The University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program hosted the Spring 2015 Digital Demo Days (DDD) event on May 13th and 14th. The campus-wide event showcased student work in digital games, art, graphics, animation, and mobile apps created in Computer Science (CS), College of Fine Arts (CoFA), Radio-Television-Film (RTF), and Bridging Discipline Program Digital Arts and Media (BDP DAM) courses.
During the first day, 2D and 3D digital animation, motion graphics, and visual effects videos from various RTF courses were screened while student work from Writing/Narrative Design for Video Games, Interactive Media & Game Development, CG for Film & Games, and the GAMMA Program’s Capstone Course 3D games were exhibited in the Arcade. Afterward, the GAMMA Program held the Student and Industry Appreciation Party at East Side King at the Hole in the Wall. Students were able to discuss their work further with 30+ game development industry professionals.
During the second day, work from students in majors across the UT campus was exhibited. Projects ranged from an interactive environment that simulates the world of Australopithecus afarensis, an extinct hominid, to a wide variety of Android and iPhone apps produced in CS’ mobile computing courses. Again, the GAMMA Program’s Capstone 3D games were exhibited, which included three story-driven adventure games, a puzzle-centric survival horror game, and a platforming game based around grapple beam mechanics.
“Digital Demo Day originally started as a small event,” said Paul Toprac, Associate Director of the GAMMA Program, “but the event and amount of content created each semester has grown exponentially thanks to UT’s continuing investment in the exploding growth in the game, mobile, and digital media industry. Furthermore, the Appreciation Party was so successful that a rainbow acknowledged it.”
The next DDD will be held in Fall 2015.
The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program between the College of Fine Arts, Computer Science Department, and Radio-Television-Film Department. The program produces graduates ready to design, develop, and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app, and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world. For more information on the GAMMA Program, please visit http://gamedev.utexas.edu or contact Cameron M. Weed.