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University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.

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    Life Saving Skills Learned at C2 Event


    Training for Situations, Hoping They Never Happen On Monday, May 16, 2022, UAT student Emilio Cress and Professor ...

    Training for Situations, Hoping They Never Happen

    On Monday, May 16, 2022, UAT student Emilio Cress and Professor Aaron Jones participated in a local escape and evasion course put on by C2Tactical, a local range and training facility. Students were afforded an opportunity to learn about several methods of restraint that have been used in kidnappings and methods by which those restraints could be broken or otherwise defeated. This included zip ties, duct tape, handcuffs, and rope. A briefing on the types of restraints, their uses and weaknesses, and the methods by which they are deployed by the bad guys was demonstrated through both presentation as well as hands on experience.

    "I like the fact that we can empower our students with skills that could potentially save their lives. We talk about cyber security every day, but the world is a dangerous place and it seems to always be growing more so. Students have to make a decision on what extra curricular items they want to participate in and, by providing opportunities like this, UAT is putting the safety and security of our most important assets first," Professor Jones spoke when asked why he was at the event with his student.

     

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    "Any knowledge learned is still knowledge and time well spent. Realistically, will I ever use the skills I learned in the course? Hopefully not. But for taking two hours out of my day, I learned the skills that could potentially save me from a life-threatening situation. This isn't curriculum that is typical of most universities, and there might even be a taboo around being taught these things, but I am thankful to Professor Jones and UAT for allowing other students and me the opportunity to get out and learn skills with real life applications," shares Emilio about his experience at the C2 event.

    Physical security is in the same realm as cyber security. We spend hundreds of hours learning how to secure our home network, but never just our home.


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    Interested in studying cyber security? UAT Network Security degree students use critical thinking to research current and evolving cyber security trends and become experts in network security industry standards and regulations. Graduates from the cyber security program will have the essential knowledge and experience to automate their own security processes through extensive training in network security programs and scripts, and be prepared for careers in government and multinational corporations seeking certified ethical hacking professionals.

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    Meet Hunter Autrey, Cyber Security Alum


    From Schooling to Career We caught up with recent graduate, Hunter Autrey, and asked about his post-graduation plans. Here's what he shared: After completing college and getting my Bachelor’s in ...

    From Schooling to Career

    We caught up with recent graduate, Hunter Autrey, and asked about his post-graduation plans. Here's what he shared:

    After completing college and getting my Bachelor’s in Network Security, I am finally starting off my career as a Network Administrator. This is going to be my first “real world” job, and I couldn’t be more excited to start out with this opportunity. The company that I am working for has put me through eight weeks of training to really get the knowledge and information flowing. After training, I continue into the work force where I''ll be securing the network and and making sure it's working appropriately—monitoring network performance (availability, utilization, throughput, goodput, and latency), testing for weaknesses, installing and integrating new hardware, and even keeping an eye out for any out-of-date software needing to be updated.

    Without the help of UAT, the courses they offered, and the accelerated and easy to work with classes, I would not be where I am today. Every teacher that I had has helped me more than I could ever ask for. There were lots of opportunities for me to go outside of class time to go set up servers, teach kids and parents about UAT and Network Security program, and just asking teachers for tips and tricks on how to do certain things. Aaron Jones really went out of the way for all his students. He shows that he cares for us and that he always tries to get us cool and exciting opportunities to get a good network going. Aaron pushed me to apply for the Greater Phoenix Chambers Cyber Security externship in which I got a good network going and learned so much about different companies and how they utilize their cyber security.

    I couldn’t be grateful enough for everyone here at UAT who has pushed me to do my best to be able to succeed in my studies and get to where I am at today. All the hard work over the past 2 years 8 months has been well worth it, and I now know that if I put my mind to a certain project or objective, that I can get that work done. Going into this field I know that I am never going to stop learning. Learning is something that I thrive to do and I will push myself until I am know in the cyber field and am doing the best I can!

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    Business and Innovation Careers and Outlook - 2022 Guide


    Innovative Business Careers Worth Having The world needs good businesspeople. And with the world heading into some blender version of Star Wars and The Matrix thanks to the work of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and many others, more than ever, we need people who...

    Innovative Business Careers Worth Having

    The world needs good businesspeople. And with the world heading into some blender version of Star Wars and The Matrix thanks to the work of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and many others, more than ever, we need people who understand not only business and technology but most importantly, how to innovate within this field. 

    The best businesspeople must understand both sides of the coin: tech and business. Kind of like Musk starting PayPal but then saying, “I’ll work on EVs and help colonize Mars, too. Nbd.” Talk about diverse interests.

    From that alone, it’s no stretch to understand why the world needs more Elon Musks – or, at least, more people who are not afraid to push the envelope; those with not only the ability but the drive to innovate. 

    Forget the massive amount of money you could make or the recognition that comes with being a tech industry pioneer – think about all the good you can do for people, too. And blending business, technology, and innovation is the foundation you need to make it happen. 

    Are you ready to make that leap? Want to help write the future?

    If so, here are some of the top business technology and innovation careers of the present and future. 

