AIE programs run 20 hours per week and you will be in class two full days and one half-day.
- First-Year Students are in class Monday and Wednesday from 9 am - 5 pm and Friday from 8 am - 12 pm.
- Second-Year Students are in class Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 5 pm and Friday from 1 pm - 5 pm.
- We schedule regular industry guest speakers at 12 pm on Friday afternoons for all students.
Classes are taught on a studio model, emulating, in so far as possible, the industry workplace environment, with project-based assessment against industry skills standards and criteria. Learning and practice are integrated and take place in the same space, so transitions between theory and practice are unhindered.
- Great question! You should take one (or more) of our Summer Camps. Students use industry tools to either create a video game or animation. Click HERE for more information, or to sign up.
- Also review what is expected in the application portfolio for the program you will be applying for and start compiling your best work for submission by clicking HERE.
AIE will accept some non-core courses from regionally accredited institutions. Students are not allowed to transfer upper divisional units or units that are core courses (especially production courses.) You may also ask to be tested or have a portfolio review for prior learning. See the Prior Learning Assessment section of the handbook for the appropriate campus.
The Seattle and Lafayette Campuses do not presently offer individual classes.