School of Game Development Faculty

David Goodwine
Chief Academic Innovation Officer and Executive Director
School of Game Development

David Goodwine is a graduate of the Academy of Art University’s animation program and a 20+ year veteran of both the film and video game industries. His credits include work as a producer, manager, and director on game projects like Legacy of Kain Defiance, the Lord of the Rings the Two Towers, the Return of the King, Project Snowblind, and Tomb Raider Legend. In 2009, David returned to the Academy of Art to help start the School of Game Development. With his extensive experience in all aspects of the game production pipeline, he co-developed a curriculum to teach concept art, animation, 3D modeling, and game design. Since 2012, David has been instrumental in not only running the department as its executive director, but also introducing new technologies like augmented and virtual reality and establishing a game programming degree. Today, David splits his time between managing the department, bringing in new technologies and partners as the Chief Academic Innovations Officer, and also broadening the scope of online education through course offerings and virtual classes that bridge the gap between onsite and remote learning. BFA and MFA graduates from the program have gone on to work at game and film companies across the industry like Electronic Arts, Activision, Epic, and Sony PlayStation.

Industry Credits:

  • Have worked in TV, Film and Games Industry for 25 years.
  • Companies I have worked for: Wild Brain, PDI/Dreamworks, Electronic Arts, Crystal Dynamics
  • Created the first website with a team of 5 for the release of Shrek.
  • Commercials worked on: Wonka Candy: Fun Dip, Laffy Taffy, Nerds; KFC Dancing Colonel; Ritz Crackers.
  • Movies worked on: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do Right, Legend of Bagger Vance, Evolution, Shrek
  • Games worked on: The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Project Snowblind, 25 to Life, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary Edition
  • TV Shows worked on: Poochini


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