September 21, 2021
Peter Gend has spent much of his life working in the three areas he loves- Education, Animation and Game Design. Peter had the good fortune of growing up during the rise of the video game industry and the inception of digital computer effects - spurring him on to one of the earliest degrees in computer animation offered in Southern California. Peter spent many years working on projects such as The Simpsons,The Fantastic Four, Sex and the City, The Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and over 40 other feature films,TV shows, and video games. After teaching his first class in Game Design, Peter gained a love for higher education and has since obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Animation and Visual Effects and has gone on to teach at nearly a dozen schools including The Rochester Institute of Technology, Cal State Los Angeles, Mt. San Antonio College, Columbia College Hollywood, and the Art Institutes. In higher education, Peter has held roles as Full Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Department Chair, Program Coordinator,Academic Director, Associate Dean of the Arts, and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. In addition to his work in Education and the Digital Arts, Peter is also an avid sculptor, rapid prototyping enthusiast, and devotes his time to the study and preservation of animation and video game history.