June 27, 2017

Game Art Alumni Describes Dream Job as AAA Texture Artist

Game Art and Animation Alumni from University of Advancing Technology




Dennis Porter, an alumni who studied Game Art & Animation at UAT, graduated in December 2013. Since gaining experience in the field over the last few years, Dennis has learned a lot about what it takes to break into the AAA Game Industry as an artist. In case you weren’t aware, it’s quite the competitive market to land your dream job. Currently, Dennis is working as Texture Artist at Certain Affinity Game Studio in Austin, Texas, where he works on a team of four members who are responsible for creating physically accurate textures for the studio’s projects. Dennis collaborates with…

Congratulations to Alumni Daniel Sontag on Winning First Emmy Award

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Daniel Sontag, a Digital Video Alumnus who attended UAT from 2005-2009, won his first Emmy in the Lone Star Regional Emmy’s for the Promotion/ Program Award category on October 15, 2016. Daniel works as a Manager of Brand Marketing at NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the fifth largest market in the United States, which means their viewership is very saturated and has a loyal audience. NBC 5 DFW’s veteran Chief Meteorologist David Frinfrock has been with the station for 40 years, but has plans to retire in a few years. To welcome new meteorologist Rick Mitchell to the team,…

Get Your Copy of Fantasy Novel, “Origin: The Nameless Celestial,” Written by UAT Alumni Aaron R. Allen

Origin the Nameless Celestial by UAT Alumni Aaron Allen




UAT alumni Aaron Allen has created an awesome book series entitled, “The Origin Saga,” featuring book cover illustrations by UAT alumni. This series features an in-depth story line, original artwork and interesting characters. We wanted to find out more about how Aaron came up with the idea for the Fantasy novel, “Origin: The Nameless Celestial”. Find out more in our interview with Aaron below. What was your major at UAT? Aaron: My major was multi-media. However, I did take as many writing classes as possible. When did you graduate? Aaron: Way back in 2007 Can you tell us about the Fantasy…

UAT Alumni Abraham Stopani Publishes First Novel




Abraham Stopani (class of 2004) has hit the Young Adult fantasy literature scene today with his debut novel Terra Soul, under his pen name S.J. Abraham. The book focuses on Ayla, a gawky, photophobic comic book geek who abruptly discovers that the reason she doesn’t fit in on Earth is because she’s not from here. She gets transported to her homeworld of Karanik through a fold in space and she soon discovers that she’s meant to be the heir to a noble house that is embroiled in a war with an alien force and in intrigue with the other noble houses…

UAT Students Playtest Alumni Game at VR Release Party

UnderEarth by CrackerJame Games, UAT Game Studios alumni




CrackerJack Games LLC paid a visit to alma matter University of Advancing Technology to hold the first public demo of UnderEarth at an Alumni Video Game Release Party on May 19, 2016. UnderEarth is an immersive, first-person puzzle game available to play on both PC and Oculus Rift, slated to launch sales on Steam in June. The UnderEarth team flew in to Arizona from different states for the essential opportunity to gain real-time reactions and feedback from the active gaming community, what better place to find such a devoted pool of game enthusiasts, but at UAT! Game synopsis: Following Valvorta…

Alumni Game: Support Cyberpunk Casanova

Cyberpunk Casanova




UAT Alumni Godric Johnson is currently developing “Cyberpunk Casanova,” dystopian visual novel thriller set in a dark future where the decisions you make can lead to Money, Romance, Danger and even Death for indie game development company Jetstreame. The Kickstarter and Steam campaigns for Cyberpunk Casanova both went live on Valentine’s Day 2016. Cyberpunk Casanova is what we like to call a dystopian dating sim. It is our goal to create a dating sim with a western approach. To achieve this and maintain balance with what fans like about the genre, we decided to contrast the “grimdark” setting with bright…

Animation at UAT | Fruition of the Damned – Book 1: Prelude to Rapture

Fruition of the Damned Web Comic Series




UAT alumni and valedictorian Nicholas Azevedo has created an awesome web comic series entitled, “Fruition of the Damned: A World’s Tale,” which is a character-driven fantasy saga that follows four brothers who come of age in the wake of a global tragedy, sealing their fates in a quest for ultimate revenge. This masterpiece features an in-depth story line, original artwork and interesting characters. We loved the comic and wanted to find out where Nicholas and his team came up with the idea. Find out more in our interview with Nicholas below. What was your major at UAT? (Congrats on being…

Valuable Advice From Cyan Game’s Environmental Artist Blake Bjerke

Obduction by Cyan Games




UAT Game Art & Animation Alumni Blake Bjerke works as a 3D Environmental Artist at Cyan Games, which has been Blake’s dream since he was 10 years old. He attended UAT and learned everything he could as a student, but didn’t stop there. Each day he continued to work on his skills, adding more techniques and program proficiencies to his artistic arsenal. Game Development is a competitive industry. We are thrilled that Blake is willing to share his tips for success with our more than 120 Game Studios students who have been diligently creating games this semester. Read our Q&A with…

Cyber Security Students Volunteer at Black Hat & DEF CON

Black Hat volunteers




A group of UAT Network Security students and alumni were given the chance to participate in Black Hat USA 2015 as paid volunteers and were also granted free access to DEF CON 23. Black Hat is a security conference designed to attract people of all walks of life such as corporate businesses, government agencies, military, the private sector and independent security experts. This year, Black Hat USA 2015 was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, from Aug. 1-6. Thanks to UAT Net Sec Professor Russ Rogers, UAT was the only university given the chance to…