Andrew “Andy” Phelps is a professor at the Human Interface Technologies Laboratory NZ (HITLabNZ) within the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He also serves as a Professor of Art & Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is the founder of the RIT School of Interactive Games & Media, the founder of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC) and the founder of MAGIC Spell Studios at RIT, a $25M public-private partnership aimed at expanding the game, film, and media industry. He led the design and establishment of the RIT Masters of Science in Game Design & Development, as well as the Bachelors of the same name, both of which have been ranked in the top 10 in the United States since their creation as ranked by the Princeton Review.
He currently serves as president of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) which now represents over 310 colleges and universities with games curricula world wide. In the spring of 2019 Phelps is serving as a Games Scholar in Residence at the School of Communications at American University and the AU Game Lab. His latest project is Fragile Equilibrium: An Action Game of Melancholic Balance available on XBOX One, Steam, and itch.io.
He is particularly interested in game development and game art streaming subcultures, experimental and indie games, and student publishing.
Ask Andrew about: student publishing, experimental games, game art, and streaming.