     

    Careers in Business and Innovation—List and Overview

    • Product Manager

    • Program and Project Managers
    • BI Engineer 
    • Tech Startup Founder
    • Strategy Manager
    • Business Technology Consultant/Analyst 
    • CIO/CTO/CEO

    *The following career descriptions and estimated median annual salaries - or midpoint of the reported salary ranges - are based on data and information collected by the linked sources (Glassdoor's user data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys) reported as of May 23, 2022, and are not exact or guaranteed expectations. 

    Product Manager

    $121,107 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)
    Ranked #10 on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    This is one of our favorite new careers. Well, new-ish, anyway.

    A product manager is assigned to a specific product or family of products. If they are assigned at the beginning of that product’s lifecycle, they follow it from opening idea all the way through release to market, working directly with the product developers. Once the product is out in the market, the product manager continues to follow it making sure it is still being well-received by the public. 

    It’s a fascinating career. You would likely get to head up a team (sometimes small, sometimes not) that not just takes an idea, like say, a superhero movie, and brings it to market, but once it’s at market, your team gauges audience reactions, movie ticket sales, streaming downloads, internet comments, movie reviews, toy sales, and all the other data involved to determine not just how successful the product is, but how to replicate it to continue not only to make everyone money but also to be able to keep making cool movies or bobbleheads or electric cars or fidgets or whatever. 

    The product manager is vital. Vital to the company and vital to the customers. They gain an intimate knowledge of their product and can defend it, sell it, and improve better than anyone else in the organization. 

    Business and Innovation Potential Careers
    Program and Project Managers

    $98,448 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)
    Ranked on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    Program and Project Managers may have similar responsibilities to Product Managers, but for programs and projects. Program and Project Managers don’t manage products, they manage—you guessed it—programs and projects. For example, sometimes these programs take the shape of flight simulators for the United States government or managing the construction of multimillion-dollar properties. And the project managers would be managing the construction project portions. 

    Of all the jobs listed in this article, both separately hold two of the highest number of current job openings. Coming in right behind them currently is also, Product Managers!

    Being so related, it’s easy to see that they would all three would be in similar demand in the market. Not only that, of all those on this list, demand for these positions, in particular, is about double the rest.

    The reality is that there are a lot of programs out there. But what is it like to be a program and project manager? Well, you’re the adult. Someone has to make sure everyone is in their place, doing the right thing, every detail is on budget, everything is happening on time, and when bad things happen, there’s already a plan in place to take care of it. If that’s how your mind works — you pay critical attention to detail and love coordinating efforts, these are the careers for you. And make no mistake, it is a career, not just a job.

    Business & Innovation Potential Careers

    Business Intelligence Engineer

    $108,148 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)

    Looking for a career that will push you to think, create, and analyze? The business intelligence (BI) engineer position might be the perfect role to strive for. 

    In this career, you’ll have to be well equipped and experienced in managing BI interfaces and interpreting dashboards, databases, and other platforms that help companies efficiently collect and evaluate BI data. You’ll be the person for saying, “Yeah, Elon, it’s cool that you want to go to Mars, and here’s how our data says we make that happen.”

    It’s a research position, but you’ll also be a pilot (in a figurative sense). Between analyzing the data collected and making dashboards to collect, even more, your unofficial job description will be using the numbers to help inform your company of the direction it should steer – and having the data to support it!

    Tech Startup Founder

    This is a position that varies so greatly in salary, job description, and career projections that it can’t be boiled down to an average annual salary and job satisfaction score on even as helpful of a resource as glassdoor or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

    In short, a tech startup founder is somebody with a big idea who’s willing to throw his or her time and resources at that idea to bring it to life. Sometimes there is a small team involved, and sometimes – when it works – there’s a large team involved.

    Either way, it’s risky. Don’t ever think that it’s not. But every company you want to work for was started by somebody who did the “startup founder” route, and it’s also the best way to ensure you’re always the one writing the paychecks and not cashing them.

    There were days when Tesla was going broke and Musk slept on his couch in Tesla HQif he slept at all. There were days when SpaceX failed and the situation looked grim. But the best startup founders are prepared for bad days and tough times, and they’re creatives who will keep trying every trick in the book until, eventually, they find success or run out of options.

    There are two ways to approach the Tech Startup Founder route. You can go all-in and be prepared for Ramen noodles 10 times per week if your plan struggles to find traction at first, or (and recommended) you can be a 10% entrepreneur that uses your UAT degree to work a stable job while spending 10% of your time feeding your startup idea. This is a way to help mitigate risk, but at some point in every startup founder’s life, the point comes when a choice has to be made and he or she must dive head-first into the swelling sea of entrepreneurial life.

    UAT’s Business Technology Degree

    Imagine sitting down for a job interview and as the hiring manager across from you scans your resume, they stop at this one line that says, “Has name on Patent Number…” They look up at you, eyebrow cocked, and say, “Really?”

