Attendees of an Arts and Entertainment Showcase held Thursday night at the University of Texas Foundry got an eye- and earful of projects that students in the program have been working on in areas including animation, virtual reality and 3-D projection mapping.
UT’s Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, part of the School of Design and Creative Technologies in the College of Fine Arts, will graduate its first class this month and officials say enrollment is swelling as the college adjusts to industry needs. Much of that can be attributed to the growing popularity of video games and opportunities in industries related to it.
“Our students’ interests and the need in the community are driving the growth of this program. Over 60 percent of AET students want to be in games,” said Doreen Lorenzo, assistant dean at the School of Design and Creative Technologies. “Austin is growing and the demand for talent that has both art and technology abilities is also growing.”
Bruce Pennycook, chair of the Arts and Entertainment Department, said growth of the major and the availability of the Foundry as a venue made this Showcase stand out from past events.
“We will have more than 300 students enrolled in AET this fall and we can measure the growth of the different cohorts by observing the extraordinary progress in the quality of the Showcase exhibits — richer graphics and animation, more sophisticated game designs, effective and productive team-work,” Pennycook said.
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