October 22, 2018

From Game Dev Student to Game Developer

We recently invited UAT alumnus and ArenaNet 3D Environment/Prop Artist William Tate to share his career story with our game development students.   We complied Will’s top career advice for game artists and developers below: Set realistic expectations “Look at the front page of ArtStation. Is your work of the same quality? This is who your competition is,” Will said. He added that comparing your work to your peers is important but pointed out that college is a microcosm. He made clear that the real competition is “professional artists like me and some kid in China who has been making…

Alumni Highlight: Josh Milano

Game Art Alumni Josh Milano

Game Art and Animation alumni Josh Milano was recently hired as an Image Processing Specialist at Cranial Technologies, a company providing a non-surgical treatment option for children with plagiocephaly using the with the FDA-cleared DOC Band®. What Are Your Job Responsibilities? Utilizing 3D models of patients (example: children with deformed skulls), I take the head, align it to a grid and places points for measuring length, width, and asymmetry. I, then export the data for reports. What Do You Miss About UAT? What I miss the most about UAT would be the community that helped me grow as a person. Since graduation…

UAT is Host to 2018 Phoenix Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Join the Phoenix Global Game Jam for 48-hours of game development at UAT’s tech-infused campus. Need a team? Don’t stress. There will be dev teams in need of designers, programmers and artists! Join in the fun and excitement of the Phoenix Global Game Jam, kicking off Friday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. running until time is called on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Adam Moore | amoore@uat.edu Register on Eventbrite and take a look at UAT’s Global Game…

Innovation From Day 1: Provost Challenge

Each semester, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presents new students with a challenge their first week of college, hence the Provost Challenge. The goal is to have new students show off their creativity and innovation by making something cool and complete. Yes, that project description is vague on purpose, in order to allow students the freedom to unleash their ideas, mix that with the technology we have and find out what their technology savvy minds can do! This semester was particularly cool as three groups of students presents some really awesome projects. Here are the groups and their projects. Tower Jamz…

Game Art & Animation Roots Inspire Student to Create Egyptian Asset

ancient egyptian asset created for game art and animation class

Blog post written by Game Art & Animation (GAA) student Olivia LeMaster During the GAA 220 class, I was required to create a cohesive asset that illustrated my accomplishments in either 3DS Max or Maya software. I chose to work in 3DS Max, because it is free for students to work with for up to 3 years, with proof of active student email. Here is the link if you are interested in trying out 3DS Max: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/3ds-max As a Game Art and Animation major, this kind of knowledge is key in the world of video games. In every game created, there…

What is Game Art & Animation?

Co-written by Game Art and Animation Jorge Portillo and Digital Media Maven Lauren Fach 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…

UAT Game Studios Host Summer Greenlight Celebration

Greenlight Celebration

Do you love video games? Our Game Studios students not only love to play games, but also spend a lot of time making them, too. Come see what UAT Game Studios has been up to this semester at the 2017 Summer Greenlight Celebration, an event for UAT to acknowledge the fantastic work of its students. Greenlight is a celebration of games, where students demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The Greenlight Celebration takes place on Aug. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the UAT Theater and Commons area. The UAT Game…

Summer Game Jam at UAT

Global Game Jam awards

UAT Game Studios is hosting a summer Game Jam at UAT on July 7-9, to power up the level of energy and productivity around campus. Game Jams unfold quickly in just 48-hours, giving developers a deadline of completion. UAT Professor Ben Reichert is a huge advocate for Game Jams and students starting their own indie game studio. Game Jams are held at UAT multiple times a year usually producing some really awesome games. Some notable past Game Jam winners have been Whiskered Away, Couch Game, Happy Skies and Crimson Nights, which have all seen further development. How does a Game Jam work? We spoke…

Game Professors Present VR at Science With A Twist at Arizona Science Center

Science with a Twist featuring UAT Virtual Reality and Animation at IMAX

The Arizona Science Center is blowing up the night for a special adult-only event featuring a twist on science demos and experiments, a high energy DJ, specialty drinks and a presentation on “Animation and Virtual Reality” by UAT Game Studios Professors Jorge Portillo and Ben Reichert, who just returned from a week at E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo in California. UAT’s VR slide show presentation, which will be held in the IMAX Theater, will include information about UAT degrees in Game Design, Game Programming, Art and Animation and Virtual Reality. Professor Portillo, who specializes in game art, will touch on…

Southwest Video Game Showcase Winners

Southwest Video Game Showcase at Phoenix Comicon

UAT Game studios students and alumni featured indie games for four days at Phoenix Comicon at the 4th annual Southwest Video Games Showcase (SWVGS), presented by Game CoLab. “Game CoLab proudly presented its 4th annual video games showcase, highlighting awesome games from Arizona and beyond.” -UAT Professor Ben Reichert The Southwest Video Games Showcase was an opportunity for the public to meet the game developers, play their games, and sit in on industry panels, vote on awards and more. SWVGS was held May 25-28, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon in the Hall of Heroes, among celebrities and other…