Collection of posts about courses, deadlines, announcements and opportunities within Arts and Technology.
Dr. Anne Balsamo has been named as the inaugural dean of the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas. Balsamo is a scholar, educator, entrepreneur and designer of new media whose research and interactive projects explore the cultural possibilities of emergent media technologies. Her recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work, offers a manifesto for rethinking the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 21st century.
The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication has been recognized by The Princeton Review for its game design programs. UT Dallas has made the Princeton top 25 list every year since 2010
If you’ve already looked at the summer and fall schedules in Coursebook, you probably noticed that we have quite a few changes. We have many new courses in the 2016 catalog. Starting this fall, we have Networked Identities (EMAC 4350), Emerging Media and Identity (EMAC 6350), and Social Science Perspectives of Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC 6375).
A creative director mimics running in slow motion as artists around him take notes, brainstorming ideas for character movement. Executive producers meet with the engineering team in the corner, reviewing the latest software build. Level designers in another room sketch the many environments to be included in the game.
For media artist, author, and UT Dallas Associate Professor xtine Burrough, art-making is altruistic and multidimensional. Her eye for deconstructing and reconstructing media to generate new perceptions of form and function are blended with classroom experience and corporate knowledge as a former Web Designer.
When Madison “Madi” Hess crosses the stage at UT Dallas commencement ceremonies this week, she will be participating with magna cum laude honors in theemerging media and communication (EMAC) program. But she also leaves a legacy as a standout student-athlete. At an institution more known for academics than athletics, Hess has excelled in both — and she has the championship ring to prove it.
We hope you’ve cleared any holds you may have in Galaxy because it’s time to register for Spring 2016 courses. As always, you can find course listings in Coursebook (coursebook.utdallas.edu), and you can access your registration appointment time in Galaxy. The following course descriptions may help you choose among courses emphasizing specific topics this spring:
The Summer and Fall 2015 schedules are now live in Coursebook, and registration begins on Monday, April 6. You can find your registration appointment time in Orion. As you look at your options for Fall 2015, you will find that the esteemed STAFF is covering a remarkable number of courses. STAFF is not some new AI tool that … Continue reading Summer and Fall 2015 EMAC Courses →
The UT Dallas ATEC Creative Automata Lab, under the direction of Dr. Paul Fishwick, has submitted a video entry to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering Video Contest. The video shows the innovative work of the lab to create personalized learning experiences by representing complex systems through multiple models.
ATEC freshman Emma Mathes’ design of Quasar, a superhero who can create pockets of intense gravity, earned her a $1,000 Clark Van Pelt Scholarship from Element X, a motion design studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.
The University of Texas at Dallas is creating a new school focused on arts, technology and emerging communication after the UT System Board of Regents approved the move Thursday.
The Arts & Technology Scholarship is funded by the Metroplex Technology Business Council 2008 Tech Titan Award and the Greater Texas Foundation. The award is a total of $2000 for one year towards tuition, or $1000 per Fall and Spring semester.
Edith O’Donnell, longtime visionary and patroness of the arts and education, has made a contribution of $17 million to create the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. The purpose of the investment is to elevate art history at UT Dallas to a nationally pre-eminent stature.
