Game design, 3D animation, commercial music and more. Samford School of the Arts Expansions


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The growth is coming to Samford’s School of the Arts in the form of two new programs. Submitted photo

Samford School of the Arts is adding two new programs this fall to meet the needs of the growing arts industries. The new commercial music, game design and 3D animation programs were developed by industry professionals who joined Samford last summer. Read on for more details on these exciting additions to their current program.

Growth ahead at Samford School of the Arts

2020 will be a year of growth for Samford’s School of the Arts. They are implementing new programs and making investments that will deepen the curriculum in traditional fields of study and expand opportunities that reflect more contemporary career paths.

Students will have many options ranging from theater and directing, technical theater, youth theater, dance, music, music and worship, graphic design, architecture to interior, studio art and Christian ministry, as well as two new degrees: Commercial Music and Game Design and 3D Animation.

3D Animation and Game Design Program Added to Samford Art and Design Majors Division

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Samford’s art and design division continues to expand its offering with committed faculty who teach both artists and mentors. Students gain a foundation in art and explore other creative fields, including studio art, graphic design, and interior architecture.

One of the recent additions to the Art and Design Division is a new 3D animation and game design program. Digital designer Wink Winkler has joined the faculty to lead this program. He brings with him his knowledge of the industry and will teach specialized skills in animation, 2D, 3D and game design.

Digital designer Wink Winkler has joined Samford faculty to lead the new 3D animation and game design program. Submitted photo

His resume is impressive, with experience at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida; Amazon TV; and iHeart Radio, to name a few. Its aim is to build a solid foundation in both art and technology so that students are ready to forge their own path.

“In our industry a lot of what we do is project based, so sometimes I work on just one job, and other times I can juggle 15 that have short and long due dates. term.”


In many ways, much of higher education is catching up with this ever-changing industry, but with the addition of this program, Samford students will be equipped with the skills and technological tools necessary to be ready for employment a once graduated. Find more details about the program on their website.

Commercial Music Program added to Samford’s School of the Arts

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Samford’s Music Division is focused on providing talented teachers who can mentor and develop their students to their full potential, both as a musician and as a person as a whole. When planning the new Commercial Music degree, they looked for a candidate who gave their students the pulse of the industry.

Artist and producer Steven Potaczek joined Samford Faculty last fall to enter the Commercial Music Program in the Music Division. After a year of planning, it was officially approved by the Board of Directors on May 5, 2020.

From producing music for big names like The Band Perry and Skillet to collaborating with organizations like MTV and National Geographic, Potaczek brings more than two decades of music production expertise to the classroom.

Artist and producer Steven Potaczek joined Samford Faculty last fall to enter the Commercial Music Program in the Music Division. Submitted photo

His songs have been featured on favorite television channels like Parks and Rec and New Girl, he has toured nationally, and he has also received numerous industry accolades.

“My goal is to help the students leave this place and fly. These courses are truly a way to help students achieve their unique career goals. The courses offered in Commercial Music teach students the artistic, technological, and entrepreneurial skills they need to not only survive in today’s rapidly changing landscape, but also to thrive.

Steven potaczek

Starting in Fall 2020, Potaczek will be teaching songwriting, recording, music business and performance classes that will blend well with the current program and music offerings. Find more information about Samford’s music program.

More details

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Current and incoming students can take advantage of these new programs. For students interested in applying to Samford, the application opens August 1.

Interested? Contact Samford Arts recruiter Katie Overturf by email at [email protected] or make a virtual appointment to learn more about these and other programs offered by the School of the Arts.

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