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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.

Members of Longhorn Gaming testing out the new Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena

Esports Arena Unlocks Learning Opportunities

October 25, 2023

The new 3,400-square-feet Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena outfitted with high-performance Alienware equipment transformed the historic Texas Union Underground into a place to game, compete and find community. Listen to this 3-minute story featuring Arts and Entertainment Technologies Chair Michael Baker to hear why Longhorns and academic partners are excited about the arena’s possibilities to unlock learning opportunities in creative technologies and other industries.

David Sheilds posing in front of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection during his visit in Fall 2023

Hot Off the Press: Former Design Faculty David Shields Talks Preserving Wooden Legacy of the RRK

October 23, 2023

Last week, Shields returned to the Forty Acres to discuss his 408-page book The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection: A History and Catalog at the Harry Ransom Center. In his book and research blog, Shields explores Kelly’s history with the collection, the stylistic development of wood type, and the textual history of each typeface.

Portrait of Michael Ray Charles

Design Professor Michael Ray Charles Among 2023/2024 Texas State Artists

October 17, 2023

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) recently announced the 2023 and 2024 Texas State Musicians, Poet Laureates, and Artists. These designations are made for “the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas.”

Sydney Parks headshot

New Faculty Member Q&A: Sydney Parks, Assistant Professor of Practice

October 12, 2023

Sydney Parks is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of virtual and physical space. Currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Texas in Austin, she has previously taught as a Teaching Fellow in painting, drawing, and virtual reality art at the University of Houston. Learn more about Sydney in this Q&A.

Daphne Hancock in white medical coat next to image of a stethoscope

Dell Med, Round Two: Meet Daphne Hancock, M.D., MPH

October 5, 2023

Daphne Hancock, M.D., MPH, was inspired by the compassionate care delivered by residents and faculty members during her time as a medical student at Dell Med. Now she has the opportunity to continue to provide care for and invest in the Austin community as an internal medicine resident.

Jiabao Li and her team record sounds of the glacier used in the multisensory VR film Once a Glacier

Animal Agency in the Anthropocene

October 4, 2023

Assistant Professor Jiabao Li's futurism is guided by the dignity of other beings. (Previously published in Arts Next 2023)

Replica of a Lamborghini Countach created by Arts and Entertainment Technologies students in collaboration with Texas Performing Arts Fabrication Studios and dadalab

Immersive Showcases and Interactive Experiences with School of Design and Creative Technologies

October 4, 2023

The School of Design and Creative Technologies showcased its live design work in multiple large-scale events on campus and in Austin this year. Here are some highlights. (Previously published in Arts Next 2023)

Arts and Entertainment Technologies professor Matt Smith and student Jayden Chavez smile at the camera while programming lighting at the 2022 Bee Cave BuzzFest

From Tall Ladders to Wiz Khalifa: Professor Matt Smith’s Destiny to Design

October 3, 2023

On the first day of his high school technical theater class, Professor Matt Smith’s teacher pointed up. 17-year-old Smith craned his head back to the theater’s high ceiling and observed what would be life-changing light fixtures. His teacher informed the class that, simply put, people have careers in designing the movement and placement of lights.

Collage of headshots from new faculty in the College of Fine Arts for the 2023 2024 academic year

Meet new faculty in the College of Fine Arts for 2023-24

September 26, 2023

The College of Fine Arts welcomed 13 new professional faculty members for 2023-24, including Assistant Professor of Practice in Arts and Entertainment Technologies Kyle Evans and Assistant Professor of Practice in Design Sydney Parks.

Professor Jiabao Li and MFA in Design student Brad Hakes receiving their awards at the 2023 Biodesign Challenge Summit at MoMA

Double-trophy victory for SDCT! Professor Jiabao Li and M.F.A. student Brad Hakes awarded at Biodesign Challenge Summit 2023

September 25, 2023

This summer, SDCT tackled record-breaking temperatures and swept industry-leading awards. Jiabao Li (Assistant Professor of Design) won Outstanding Instructor at the Biodesign Challenge Summit (BDC) 2023. Her student Brad Hakes (M.F.A. in Design) secured Runner-Up for the competition with his project “Orbweaver.”