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SDCT's Top 10: Year in Review

Look back on the show-stopping events, national recognition, and milestones we're celebrating from the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Buckman Center Presents A Conversation with Grimes on April 5 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in LBJ Auditorium

Grimes Explained to UT Students Why Artists Should Make Songs With Her AI-Generated Vocals

April 25, 2023

The electronic pop musician Grimes, who has lived in Austin since 2021, was initially booked to speak at UT Austin on April 5. She rescheduled due to illness for April 24. Lucky for the returning crowd, the intervening weeks allowed for percolation of a music industry kerfuffle of particular interest to the speaker.

The Buckman Center Presents A Conversation with Grimes on April 5 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in LBJ Auditorium

Indie-pop star Grimes talks AI, creativity at UT's Buckman Speaker Series

April 25, 2023

Screaming, the kind that makes you sit up in your chair, and thunderous clapping greeted electronic pop artist Grimes as she arrived for the UT Austin Buckman Speaker Series. The series is part of the still-to-be-opened Buckman Center at the University's School of Design and Creative Technologies.

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Distinguished Design Lecturer Cheryl D. Miller to Receive Honorary Degree from Pratt Institute, Deliver Commencement Address

April 20, 2023

Dr. Cheryl D. Miller’s honorary degree will be conferred in recognition of her tremendous influence within the design profession, her commitment to end the marginalization of BIPOC designers, and her work as a theologian and revisionist historian.

Lauren Lee McCarthy during her performance of Surrogate at Fusebox Festival 2023

Review: Lauren Lee McCarthy – Surrogate Performance

April 16, 2023

In the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin, the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) sponsored Lauren Lee McCarthy, one of several artists in the Creatives on Campus series. McCarthy performed solo, her thought-provoking show Surrogate as part of Fusebox, an international alternative performing arts festival.

Graphic reads 2023 Graphic Design Rankings by Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review ranks UT Austin #1 public school for graphic design, top 2% nationally

April 14, 2023

Animation Career Review has recognized The University of Texas at Austin graphic design education as one of the best in the nation: Top 50 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges (#1); Top 50 Nationally (#11, top 2%); Top 25 in the Southwest (#1); and Top 10 in Texas (#1). 

Design professor Jiabao Li wearing a glacier inspired balloon dress at South by Southwest 2023

SXSW Recap: Design Assistant Professor Jiabao Li Premiers 'Once a Glacier,' Be an Animal Influencer

April 12, 2023

Assistant Professor of Design Jiabao Li had a busy South by Southwest this year. Throughout the conference, Li showcased her XR experience Once a Glacier and participated in two official panels.

Director of the Center for Integrated Design Gray Garmon poses with a copy of a newsprint created in Co-Designing for Peace

Co-designing for Peace class explores methods for peace in inclusive, collaborative environment

April 11, 2023

Throughout history, peace usually follows the end of war and conflict. But for Design professor Gray Garmon, Director of the Center for Integrated Design, the concept of peace could encompass a much larger scope.

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Q&A: AET Lecturer Tyler Coleman shares how students are preparing for art careers with AI

April 11, 2023

As artificial intelligence becomes more and more prevalent, Arts and Entertainment Technologies lecturer Tyler Coleman is preparing his fine arts students for a changing art industry after graduation.

MA in Design focused on Health graduate Nikhil Mahadevan and professor Tamie Glass in a classroom

What's Next with Dr. Art Markman: UT offers unique design program focused on health

April 10, 2023

Dr. Art Markman from UT Austin’s Extended Campus visits We Are Austin to discuss UT Austin's M.A. in Design focused on Health, a first-of-its-kind master’s degree program teaching students how to use human-centered design to produce innovative solutions to immediate challenges facing healthcare.

Photo of stage decked out in burnt orange and white at Discover Texas South by Southwest event

SXSW Crowds Come to ‘Discover Texas’ at UT Event

March 23, 2023

To kick off South by Southwest 2023, hundreds of UT alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff, and SXSW attendees, came together to “Discover Texas” in one of the university’s largest SXSW events ever. Students from the School of Design and Creative Technologies showcased two of their replica design projects that incorporated technology and visuals — one of a Lamborghini Countach and one of the UT Tower.