    Or imagine finishing up your degree with a claim to innovation in hand. Not just a quick business plan for starting up a lawn care business, but a claim to innovation. The beginnings of a business that is truly innovative and creative. Then actually starting that business and having the quality education you need to know what your strengths and weakness are, to know when to call for help, and when to plow through. 

    Let’s face it, the world is changing. The business people of tomorrow need to understand technology. Having a firm grasp of business is great. In fact, a career in the general business and financial field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a most recent estimated median salary to be $76,570 and that's awesome. Add in a firm grasp of technology and innovation to your skillset, and well, that’s Elon Musk-level awesome. After all, he majored in economics and physics. 

    Okay, come down from the stars now. Remember when reading any career and outlook guide and looking at estimated median salaries, that they account for all levels. They are typically much higher estimates than the positions you might be qualified for once you have actually earned that degree you're considering taking on right now. Realize that you may have to start somewhere before you can really get somewhere. 

    That brings us to the next point. One of the best parts of getting your Business Technology Degree from UAT is the technology innovation part. Well, first, because it's truly innovative. UAT already incorporated the technology into the business. You won’t just graduate knowing a little bit about using Excel. You will be exposed to all aspects of the technology of tomorrow. And to graduate, one must have a claim to innovation through their Student Innovation Project. This can easily include a patent with your name on it or an innovative business you have already started during your time earning your degree. 

    Either way, trust us, a business technology degree is worth it. And when you're done with that and you want to take it to the next level, you can continue on with your master’s degree to set yourself up for the potential of a higher-level or executive position.

     

     

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    Dr. Steven Cofrancesco, UAT Professor of Graduate Studies, Technology Studies, and leadership courses, is interviewed by Mo from Alt 93.3. about UAT's Business Technology degree program. 

    Consider a Master's in Technology Leadership

    Careers with Manager, Director, and other distinguished titles may require a master's degree and/or equivalent experience in a similar role, but one thing is for sure; an educational head-start has the potential to strengthen your career opportunities and shorten your timeline for achieving them. A Master of Science in Technology Leadership exposes you to a multitude of technology areas and focuses on "innovation as an outcome". While studying, you'll earn immediately applicable skills you can utilize in your profession, and build on your qualifications for the following roles and more: 

    Strategy Manager

    $125,082 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)
    #5 on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    Strategy managers do exactly what it sounds like; they look at the bigger vision of the company and its place in the market. Think of a coach calling plays for his team.

    Essentially, they are equipped through education and experience in a given sector to understand their organization’s strengths and weaknesses. They understand and find ways to improve operational effectiveness (which is just a Latinate way to say how good a company does what it says it does and if it does it all.) 

    They also keep an eye on the long-term. Part of any successful business strategy is also likely sustainability. Some business ventures are only designed to last a short. Others, like light bulbs and the Star Wars franchise, have a long-reaching hold on civilization and will likely be around for hundreds if not thousands of years. The strategy manager makes sure that a business is well-paced and equipped to handle the business world of today and tomorrow.

    Business Technology Consultant/Analyst

    $109,518 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)
    Ranked #36 on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    A business technology consultant and analyst have the same job description: in both positions, you help your company leverage technology to find solutions to problems or implement better systems that help elevate the ceiling of what the company can do. You’re making calls about upgrades and finding the best technology that aligns with the company’s goals and then communicating this to stakeholders. On top of that, you’ll be receiving feedback on what’s working well and what… isn’t.

    The difference between doing this as a consultant versus an analyst is simply who you identify as your employer. If you’re a Business Technology Analyst, you work for a company. It’s an internal job, so a company is providing you with benefits, helping you manage retirement, and (presumably) expecting you to work regular business hours in an office but some organizations may offer remote or hybrid positions. 

    If you are a consultant, you’re working for yourself and consulting in a freelance capacity. You’re the boss of yourself, and you’re the one juggling your retirement, finding your insurance, and having the ability to work and live just about anywhere. Most business technology consultants don’t work for the same company for 40+ hours a week, but rather several (most likely smaller) companies for fewer hours. Maybe you consult with four companies for 10 hours/week, instead.

    Both have benefits – it’s up to you to figure out which makes more sense for what you want to do. The best part is that there are options in this futuristic world of business technology. 

    C-Suite Business Executive like CIO, COO, CTO, or CEO.

    $200,000 - $250,000 estimated median annual salary (Glassdoor)

    This is the big time. If you’re really looking to get everything out of your career, a Master of Science in Technology Leadership from UAT is designed to empower business technology professionals' paths and put top credentials within reach. 

    So what do these positions do? In short, a lot. They’re all C-Suite positions that are managerial and take a breadth of knowledge about technology and best practices… in addition to experience!

    Here’s the nutshell job descriptions…

    A CIO generally oversees the company’s technology policies, programs, and infrastructure.

    A COO generally manages day-to-day operations and provides oversight for administration, facility, budgeting, and HR decision-making.

    A CTO generally manages an organization’s technology systems, research, and development.

    And well, you probably already know what a CEO generally does. 