‘Traditional’ isn’t something that comes to mind when thinking about the EMAC program. For Lari Tanner, the image of a traditional university setting looked something similar to her previous experience where professors cared more about lecturing at students than interacting with them. In the fall of 2013, Lari became a Masters student in the Emerging … Continue reading Mother & Daughter Making EMAC a Family Tradition →
For the third year in a row, UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program was named by The Princeton Review as one of the top graduate game design program in the nation. The list, “Top Schools To Study Video Game Design For 2014,” salutes 39 institutions for their outstanding game design education programs. The full list is available … Continue reading Princeton Review Ranks Game Design Program Among Top in Nation →
Ellen Curtis joined EMAC and ATEC as the graduate advisor for students studying in the masters program. Though new to ATEC and EMAC, Ellen is no stranger to working with students from UT Dallas. For nearly eight years she worked in the School of Engineering and Computer Science department advising for the undergraduate program. Ellen … Continue reading Meet Ellen Curtis – Graduate Advisor for EMAC & ATEC →
The “Visual Sample and Remix” course aims to answer two questions: “What can we see?” and “Where does it come from?” In ATEC, we need to answer these questions to understand and do visual innovation. The course will “look” into questions such as: Does Anakin’s mother replace Michelangelo’s Christ? Are Sean Connery and Obi-Wan Kenobi … Continue reading New ATEC Course Explores How to “See” →
ATEC 6375 “Topics in Emerging and Cognitive Design: Creating Autonomous Technology” with Dr. Marjorie Zielke. Coined by Langdon Winner, autonomous technology (A.T.) refers to technologies that operate on their own. In this NEW course, students will learn about: Humanoid robots and other hardware and software designed to work hand and hand with humans but operate … Continue reading ATEC Course Explores Creating Autonomous Technology →
Advisors in the School of Arts and Humanities admitted they had some misgivings about asking freshmen to develop and organize a class volunteer project entirely on their own. The project was assigned as part of Arts and Humanities (ARHM) 1100 and University (UNIV) 1010, courses in the Freshman Year Experience program that teaches freshmen how … Continue reading Arts and Humanities Freshmen Take Ownership of Volunteer Projects →
If you’re having trouble choosing among the three topics courses available this spring, the following course descriptions may help you weigh your options: In COMM 3342.001 (TR 1:00-2:15), Janet Johnson will teach Crowdsourcing Information Gathering. This course explores crowdsourcing as an information-gathering and problem-solving tool in journalistic, business, and creative contexts. After grounding the course in a theoretical understanding … Continue reading EMAC Courses Focus on Crowds, Media and Culture →
What do a pool being built in the middle of a New York City river, Veronica Mars and a hoodie guaranteed to last 10 years all have in common? They were all made possible via a popular crowd funding platform called Kickstarter, a website that lets creatives reach out directly to the public and raise … Continue reading ATEC Course to Explore Crowd Funding →
Applications are required to enroll in any of three new, advanced game courses being offered in the fall: Game Development 2, Game Design 2, and Virtual Environments 2. The deadlines for interested students to submit their applications have been extended, and are now rolling deadlines, which means the applications will be reviewed as soon as they … Continue reading Deadlines Extended to Apply for Advanced Game Courses →
This fall, three new undergraduate courses will be offered in the area of game design and development: ATEC 4367: Game Development 2, ATEC 4368: Game Design 2, and ATEC 4373: Virtual Environments 2. Due to the advanced nature of these courses, and to formalize instructor permissions across the gaming area, all of these courses require … Continue reading Applications Now Required for New Advanced Game Courses →
The Arts & Technology Scholarship is funded by the Metroplex Technology Business Council 2008 Tech Titan Award and the Greater Texas Foundation. The award is a total of $2000 for one year towards tuition, or $1000 per Fall and Spring semester. REQUIREMENTS: Students must be Arts & Technology or Emerging Media & Communication majors Scholarships … Continue reading Scholarship Opportunity for ATEC/EMAC Students →
ATEC to Industry will feature a panel discussion and networking with industry professionals and ATEC alumni. Pizza will be provided. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6-7:30 pm in Residence Hall North, 2nd floor Multipurpose Room. Panel Discuss Samantha Bratton, 2D/3D Artist at Game Circus Steven Strobel, Technical Artist at Gearbox Chris Oliver, 3D Animator … Continue reading ATEC to Industry: Network with Industry Professionals and Alums →
As the Arts and Technology program continues to grow, three new faculty will join the program in spring 2013. A variety of new courses will be offered. View the full listing of ATEC and EMAC courses on CourseBook. New Courses A variety of new courses will be offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. ATEC 4370 Topics in … Continue reading New Courses, Faculty for Spring 2013 →
The Council of Undergraduate Education recently passed a policy to eliminate advanced electives from all undergraduate degree plans. This change goes into effect immediately. Here’s how this affects you: In the Past By definition an advanced elective had to be at least six hours of advanced electives – 3000 or 4000 level and outside your major … Continue reading Changes to Advanced Electives →
