December 14, 2017

  • 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…

  • Playtest at ELine Media

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

    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

    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…

  • EcoDefense, An Art & Animation Student’s Game Concept to Inspire Greener Living

    By: Brenda Najera, UAT Game Art & Animation Student My goal here at UAT is to create a game that will branch out past gamers and reach a broader audience and show everyone how meaningful a game can be while also giving them a thought provoking message that would then hopefully inspire something great in them. I hope to achieve this goal with the project I am currently working on now. The game project called EcoDefense. The game puts you in the perspective of the main character, a small Martian girl that lives on a planet much like ours. One…

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…

EcoDefense, An Art & Animation Student’s Game Concept to Inspire Greener Living

Nov 28, 2017

By: Brenda Najera, UAT Game Art & Animation Student My goal here at UAT is to create a game that will branch out past gamers and reach a broader audience and show everyone how meaningful a game can be while also giving them a thought provoking message that would then hopefully inspire something great in them. I hope to achieve this goal with the project I am currently working on now. The game project called EcoDefense. The game puts you in the perspective of the main character, a small Martian girl that lives on a planet much like ours. One…

Lunarsea by Live in the Game Studios, UAT Game Design alumni

Indie Alumni Game Studio Live in the Game Releases New Game “Lunarsea”

Nov 21, 2017

Live in the Game, an alumni indie game studio, is especially excited about the recent release of their first published title “Lunarsea©,” which began development at the Global Game Jam in January 2017. Lunarsea© is a mobile/PC game aiding Cthulhu on his quest to steal the moon; Wry Reveries™, a point-and-click adventure game following the famous Edgar Allan Poe in a fictional series; and Model Weapons Expert™, where you follow a PTSD ex-soldier in a PC and VR world that is coming later in development. See a highlight here from RealOtakuGamer.com. Cthulhu is on the run after stealing the moon!…

Curt Cornum VP of Insight

VP of Insight Enterprises, Curt Cornum To Speak at UAT

Nov 21, 2017

Curt Cornum, Vice President and Chief Architect of Insight Enterprises shares his knowledge with UAT students in a special speaking engagement on Monday, Dec. 4. Cornum plans to speak on the topic, “Creating Real-time Business Solutions in the Age of Innovation,” which will broadly discuss the waves of innovative technologies are rolling in faster than ever before. This session will also examine aspects of these waves and share how several companies are responding with platform-based solutions that optimize operations while also creating new revenue streams. Please join Curt Cornum and UAT students, faculty and staff for this special event! Who:…