    Which should you pursue? We can’t tell you that. That’s up to the person most affected by the situation (spoiler alert: that’s you). You know your skills, interests, and passions better than anybody else, so if you’re thinking grad school is in the cards and you're striving for a C-Suite position in your future, decide which is the most appealing to you, study the position, and then begin taking the steps to get there.

    Sounds ambitious? Absolutely! But don't worry, UAT is here to help. 

     

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    UAT Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela teaches Student Innovation Projects, Business and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Branding, and Art and Design courses. 

    Business and Technology Are Better Together

    Some of these careers may land you in the real world of making business deals with O-ring suppliers and hardware fasteners for your company. Some of these careers may find you working on the next phase of the MCU. But one thing is for certain; business and technology are married together now and will be forever in the future.

    Thankfully, here at UAT, we can prepare you for both at the same time. So set your plans for UAT and set yourself up for success.

    Request more information or if you're ready to find out if you have what it takes, apply today!

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    Inspiring Innovation During the Spring SIP Showcase


    SIP, SIP, HOORAY! Our Spring 2022 Student Innovation Project (SIP) Showcase was back in person this semester! On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students gathered in the UAT Theater to present their projects to faculty,...

    SIP, SIP, HOORAY!

    Our Spring 2022 Student Innovation Project (SIP) Showcase was back in person this semester! On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students gathered in the UAT Theater to present their projects to faculty, staff, peers, and the community.

    Art Direction Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela, hosted the event and was excited as ever to be back in person for this event. "I couldn't be prouder of the outcome! Our UAT students created MVPs to demonstrate their innovative problem-solving skills in front of our faculty, staff, and community. Our goal is to foster human ingenuity through projects that entertain, educate, connect, and protects us."

    "This semesters projects from our on-ground and online students included a unique filming style using multispectral videography, a music-lovers app based on AI, a browser tool to enhance privacy and online safety, a facial recognition software to unlock safes, a steganography project to protect data, an interactive ear-training and sight-reading game, a perspective game to solve puzzles, a dating simulation that contradicts traditional love relationships, and a VR game where you can experience historical sites, just to name a few!" shares Professor Valenzuela.

    Professor Valenzuela adds, "I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead and guide aspiring technologists. Despite my 16 years of teaching, I continue to be impressed! These projects exemplify what UAT strives for, innovating for the future."

     

    The following were this semester’s SIP presentations:

     

    Experience by Victoria Cogar

    Project Description: Experience is a new style of film. It allows viewers to decide how they see the story. With every “Experience,” viewers choose a point-of-view (POV) to watch the movie from. They still see the while movie, but only from one character’s POV.

    Degree Major: Digital Video

    SIP URL:  https://www.victoriacogar.com/sip

    experience - Victoria Cogar


    Exploring Multispectral Videography by Halina Pravongviengkham

    Project Description: This project will show how multispectral light can be used in visual mediums to create a new, fun, and unique filming style.  

    Degree Major: Digital Video

    SIP URL:  https://sites.google.com/view/digital-video-portfolio/home

     Halina Pravongviengkham


    The Underground by Joe Parisia  

    Project Description: The Underground is an app that will allow music lovers to find a new favorite local band or venue using machine learning.

    Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence


    SIP URL: 
    https://joeuat.weebly.com/sip.html

     


    The Minifig Bin by Zachary Driscoll

    Project Description: The Minifig Bin is innovative because it creates a mobile application that allows avid LEGO fans/collectors to keep track of their collection of minifigures on a free and easy to use platform.

    Degree Major: Game Programming 

    SIP URL:  https://zack-driscoll-game-programmer.weebly.com/student-innovation-project.html

     


    Kitchen to Pan by Joshua Button

    Project Description: The ability to take all the items you already have in your kitchen and create meals from that list rather than searching through recipes. This app solves the question, "What should we have for dinner?" and takes the hassle out of figuring out what meals you can makes with what you already have.

    Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science (Online)

    Kitchen to Pan


    DiabEducate by Gabriel Marulanda

    Project Description: DiabEducate's purpose is to educate what to do during a diabetic emergency. It can also be used as a resource for learning more about diabetes.

    Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science (Online)

     DiabEducate


    Sage: Stock Dashboard by Aaron Sweet

    Project Description: This is a data analysis app that is built using the dash framework in python. Helping new investors is the main focus of this app. The difference between this and other websites is the data will be shown visually instead of in paragraph form.

    Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science (Online)

    Sage Stock Dashboard


    Browser Check by Zachary Brown

    Project Description: Browser Check is a tool that helps the user's browsers become more private by giving users a guide on how to harden their browsers for privacy and security, as well as giving different use cases.

    Degree Major: Network Security & Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL:  https://zachabrown.weebly.com/sip.html

     Browser Check - Zachary Brown


    The Facial Recognition Safe by Tate Gentry

    Project Description: This is a facial recognition software that runs on a Raspberry Pi that will be connected to a camera that will unlock the safe upon pressing a button to start/stop scanning. Once a facial profile has been scanned, the safe will open.