The Department of Energy (DoE) is offering summer internship for game design students. The DoE Gaming Project affords students the opportunity to gain hands on experience and development in the fields of science, engineering, technology and more. Overview Disciplines: Game Development, Computer Science, Software Engineering and Graphic Design Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate students and U.S. Citizens … Continue reading Department of Energy Offers Internships in Game Design →
Applications are now being accepted for the Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund. Two $2,500 scholarships are available for the 2012-2013 academic school year. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 2008 to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the … Continue reading Randy Pausch Scholarship Available →
Voting has begun for Animation Guild Officers. Below is a list of nominees: President Scott Ungchusri Greg Slagel Megan Tan Vice President April Pruitt Megan Tan Michael Bonnell Susan Lee Secretary Megan Tan Sarah Simes Kathleen Tran Treasurer April Pruitt Megan Tan Voting ends May 31, 2012. The elected president’s first task will be to … Continue reading Vote Now for Animation Guild Officers →
New graduate courses in Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communication will be introduced in the 2012-2014 catalog. Some of these courses will be offered beginning fall 2012. See your academic advisor for more detailed information on how these changes relate to your degree plan. New Courses ATEC 6344 History and Culture of Games ATEC 6346 … Continue reading New Graduate Courses for 2012-2014 Catalog →
Fall 2012 will debut a new structure to the animation part of the Arts and Technology curriculum. Several prerequisites will change, and the ability to explore the various areas within animation will be easier. However, change does not often occur without confusion and adjustment. A new introductory course will be offered, ATEC 2326 Computer Animation … Continue reading Upcoming Changes to ATEC Animation Curriculum →
New courses in Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communication will be introduced in the 2012-2014 catalog. Some of these courses will be offered beginning fall 2012. See your academic advisor for more detailed information on how these changes relate to your degree plan. Review the paths for Animation and Game Design students. New … Continue reading New Undergrad Courses for 2012-2014 Catalog →
Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communication students and alumni are encouraged to attend the Spring Career Expo, sponsored by the UT Dallas Career Center. The expo will take place in the UT Dallas Activity Center Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The following employers are recruiting Arts and Technology students/alumni: Plasma … Continue reading Students, Alumni Encouraged to Participate in Spring Career Expo →
Undergraduate Arts and Technology or Emerging Media and Communication students may apply for a scholarship funded by the Metroplex Technology Business Council 2008 Tech Titan Award and the Greater Texas Foundation. Download an application The award will be a total of $2,000 for one year towards tuition, or $1,000 per fall and spring semester. All applications … Continue reading Applications Welcome for Undergrad Arts and Technology Scholarship →
Year After Debut, Residence Hall Groups Get High Marks from Students, Staff When the University Village residence hall opened in fall 2009, the 148,000-square-foot building offered more than just private bedrooms and ping-pong tables: It allowed a space for like-minded collegians to congregate under one roof and study, volunteer and have fun together. These new Living Learning Communities—in … Continue reading Learning Communities Pay Multiple Dividends →
Seminars and Guest Speakers Enrich Experience in New Residence Hall Jan. 29, 2010 Living Learning Communities (LLC) at UT Dallas are off to a busy start after their first semester in the University’s new residence hall. Community members have attended seminars given by experts in their fields of interest and interacted closely with UT Dallas faculty … Continue reading Living Learning Communities Have a Busy Debut →
What if many of the touch points along a product’s journey from concept to creation were friendlier to the environment? What if the marketing mechanisms designed to encourage consumption of products were more environmentally conscious? A graduate course in the School of Arts and Humanities is examining the underlying business issues of an increasingly networked … Continue reading ATEC Course Looks at Green Trends in E-Business →
Courses Will Focus on Web-Based Communications, Content Development The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) this fall will add a new area of study to its popular arts and technology degree program — emerging media and communications. Courses in the track will address evolving forms of media and … Continue reading UTD’s Arts and Technology Degree Program Will Add Emerging Media Track This Fall →
The Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) later this month will take its highly acclaimed program on the road — to the Mexican Research Center for Mathematics (known as CIMAT) in Guanajuato, Mexico — with a course in computer animation and Internet graphics. The class, which begins … Continue reading UTD Arts and Technology Program Hits the Road →
Computer Animation Visionary Dr. Tom Linehan Joins UTD as Professor, Director of New Institute for Interactive Arts and Technology
Dr. Thomas E. Linehan, a visionary in the field of computer animation, has joined The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as a professor of aesthetic studies and director of UTD’s newly formed Institute for Interactive Arts and Technology. UTD’s School of Arts and Humanities and its Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science … Continue reading Computer Animation Visionary Dr. Tom Linehan Joins UTD as Professor, Director of New Institute for Interactive Arts and Technology →