The GAMMA Program Hosts Spring 2016 Digital Demo Day

The University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program hosted the Spring 2016 Digital Demo Day (DDD) event on Wednesday, May 11th. The event showcased student-made content created throughout the semester in courses in the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies (CAET), College of Fine Arts (CoFA), Computer Science (CS), and Radio-Television-Film Department.

Digital Demo Day (Photo by Lawrence Peart)

The DDD event occurred in the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC). During the event, attendees were able to view and interact with work from students in majors across campus, including a wide variety of Android and iOS apps produced in CS mobile computing courses and 2D and 3D digital animation and art from the recently launched CAET. The final DDD exhibition was the five completely original 3D games made in the GAMMA Program’s Capstone Course.

“I was truly impressed with the design and production values of this semester’s Capstone Course games,” said Jerry Bowerman, Chief Executive Officer at sonarDesign (also, Industry Chair of the GAMMA Executive Board). “The students’ fresh approaches to collaboration and competition, UI, and level design made the games fun and exciting.”

Afterward, the GAMMA Program held the semester-end Student and Industry Appreciation Party at SW7. Students were able to discuss their work further with 30+ game development industry professionals from companies like Aspyr Media, BioWare, EA, Everi, and Unity.

“Digital Demo Day is a great reward for all the hard work put in during the semester,” said Christina Curlee, Studio Art major, UT College of Fine Arts. “Getting together, seeing and sharing all the amazing projects really encourages a community atmosphere and peaks interest in all the tech/entertainment courses UT has to offer.”

The next DDD will be held in Fall 2016.

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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://gammaprogram.utexas.edu or contact Cameron M. Weed.