    Degree Major: Network Security

    SIP URL:  https://tategentry10.wixsite.com/portfoliotate

    Face-Rec -Tate Gentry


    Simple ClamAV iOS Built-in Scanner by Mohanad Horani    

    Project Description: A web app or API that would accept a file, and then scan it against another open-source antivirus product called ClamAV. I would then build an iOS app that allows the user to scan files by sending them to the website that I built and would return either the value 1 (Bad) or 0 (Good). I will also send the file over a POST request. This could then become a potential iOS app or at least a prototype of the actual app itself.

    Degree Major: Network Security

    SIP URL:  https://mohoranisip.weebly.com/

     

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    The Enigma Drive by Allan Wheelock

    Project Description: This is a steganography project that involves utilizing Puppy Linux to not only protect data, but also keep it hidden unless you know how to access it with the hard drive.

    Degree Major: Technology Forensics

    SIP URL:  https://allanwheelock.weebly.com/sip.html

     Enigma Drive


    Sage: The Cyber Vault by Tyler Higgins

    Project Description: This is a solution to all of your complex password needs. This is a secure password manager that never requires you to provide a password using RSA key pairs to keep all of your passwords safe.

    Degree Major: Network Security (Online)

    SIP URL:  N/A

    CyberVault


    SOP Onscreen Assistant by Kyle Kraft

    Project Description: An SOP can be generated and given to new staff to learn on production equipment without the need of handholding from staff that is likely already at capacity. Businesses and other organizations can use this to help configure new equipment for deployment while simultaneously training staff on the new equipment.

    Degree Major: Network Security (Online)

    SIP URL:  N/A

    SOP


    RanSec Ransomware Training by Mathew Quinn

    Project Description: Ransomware training is to help companies and their employees understand ransomware before an attack happens. This will also force them to use creative thinking to think about how to respond to an attack scenarios, and how to prevent them.

    Degree Major: Network Security (Online)

    SIP URL:  N/A

    Ransomware Training


    A Much-Needed Rest by Joy Ray

    Project Description: A Much-Needed Rest will provide non-medical caregivers with medical assistance like checking blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels with the goal of reducing the stress of non-medical caregivers and provide relief. 

    Degree Major: Network Security (Online)

    SIP URL:  N/A

    Caregiver


    Music in Me: MegaMelody by Samuel McKinley

    Project Description: Music in Me: MegaMelody is an interactive ear-training and sight-reading game for use with elementary general music students in grades three through five. It represents a novel approach to elementary music education by combining the concepts of ear-training and sight-reading into an interactive and engaging game.

    Degree Major: Game Programming

    SIP URL:  https://sammckinley.weebly.com/sip.html

    Me in Music - Samuel McKinley 


    Map Switch-a-Roo by Richard Reed  

    Project Description: Map Switch-a-Roo is a game mechanic that will record data when you're in a map, and when you leave to a new map section and come back, the map will be different.

    Degree Major: Game Programming

    SIP URL:  https://reedrich.weebly.com/sip.html

    Map Switch-a-roo Rich Reed


    Two Sides of the Same Coin by Greg Marshall

    Project Description: A perspective game where two people work together to solve puzzles from two different opposing viewpoints.

    Degree Major: Game Design

    SIP URL:  https://gregdipper21.wixsite.com/gstax/project08

    Two Sides of the Same Coin - Greg Marshall


    Dominant Presence by Jake Fusco

    Project Description: Dominant Presence creates a dynamic system that changes how local players interact with the game mechanics.

    Degree Major: Business Technology, Game Programming & Game Design

    SIP URL: https://www.hirejakefusco.com/single-project

     


    Updatable Interior Mapping by Mark Montenieri 

    Project Description: My SIP aims to make in-game cities and towns appear more alive by offering updatable images instead of static pictures on storefront windows and doorways. It also benefits densely packed player housing, such as an apartment building, by removing the actual housing to another part of the map and only showing recently updated images overlaid on windows and open doorways. Players would approach the doorways and enter the associated room or apartment via a portal method, which teleports them to the actual room, far away. This helps game performance by only rendering the room for players inside it and not to everyone who walks by. Anyone who’s played a multiplayer game and entered an extremely busy arena or town has experienced lag from the game having to render the space for every player simultaneously and my SIP aims to improve that aspect of multiplayer gaming.

    Degree Major: Game Programming (Online)

     


    Schism of Reality by Michael Henson

    Project Description: The Schism of Reality app is a form of Augmented Reality that emulates the more replicable symptoms of Schizophrenia.

    Degree Major: Game Programming (Online)

    Schism of Reality


    Accessible Audio Program by Caleb Reynolds  

    Project Description: Accessible Audio Program (AAP) is a concept of an accessible and simple audio program that uses layer stacks and simple sliders for quick effects and prototyping.  

