Thursday, April 01, 2004

Teaching at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

IADT logoDun Laoghaire is a town a little bit to the south of Dublin, along the coast. It's pronounced Dunleary, which is a good thing because otherwise all those vowels would be impossible. Anyway, it's the home of the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, which invited me to come give a game design workshop, and also to attend a meeting to discuss the logistics of setting up a game development program. The workshop went well, and the meeting was useful to them, I hope. The difficulty with creating a game program in an academic setting is that it's so enormously cross-disciplinary. There are often a lot of vested interests that have to be overcome, and people whose cooperation that must be secured. It's unlikely that the people in the music department of an art school are all that used to dealing with computer scientists, for example. I'm not saying that IADT has these problems; I just warned them that these are the sorts of issues that they face.