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Icelandic Businesses Help Launch New Courses

By Iceland Review

Lack of digital illustrators and textile designers in Iceland has prompted computer company CCP and fashion designer Steinunn Sigurdardóttir to help develop new courses of study at the Reykjavík School of Visual Art in cooperation with the Reykjavík Technical School.

From the 2007 EVE Online conference in Iceland. EVE Online is produced by CCP. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“Most of the stuff that goes into products like the computer games that we’re producing begins as an idea,” CEO of CCP Hilmar Veigar Pétursson told Morgunbladid.

CCP is currently working on developing a digital illustration course, while Sigurdardóttir is participating in the launch of a textile design course.

The Reykjavík School of Visual Art has received an ISK 50 million (USD 403,000, EUR 253,000) grant from the European Union’s Leonardo Program to develop and prepare these courses.

“Our experience is that when an idea for a computer illustration is born, it is best to draw it on paper before working on it in a computer program,” Pétursson explained. “The training which people get from learning how to change an idea into a drawing is very useful for us.”

“It is a skill that people in art creation have and that is where we look for employees. That is why we support all ideas that lead to this skill being strengthened in Iceland,” Pétursson said, adding that due to lack of digital illustrators in Iceland, CCP has needed to hire people from abroad.

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