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL:  https://clreynolds104.wixsite.com/website/bio-3

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    Realistic Waterfall & Magma Flow by Ethan Nelson

    Project Description: This is a technique to model a waterfall and magma flow using Cloth simulation.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation (Online)

    SIP URL:  N/A

    Realistic Waterfall


    Leave Me Alone: A Hate Story  by Eimy Choy

    Project Description: A dating simulation where the main objective is to destroy any chances of a relationship forming and avoiding marriage at all cost.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL:  https://eimyartstudent.weebly.com/sip.html

     


    PastVR by Kevin Duran

    Project Description: This project would give the user the chance to explore the interior of an historical building that is no longer around for people to see, for example the Grosses Schauspielhaus. This would be a game in Virtual Reality in order to give the user a better experience of being at a historical site.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL:  https://devinkuran.wixsite.com/mysite/student-innovative-project

     


    Fire Control Simulator by Garrett Mathes

    Project Description: A game created with the intention of teaching players about fire safety.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL: Fire Control Simulator

     


    Spectrum by Adam Price

    Project Description: Bringing two mediums that haven’t been explored enough into a fresh innovative game where stop motion puppets are playable in a fighting game.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation  

    SIP URL:  https://spartapus94.wixsite.com/website

    Spectrum - Adam Price


    The Madness Project by Emily Szymanski    

    Project Description: The Madness Project allows you to witness your environment shift seamlessly according to your character’s mental state.  

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation

    SIP URL:  https://emiaszymanski.wixsite.com/portfolio/innovation-project  

     The Madness Project - Emily Szymanski


    Vocal Combat by Raul Montes

    Project Description: This is a game where the player uses their microphone to input specific commands at certain volume levels to drive combat dynamics.

    Degree Major: Game Art & Animation, Game Design

    Voice Combat


    Dimensions by Gloria Castillo

    Project Description: Dimensions is a two player puzzle game where both players have to work together to advance through the levels. Both players don't have to be online at the same time to play.

    Degree Major: Game Design (Online)

    Dimensions


    Inboard Energy Manager by Kenneth Carr

    Project Description: The Inboard Energy Manager leverages modern hybrid technology to make old boats reliable for longer.

    Degree Major: Robotics & Embedded Systems (Online)

    Inboard Energy Manager


    Robocart by Alfred Lay

    Project Description: Robocart is to help solve the problem of carrying heavy groceries, especially for those with an injury or disability. This cart can follow you around and carry your groceries for you.

    Degree Major: Robotics & Embedded Systems (Online)

    Robocart


    Home Inventory Manager by Raymond Clarke

    Project Description: The Home Inventory Manager is about tracking inventory in your home. It will have multiple mobile devices that can be installed anywhere throughout your house keeping track of what's in your pantry or refrigerator, etc.

    Degree Major: Robotics & Embedded Systems (Online)

    Home Inventory Manager


    UAT professors choose six winners from the presentations. Categories include Best SIP Pitch (Spectrum by Adam Price 🏆), Most Market Viable (RanSec Ransomware Training by Mathew Quinn 🏆), Viewer’s Choice (The Underground by Joe Parisia 🏆), World Changer (Facial Recognition Gun Safe by Tate Gentry 🏆), Ingenuity Prize (Exploring Multispectral Videography by Halina Pravongveingkham 🏆), and Best in Show (Updateable Interior Mapping by Mark Montenieri 🏆).

    Congratulations to the winners and all of the students who can now claim their own exciting innovations in the tech world!

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    APA & Why We Use It


    What is APA format and why do we use it in college? American Psychological Association or APA style (format) is a method of writing and formatting academic documents. These documents can be papers, books, or articles and this form of...

    What is APA format and why do we use it in college?

    American Psychological Association or APA style (format) is a method of writing and formatting academic documents. These documents can be papers, books, or articles and this form of writing is used to describe how the sources are cited within the field. These guidelines were created because they enhance the comprehension and communication of the topic at hand while reducing bias in language. Many colleges or educational institutions use APA format. 

    APA format papers will contain three levels of specification. The first level includes a title page, an abstract, an introduction, the methodology, the results, a discussion, and references. The second level will specify that the writing must not contain slang, pop culture references, biased language, or humor. The third and final level specifies that the number will be double spaced, use title case for headings, use numerals for numbers beyond 9, hyphenate compound adjectives, use citations in the text for all sources, left align all tables and figures, and use footnotes sparingly.

    Your college or university will use APA because this format is a positive standard that enhances the learning environment. While some colleges do not publish papers of students, at the University of Advancing Technology, many of our students have their works published through numerous mediums. It is very helpful that the papers written by our students be created in the correct format because that will directly correlate with the likelihood that the paper itself can be published in some form.

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    The American Psychological Association regularly updates their format and publishes guidance on best practices related to writing documents. At the University of Advancing Technology, you will be guided in writing the best documents you can when studying topics or contributing to the state of the art. Ultimately, using correct formatting benefits anyone who reads your document as it makes it easier for them to digest the information and to later cite you if your article is referenced for documentation purposes.


    UAT strives to foster knowledge creation and achieve academic excellence. We are at the forefront of developing academic programs that focus on expanding new and rising technology, and tend to be unique among academia or emerge years ahead of other schools, such as Digital Arts, Creation & Simulation, Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Business & Innovation majors, as well as our established Game Studies majors that merged artistic and programming aspects long before other colleges chose that focus for themselves.

    Want to find out for yourself? Don't wait. Apply now!

