BRINGING DIGITAL ART EDUCATION TO YOUR SCHOOL
New Design School is dedicated to developing the best creative talent in Northwest Arkansas. Talented students yearning for educational opportunities to learn the skills necessary for cutting-edge careers in design, development, videography, gaming, and animation are abundant throughout the region. The opportunity to learn from New Design School’s Executive Director and Academy Award winning Disney digital artist, David Kersey, is not, however, as abundant. If you’re living in Northwest Arkansas, then you have a rare and unique chance to work with some of the best in the business right here in your own backyard.
Arkansas Arts Academy
From Hollywood To The Classroom
Helping students realize their dream creative career
New Design School is developing a complete curriculum for Arkansas Arts Academy students to prepare them for a career in the digital arts. The curriculum includes hands-on, advanced training on the complete suite of Adobe digital arts tools ( Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere ); and with MAYA, Autodesk’s 3-D Modeling and Animation software.
“This is a portfolio based industry. It is skills based,” laughs David as he talks about the importance of a strong portfolio. “Most companies want to see your work and expect you to be able to reproduce the quality that is in your portfolio. Disney may be more likely to hire you if you blow them away with a portfolio you created at home.”
David brings his 15 years of movie-making experience with Disney and Sony to the classroom and works with creative young minds to develop a high-quality portfolio that will prepare them for college and beyond.
Connecting students and the community
New Design School’s team of Arkansas Arts Academy digital artists partnered with BikeNWA to breathe new life into the downtown Rogers skatepark. David saw this as an opportunity to educate students on the latest software techniques; push their creative boundaries; work collaboratively; and build confidence by putting their work on permanent, public display.