FROM THE PRESIDENT
In a giant step forward for Georgia State, its students, the city of Atlanta and the state’s booming entertainment industry, the new home of the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) will open its doors Oct. 19.
It’s a project three years in the making. The university established CMII in fall 2014 to train a workforce, foster research and incubate companies for Georgia’s growing film and digital media industries, which now generate $9.5 billion each year.
Around the same time, a $22.8 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation allowed us to turn the former SunTrust Bank building at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Park Place into an ultramodern facility to house CMII and its digital media programs. Renovations
began in January 2016 and are now complete.
Leaders across the nation have long recognized the need to rethink the traditional classroom model to meet the changing needs of today’s students.
Leading the charge, Georgia State has been taking education beyond the classroom for years, connecting students with the opportunities, internships, jobs and communities of downtown Atlanta.
With CMII, however, we’re taking our commitment to innovation further than ever. Designed to prepare students for careers that transcend traditional degree programs, CMII’s curricula combine technical and artistic chops with entrepreneurship and other business fundamentals, a huge boost for any young career.
Featuring advanced studios and production suites for animation, motion capture, 360-degree cameras, 3-D rendering, virtual sets, virtual and augmented reality, and more, CMII doesn’t just teach students to be the best media producers. It connects students and faculty with Atlanta’s booming film, music and video game industries. CMII isn’t just reinventing the classroom. It’s creating new pathways to untold possibilities, futures and careers few other universities can offer.
To name just one example, CMII has brought eSports (competitive video gaming) to Georgia State. We are one of the first and largest universities to embrace the exciting possibilities of eSports, and we’re using them to provide students with essential skills and financial aid.
The institute is poised to become a wellspring of talent for an industry vital to the city and state economy. In addition, the new facility and the forthcoming streetscape improvements to the surrounding area will continue Georgia State’s efforts to bring more life to downtown Atlanta.
Mark P. Becker