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    The Beginning Beginners Guide to Linux


    What is Linux? Linux is an operating system for cars, phones, supercomputers, and home desktops. You can use Linux and probably have used it on any number of devices since the mid 90's. Most of the internet functions because of Linux and all the world's top supercomputers are running Linux as well. It...

    What is Linux?

    Linux is an operating system for cars, phones, supercomputers, and home desktops. You can use Linux and probably have used it on any number of devices since the mid 90's. Most of the internet functions because of Linux and all the world's top supercomputers are running Linux as well. It is the secret sauce that makes the world of business and science go round.

    The operating system itself is composed of numerous pieces that work in harmony to produce what you see or deal with daily. You will find a bootloader, kernel, init system, daemons, graphical server, desktop environments, and applications when working with Linux and each of these items can be dictated to you or be a deciding factor in choosing your installation method. Hate SystemD but really love a specific desktop environment? You may need to use something like Devuan Linux. Just looking to get your toes into the Linux waters. You can start with Ubuntu or Manjaro.

    You can choose which Linux distribution to start with by self-measuring your skills. Are you a computer novice? You may want to explore Ubuntu. Feeling more confident in your skills? Try Manjaro. Are you a super powered user? Install Gentoo! No matter which distribution you choose, you will find yourself growing and learning and that is the most important aspect of choosing Linux.

    Let us know which copy of Linux you chose! We would love to hear from you.


    SECURE YOUR FUTURE WITH A CYBER SECURITY DEGREE

    Network Security degree students will use critical thinking to research current and evolving cyber security trends and become experts in network security industry standards and regulations. Graduates from the cyber security program will have the essential knowledge and experience to automate their own security processes through extensive training in network security programs and scripts, and be prepared for careers in government and multinational corporations seeking certified ethical hacking professionals.

    Don't wait. Apply now!

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    What is a Text Editor?


    How to Do Serious Systems Admin Work The Word Processor is an amazing piece of technology that has enhanced the creation of documents and formatted text the world over. If you are seeking a desktop publishing tool, you will typically not find a better method for the average user than the Word...

    How to Do Serious Systems Admin Work

    The Word Processor is an amazing piece of technology that has enhanced the creation of documents and formatted text the world over. If you are seeking a desktop publishing tool, you will typically not find a better method for the average user than the Word Processor. However, you cannot use a Word Processor for the creation of code or the editing of configuration files. To do serious systems administration work, you need the text editor.

    A text editor is a simple tool that can be used to change the contents of a file or document without writing additional characters or storing formatting cruft within the document itself. You use the text editor when dealing with plain text like configuration files, programming or scripting languages, or troff/groff/latex formats to name a few.

    Some text editors, like VIM or (NeoVIM) NVIM can even be used like an IDE. You can enhance your text editor by integrating syntax highlighting, spell checking, and even code completion or code sniffing. The ever-useful text editor is valuable to anyone who works in systems administration, software development, or other delicate tasks.

    The number one item to remember is that a text editor will not inject any cruft into your file, but a Word Processor will do so. Therefore, if you plan to do serious work, you will need to take the time to familiarize yourself with a text editor and build your knowledge of how to use that tool.

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    Earn a Degree In Cyber Security at UAT

    UAT offers a Master’s of Science in Cyber Security, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Network Engineering, Network Security, and Technology Forensics. Our Cyber Security Degree for Ethical Hackers and Network Security Curriculum has been certified through the NSA/DHS National Information Assurance Training Program in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense.

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    Brute Force Attacks


    What does brute force mean? Brute force attacks are a method by which many login attempts are made to gain access to a system. WordPress is a free and open-source content management system that is used by 41.4% of the top 10 million websites on the internet. The two go together perfectly and attackers...

    What does brute force mean?

    Brute force attacks are a method by which many login attempts are made to gain access to a system. WordPress is a free and open-source content management system that is used by 41.4% of the top 10 million websites on the internet. The two go together perfectly and attackers regularly target WordPress based websites using brute force methods.

    Most websites running WordPress follow some simple rules. One of those rules is that the login page can be located at the "domain.TLD/wp-login.php" URL and that many of the setups are poorly configured without much in the way of security or preventative maintenance. Therefore, you can use some commonly available tools to quickly attack these sites to gain access to the underlying administration panel beneath.

    There exist tools such as WPForce that can be ran in combination with a Username List as well as Password List to brute force these sites. While some individuals will rightfully state that this type of attack is also referred to as a Credential Stuffing attack, they cannot argue that it is not effective and simple. You simply load up your application, pass on your credentials, and wait for confirmation—or pivot—if you discover your method is not going to work on that site.

    Once you have gained access to the website, you can next use the tool Yertle to attain persistence, activate meterpreter, load a keylogger, dump all of the hashes for the current passwords, and get the database credentials. This is a one stop shop for attackers and the tools themselves are simple to use. Yertle and WPForce are written in 96% Python and 4% JavaScript.

    How do you fight it?

