David Dannelly

Game Art & Design

The Art Institute of Houston

David Dannelly

Find out what you're passionate about and push yourself beyond your own perceived limits. David Dannelly , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

Academic Credentials

M.F.A., Emerging Media, University of Central Florida
B.A., Studio Art, Florida Atlantic University

Professional experience since 2010 includes: Game Developer, Independent Studio; Technical Director, Celestial; Technical Director, Yours, Mine, Ours; 3D Artist, Virtual Prophecy Entertainment.

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I’ve been making art, games, websites, and films since middle school. But the moment that really changed my life was when I replayed Riven: The Sequel to Myst. There was something revelatory about that game’s atmosphere and world building that launched me on a career in game development.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Nobody can do everything by themselves. The entire computer-generated imagery (CGI) industry is predicated upon cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork. Making these connections and staying active in class, through online competitions and local game jams, are critical to success. Those are the people who’ll put in a good word when you’re going for that dream job.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Be dedicated. Be diligent. Be motivated.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

This field is highly competitive, so take advantage of every moment you have.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m having a blast teaching here.