Faculty 2019-05-07T11:14:46-07:00

FACULTY

Meet your mentors

DESIGN

Heiko Ryll

www.heikoryll.com

Born a creative soul, Heiko Ryll is a 12 year veteran of digital media production and education. Heiko has augmented scope of teaching topics by becoming a nationally certified snowboard instructor. Underneath his numerous tattoos Heiko is a passionate learner who is continuously cultivating his understanding of what makes great educational experiences. Heiko seeks to make every learning opportunity a memorable event that connects with his students.

Jeremy Pudlowski

Jeremy Pudlowski

www.jeremydan.com

Jeremy joined EDAC in the spring of 2012 to take up the charge on the Digitial Design (aka Digital Media Production) program. He eagerly brought his previous experiences having worked on a variety of design projects. He is actively involved in his band “Death by Robot” and was nominated recently for an EMA for the music video he created for his song “No Need for Alarm.”

ILLUSTRATION

Lee Nielsen

Lee Nielsen

www.humanate.com

Lee is a core instructor in both the Digital Illustration & Sequential Art program as well as the Digital Media Production program. He brings the rigor and discipline needed to help our students develop the necessary skills to survive in the creative professional industries. Lee’s range of experience coupled with an innate understanding of teaching makes him a powerful mentor.
Lee Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist from Calgary. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from ACAD. He has exhibited locally and nationally and has work in private collections in Canada and the United States. In addition to painting and drawing he is the sole proprietor of Humanate Enterprises, a business that deals with art, illustration, design and related projects. Other art practices involve experiments with photographs and sound/musical compositions.

ANIMATION

Logan Foster

Logan Foster

Logan’s Portfolio on Wix

Logan is an accomplished 3D and 2D Artist and Animator based in Edmonton, Alberta. With over 16 years of experience in art and production design & development for games and digital media, Logan has been contributing as a key member to dozens of original IP and contract games and animation projects over his career for multiple mediums and platforms.

Outside of his normal work duties, Logan also contributes as a private beta tester for Autodesk, has spoken at several independent game development festivals and games development. In 2009, he helped co-found GameCamp Edmonton/IGDA Edmonton, an industry organization whose goal it is to help further advocate and network the game development industry in Alberta.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

Craig Graff

Craig Graff

Craig has over thirteen years’ experience with making video games. He has worked as a professional for nine years – first at BioWare and now on my own.

His career in the video game industry started with Neverwinter Nights, where he was an active part of the modding community. At BioWare, he started in Quality Assurance but quickly moved into design where he worked on pretty much every Dragon Age title (major and minor) produced so far, including the recent Dragon Age: Inquisition.

SPECIAL GUEST INSTRUCTORS AND MENTORS

ADMINISTRATION

Owen Brierley

Executive Director

Owen took on the role of Executive Director in 2008. He has been enthusiastically developing the school’s programs and faculty. He is honoured to have so many talented and dedicated professionals share their knowledge and skills with the students at EDAC.

Owen Brierley is a Digital Media Producer based in Edmonton, Alberta for over 15 years. Owen has been pursuing media production projects that explore the forefront of blending arts and technology. Working on projects like the Citadel Theatre’s production of “Make Mine Love,” projection mapping events like Make Something Edmonton’s “Sound, Light & Vision,” or creating gigantic projected murals for La Cite Francophone’s Flying Canoe Festival, are all part of the continual pursuit of merging technology and arts into a seamless, engaging whole. Owen has worked with Alberta Education, NAIT, U of A, MacEwan University, Athabasca University, the Banff Centre, CityTV, Global Visions Film Festival, YESS, Startup Edmonton, and many others in the Edmonton community.

Owen’s roles typically involve leadership, creative facilitation, strategy, forecasting, analysis and design, and user experience design. Owen is an active speaker and champion of the digital media industry in Alberta.

Tami Ambury

Student Experience Coordinator

With a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle Eastern History at Simon Fraser University, and five additional certifications under her belt – from Teaching English as a Second Language to Yoga for Children and Teens to Bio-Energy Medicine – Tami is the epitome of a lifelong learner. Having spent the last ten years as a holistic health practitioner, while doing social media and event coordination on the side, Tami brings an array of skills to EDAC as our Student Experience Coordinator. In this newly established position, she hopes to make the lifecycle of student – from recruit, to student, to graduate looking for gainful employ – as stress free as possible.

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