    Individuals interested in protecting their webservers, developing defenses against these attacks, and preventing brute force or credential spraying attacks must understand the tools used to conduct the attacks themselves. By familiarizing yourself with these tools and their use, you can strategize how to defend yourself from the danger they pose.

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    Interested in studying cyber security? UAT Network Security degree students use critical thinking to research current and evolving cyber security trends and become experts in network security industry standards and regulations. Graduates from the cyber security program will have the essential knowledge and experience to automate their own security processes through extensive training in network security programs and scripts, and be prepared for careers in government and multinational corporations seeking certified ethical hacking professionals.

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    NFTs and UAT


    Non-Fungible Tokens (or NFTs) Have Two Big Problems. The first is the name. Non-fungible sounds like fungus, which is gross. So, there’s a branding issue, which I’m sure is why people try to refer to non-fungible tokens simply as NFTs. The second big problem is that most people don’t understand how incredibly important they...

    Non-Fungible Tokens (or NFTs) Have Two Big Problems.

    The first is the name. Non-fungible sounds like fungus, which is gross. So, there’s a branding issue, which I’m sure is why people try to refer to non-fungible tokens simply as NFTs. The second big problem is that most people don’t understand how incredibly important they are right now and will continue to be in the future.

    In one sense, they are the next evolution—or, at least, the next logical step—of cryptocurrency. You know crypto: Bitcoin, Ethereum, the farcical Dogecoin. Those seemingly made-up currencies have made some people incredibly wealthy, even if they can’t actually access their wealth, like this guy who lost his bitcoin password.

    So what are NFTs then? In the broadest sense, they are an opportunity for investment.

    What Does it Mean to Be a Non-Fungible Token?

    To understand what it means to be a non-fungible token, it’s best to first understand what it means to be fungible.

    The dictionary lays out the term fungible as meaning, basically, interchangeable. For instance, in old school Magic: The Gathering there was a thing called Generic Mana, or grey mana. Grey mana is fungible. It can be used interchangeably in the game for other types of mana. The other types of mana, however, are non-fungible (depending on the spell).

    So grey mana is like an NFT and colored mana isn’t.

    Sort of. It really depends on how it is used. Since blue mana can be used to fill in for grey mana in other spells, blue mana itself is fungible—but the cost of a spell, like the Mystic Remora, is non-fungible.

    Ok. So the cost of the Mystic Remora is non-fungible because it can’t be replaced by anything, but blue mana is fungible because it can be used interchangeably in grey mana situations.

    Exactly.

    Ok. That’s a little confusing.

    Which is part of the problem with NFTs. They don’t make sense to a lot of people on the face of it. This is mainly because NFTs mainly apply to artwork (at least, at the moment). And not just any artwork, but digital artwork.

    Dude. Dude. I can just take a screenshot of an image and BOOM I got the same NFT that you got.

    That’s an idea that is explored by UAT student, Tyler Higgins here. But, the truth, like most things in our brave new digital world, is a bit unclear.

    See, when you take a screenshot of an existing NFT, really, what you have is an entirely new file. It may look the same, but digitally it’s totally different. Yeah, you can still use it as a wallpaper on your desktop or text it to your friends, but digitally, it’s not the source. It’s not the original. And what people are paying for is the original.

    Without getting into the technical parts of it all, this is essentially what makes NFTs so expensive (as in millions of dollars expensive). People are paying for the original. Just like people pay for an original Picasso or Monet, they are paying for the original, non-fungible version.

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    For the Artist It’s a Good Time to be Non-Fungible

    It’s this non-fungible aspect of the non-fungible token that makes it a good time to be an artist. Sure, people may pirate your digital picture with any number of screen-copying apps, but will they have the original? Nope. They might as well take a Polaroid of Michelangelo’s David. Sure, they have something that resembles the original, but the original, it ain’t.

    And for the artist releasing new and amazing digital artwork, by setting that artwork up as NFTs, they are able to gain something that precious few artists are able to produce: residual income.

    So artists, listen up. Highlight this next part and email it to your parents when you tell them you want to go to UAT to study digital art and blockchain technology.

    When an artist sells a piece of traditional artwork, their financial connection to that art is done. Like a home builder building a house and selling it for the first time. The work is done, and the transaction is over. But what if every time that house sells, the builder got a tidy commission, of, say, one percent? Yeah, it might not mean much if they’ve only built one house, but what if they’ve built hundreds?

    Well, home builders can’t do that—thankfully, at least not yet. But NFTs can. Artists can digitally code their NFTs to generate a commission each time the NFT changes hands. So, let’s say the NFT that Future You produces sells for a clean fifty bucks. But then, because you are a mover and shaker in the world of social media, suddenly someone buys that NFT from the person you sold it to for a lot more. You may not reach the six-million-dollar NFT level, but let’s pretend you do. Let’s also pretend that you script in a two percent commission. Two percent of six million? That should keep you flush with Ramen and Fortnite skins for many moons, my friend.

    But Wait! When it Comes to NFTs—There’s More!

    NFTs, however, are not limited to the visual arts world. They can be used for anything that is collected and has a digital component.

    The most obvious next step of NFTs is anything in entertainment. