he says. “We can actually invent stuff in these fields that become
important areas of research for graduate students.”
Collaborating with area institutions is also integral, notes
Bonnie Pittman, co-director of UTD’s year-old Center for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Museums. For instance, ATEC students
drafted a list of suggested projects for the Perot Museum of Nature
and Science and are documenting the Nasher Sculpture Center’s
XChange exhibition in video and photos for digital content. “All
of this is about trying to figure out where the connections are and
putting people together in creative ways and encouraging them to
work together,” Pittman says.
Every ATEC student studies computer science, imaging, and
graphics as well as traditional drawing, design, and photography.
After core courses, they specialize in 3D animation, game design,
virtual environments, interaction design, or sound design.
Graduates have been hired by diverse firms including Baylor Health
Care, DreamWorks SKG, Pixar, Southwest Airlines, Walt Disney
Animation, and others.
EMAC degrees require courses in computer imaging, sound
design, and digital writing plus social science, psychology, and
communication to prepare professionals for journalism, public
relations, and advertising. Linehan says his biggest problem is
finding qualified EMAC teachers, because, he jokes, “The experts
Opened in late September, the 155,000-square-foot building
is in the campus’s center. It overlooks lovely magnolia allées and
reflecting pools designed by the acclaimed Peter Walker as a gift
from Margaret McDermott, who has close ties to UTD. Her late
husband, Eugene, established the school as a research center in 1961
with fellow Texas Instruments founders Cecil H. Green and J. Erik
Jonsson. One of ATEC’s grassy courtyards displays a curvaceous
mirrored stainless steel X sculpture by Liz Larner, one of 10 pieces
in the Nasher XChange citywide exhibit through Feb. 16.
“X is a form that represents change—it’s a variable,” Larner
points out. “The computer will allow so many new shapes and forms
in this world. X was all done with 3D modeling and computers, and
this is going to be the place to do that.” P
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