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FIEA Cohort 18 Graduation Showcase
Orlando, FL – The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), the #1 rated graduate video game development program, will showcase the Cohort 18 student projects developed…
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Cohort 18 Venture Showcase
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Orlando, FL – The UCF Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) graduate game development program welcomes its 19th Cohort with 69 students to UCF Downtown at…

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More than 250+ companies have hired FIEA’s 814 alumni. How do we do it?

Our Industry Relations team has a process that every student goes through that includes things like mock interviews and resume workshops. Read our alumni & student stories to see how our alumni are making some of the biggest games and films in the world.

Alumni Jobs

Notable Alumni

Below are just a few of our notable alumni. For a full list, click here.

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    Brian DeSanti

    Blizzard Entertainment

    Senior Associate, Strategic Initiatives

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    Max Acree


    Studio Head

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    Matt Laurence

    Embark Studios

    Engagement Director

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    Nikki Roth


    Senior Technical Artist

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    Victor Lugo

    NBC/Universal Media

    Director of Interactive Entertainment

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    Karen McCarthy

    EA Tiburon

    Character Artist

Alumni Games


Notable Companies

From AAA video game studios like Blizzard to military simulation companies such as Lockheed. FIEA alumni have been hired by 250+ companies, below is just small sampling of some of those companies.

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  • Gearbox Software logo
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  • Bethesda Game Studio logo
  • Cartoon Network logo
  • DreamWorks logo
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Industry Relations

Industry Relations

FIEA has staff dedicated to seeking, developing, and maintaining industry relations with video game and other interactive entities.

Our industry relations team works in tandem with our faculty to bring top level companies to visit FIEA and aid in your professional development. The IR team brings in dozens of industry experts for workshops, talks, student interviews, and other consultations throughout the year. These TechTalks focus on sharing best practices, tips and tools of the trade, and the secrets of networking in the game industry. This added benefit to the FIEA curriculum has proven to make graduates more employable.

Services Offered

  • One-on-one resume and digital portfolio consultations
  • Resume workshops
  • Industry-specific mock interviews
  • Successful Interviewing workshop
  • Contacts at hundreds of game and simulation studios


Want to get involved?

We are always looking for additional industry partners to improve our top ranked grame program.

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Internship Opportunities

Here at FIEA, students are allowed to use the last semester of the program to leave on internship or a full-time job. We have a range of talented students looking for internships, from tool programmers, to technical artists, to level designers. We love working with companies to see what their needs are and what type of talent they are interested in hiring. We often work with companies to schedule group interviews with our students, tours of our facilities, etc. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions about our program and internships!

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Collaborative Projects

FIEA loves to partner up with local and remote companies to build collaborative projects. Beyond entertainment, our students have also collaborated with subject matter experts in building educational games, from a prototype for teaching sign language, to a surgery simulation game. Another fun project was when our students worked with the local police force in building a driving simulation to discover how to better train drivers. If you are interested in collaborating with FIEA and our students, reach out to us for more information and to schedule a tour of our facilities!

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Guest Lecturers and Instructors

At FIEA, we often schedule guest lecturers to come visit us every Friday to speak to students. We’ve had lectures from many types of companies, from Riot Games, to Gearbox Software, to Ubisoft, to Lockheed Martin. Students love the opportunity to hear from current industry professionals and to apply the lecturer’s wisdom to their own portfolios. We have also had many professional relationships develop from these lectures and interactions with the students, which is always exciting to see and be a part of. If you’re interested in guest lecturing at FIEA and learning about the process, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Guest Speakers