May 26, 2017

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A Cliffhanger, Special effects magic, A Class Act, and Bringing Zombies to Life

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One of the biggest projects at UAT right now is Help Falls, a student short horror film. The cast and crew are reaching new heights in Payson, Arizona on the set of this interactive student horror film where they filmed the opening sequence. Pictured here are Digital Video students Jordan Wippell, Killian Davies, Jake Turocy, Brandon Scott, Paul Lopez, Alex Beaver, Patrick Kebert and others. Payson is just two short hours from the technology University in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area. When finished, the unique short film will include six sub genres and not just one but 30…

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Imagination Runs a Race With Veggies

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Imagination can be very organic at UAT. No, really! New students work together to design race cars out of vegetables and race to see who built the fastest car! Don’t be fooled by the food. They’re learning quite a lot about the physics and aerodynamics involved, and cross-collaborating with a host of other academic degree programs that begins their preparation for the real world. Not to mention sparking a creative idea or two along the way.  Link to this post!Related PostsMaking Friends While Making Games Meet The New Freshmen 2017 Hot Courses Give You a Cool Edge Game Studios Friday…

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A New Take on Snake

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When you can take what’s existing and find a new way to express it, change it, and build it to create new solutions, that’s innovation. And that’s what UAT student Andrew Weisenberger (Robotics and Embedded Systems major) did. He took the classic video game concept Snake, where the player maneuvers a line that grows in length, and developed his Student Innovation Project as its base. These comprehensive student projects at UAT are a state school’s equivalent of a master’s thesis but are way more fun and end up being leading projects in each student’s portfolio when they graduate and enter the workforce. …

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Bird’s Eye View

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Students and professors gather in The Commons, the electrifying hub on the UAT campus. Whether they’re working or playing, they’re having a good time either way. UAT’s central Commons is outfitted with an abundance of computer workstations and an extensive technology infrastructure. Student and faculty learning and resource areas are designed to foster working in collegial groups, providing flexibility and much needed access to technology. An extensive library, social areas for students, the UAT Café, UAT student tutors and support staff are adjacent to enhance student life and collaborative learning. Link to this post!Related PostsEn Garde The Hub of Tech…

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Safety First!

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UAT student Garrett Tidd (Robotics and Embedded Systems) uses the heat shrink machine in the Robotics Lab to coat exposed cables to prevent the risk of being shocked. One of the many safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff. Nothing is as important as the safety and security of all members of the UAT community.  For more about UAT’s commitment to your safety, visit uat.edu/campus-security Link to this post!Related PostsUltimate Frisbee Relax with Yoga Tutor on Duty Meet the New Freshmen Testing Out DV Equipment for a Weekend Shoot

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Art and Technology in Sync

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UAT students coach ballet dancers with Ballet Arizona on motion capture techniques as they film their graceful, fluid dance moves. (Killian Davies, Jackson Dwyer, Ethan Price, Kenna Draxton, Josh Milano, Joel Albiter, Khirey Sumerall, and Amber Lewis) At this technology University, digital video and game design students gain experience in tracking and capturing live human motion, and applying those motions to digitally created characters and/or models. Often described as the Juilliard of technology, UAT recognizes the correlation between the art of dance and the art of technology. By offering a half-tuition scholarship to current Ballet Arizona dancers, we are opening…

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Learning the Art of Character Creation

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UAT student TJ Tapia (Game Art and Animation major) is working with advanced software programs in The Commons to create his character for Advanced Game Character Creation class (GAA440) taught by Professor Lynn Understiller. He’s applying his artistic knowledge and using a critical artistic eye—skills he’s learning in class—and is well on his way to becoming a skilled character modeler.  He and other students apply the techniques they learn to create hyper realistic game characters, creatures and vehicles used for Triple-A titles. Anatomy, automotive design and anthropomorphic creature construction are emphasized in this course. uat.edu/gaa Link to this post!

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From software engineer to global entrepreneur

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Meet Merritt Graves, UAT alumnus whose software engineering passion expanded into many areas of technology that today are best represented by UAT’s Business Technology and Digital Maker and Fabrication degrees. He’s earned rock star status as Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., one of the world’s leading private investment firms in New York City. It all began when his high school teacher connected him with CAD classes and ultimately to UAT. uat.edu/mgraves Link to this post!

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Time to Renew & BBQ

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UAT Resident Assistants (RAs) Jenn Taflin and Killian Davies grill burgers and hot dogs for Founder’s Hall residents who gathered for a cookout and hacky sack to celebrate another semester of campus life fun! Founder’s Hall is the center of UAT’s vibrant Residence Life Community. Situated right on campus, Founder’s Hall is just one minute across the quad from your classes and is the perfect complement to the UAT classroom experience. Learn more about life on campus. uat.edu/housing Link to this post!

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Welcoming You to Campus!

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Dr. David Bolman (left), UAT Provost, recognizes the dedicated Experience Leaders (EXL) who make new students feel welcome on campus. Because they successfully completed one full year of service, they are receiving a coveted letter of recommendation from Provost Bolman that will go into their portfolios. EXL leaders are enthusiastic, outgoing student leaders who apply and are selected by UAT to help familiarize new students with the campus, share insights about life at UAT, and help them begin to feel connected and at home. Beginning to feel welcome already? So what are you waiting for? Take a tour today. uat.edu/tour…

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