January 16, 2018

  • game producer at monolith

    The Life of a Game Producer Featuring Alumni Erin Ali

    Alumni Erin Ali graduated from UAT in 2007 with a Multimedia Degree. Today she has a career as an Online/Social Producer at Monolith Productions working on “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Her job duties include running schedule and production for the Online and Business Development Team. At a high-level her job encompasses all server-driven features, working with the game publisher and multiple external teams for platform and BI support and building/driving the post-ship live plan with Marketing and Community. Because Erin studied Multimedia classes at UAT, she got exposure to roles/disciplines in industry that…

  • What is Game Art & Animation?

    Co-written by Game Art and Animation Jorge Portillo. Game Art and Animation (GAA) is a creative field in video game development. Without character art, would you feel as connected to a character? Without a realistic game world, what would pull a player into a game for hours and hours? Game art maps out a vision of how games will look, move and feel. Game artists make everything you see in a game world. At UAT, students with a passion for game art learn to create and animate environments, characters, textures, props and collision objects utilizing 2D and 3D platforms by industry-experienced…

  • Chill Out VR Snowball Fight for Arizona Tech Council mixer- created by Monster Vault Entertainment

    VR Snowball Fight Created by Game Alumni Monster Vault Entertainment

    UAT Game Studios students and alumni from Monster Vault Entertainment Studio will demo a VR snowball fight game called Chill Out, at Arizona Tech Council’s Tech the Hall’s After5 Tech Mixer. Chill Out is a multiplayer virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive developed by Monster Vault Entertainment. Up to 6 players can engage in a free-form snowball fight set in a snowy Holiday themed arena. Chill Out is unprecedented, as it makes use of Google’s cloud computing platform SpatialOS. This game is the first persistent virtual reality title using this technology. Monster Vault Entertainment’s focus on…

  • Augmented Reality

    Augmented Reality – What You See Is… Amazing!

    Blog post written by: UAT Computer Science Professor Jill Coddington We started with Virtual Reality (VR), primarily for games but we have come so far since then. There are very definite differences between VR and Augmented Reality (AR). VR creates its own world that the user can interact with. AR uses the real world and adds to it, still allowing the user to interact. Today Augmented Reality (AR) is the live augmentation (directly or indirectly) of what you see and possibly what you hear. In other words, as you walk down the street, what you see beyond what is there…

  • Instinct Short Film

    “Instinct” Military Survival Film Wins Two Awards

    UAT Digital Video alumni Killian Davies is excited to share updates on his short film, Instinct, a military survival film shot this year. Since Killian graduated from UAT in May 2017, his film has been busy! He entered Instinct in a couple of film festivals and has been recognized twice for its awesome content. The film won “Drama Student Short” at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition, Instinct also just won “Best Drama” at the Los Angeles Film Awards. “I am very proud of the Instinct team for already winning two separate awards: “Drama Student Short” at HIMPFF, and “Best Drama” at the…

game producer at monolith

The Life of a Game Producer Featuring Alumni Erin Ali

Jan 11, 2018

Alumni Erin Ali graduated from UAT in 2007 with a Multimedia Degree. Today she has a career as an Online/Social Producer at Monolith Productions working on “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Her job duties include running schedule and production for the Online and Business Development Team. At a high-level her job encompasses all server-driven features, working with the game publisher and multiple external teams for platform and BI support and building/driving the post-ship live plan with Marketing and Community. Because Erin studied Multimedia classes at UAT, she got exposure to roles/disciplines in industry that…

What is Game Art & Animation?

Dec 20, 2017

Co-written by Game Art and Animation Jorge Portillo. Game Art and Animation (GAA) is a creative field in video game development. Without character art, would you feel as connected to a character? Without a realistic game world, what would pull a player into a game for hours and hours? Game art maps out a vision of how games will look, move and feel. Game artists make everything you see in a game world. At UAT, students with a passion for game art learn to create and animate environments, characters, textures, props and collision objects utilizing 2D and 3D platforms by industry-experienced…

Chill Out VR Snowball Fight for Arizona Tech Council mixer- created by Monster Vault Entertainment

VR Snowball Fight Created by Game Alumni Monster Vault Entertainment

Dec 14, 2017

UAT Game Studios students and alumni from Monster Vault Entertainment Studio will demo a VR snowball fight game called Chill Out, at Arizona Tech Council’s Tech the Hall’s After5 Tech Mixer. Chill Out is a multiplayer virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive developed by Monster Vault Entertainment. Up to 6 players can engage in a free-form snowball fight set in a snowy Holiday themed arena. Chill Out is unprecedented, as it makes use of Google’s cloud computing platform SpatialOS. This game is the first persistent virtual reality title using this technology. Monster Vault Entertainment’s focus on…

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality – What You See Is… Amazing!

Dec 6, 2017

Blog post written by: UAT Computer Science Professor Jill Coddington We started with Virtual Reality (VR), primarily for games but we have come so far since then. There are very definite differences between VR and Augmented Reality (AR). VR creates its own world that the user can interact with. AR uses the real world and adds to it, still allowing the user to interact. Today Augmented Reality (AR) is the live augmentation (directly or indirectly) of what you see and possibly what you hear. In other words, as you walk down the street, what you see beyond what is there…

Instinct Short Film

“Instinct” Military Survival Film Wins Two Awards

Dec 5, 2017

UAT Digital Video alumni Killian Davies is excited to share updates on his short film, Instinct, a military survival film shot this year. Since Killian graduated from UAT in May 2017, his film has been busy! He entered Instinct in a couple of film festivals and has been recognized twice for its awesome content. The film won “Drama Student Short” at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition, Instinct also just won “Best Drama” at the Los Angeles Film Awards. “I am very proud of the Instinct team for already winning two separate awards: “Drama Student Short” at HIMPFF, and “Best Drama” at the…

Playtest at ELine Media

UAT Game Students Playtest Game for Local Developer E-Line Media

Dec 4, 2017

On Friday, Game Professors Hue Henry and Jorge Portillo took 10 UAT students to E-Line Media to playtest one of their up-and-coming titles. E-Line Media is a local game developer that creates “Games for Change.” They are best known for their titles “Never Alone,” “Gamestar Mechanic” and “MINECRAFTEDU.” Students were able to experience the game testing world by interacting with multiple phases of the game, applying feedback verbally and through surveys. “It was great to see UAT build a relationship with such and impactful developer that is making games for the greater good of the community,” Professor Portillo said. Link…

Importance of Professional Networking

Nov 30, 2017

By: Dr. Mark S. Smith, Business Technology Program Champion We spend most of our lives gaining knowledge and learning from our experiences. Our wisdom gained is essential for performing a wealth of duties or tasks for various job roles and even entrepreneurship. These skills and abilities are priceless and have been forged by making mistakes, getting educated and experiencing life. We spend so much time preparing and tooling ourselves for what life may bring hoping for a career that will give us fulfillment and financial security. Having hope is great as it is a positive reinforcement but there is something…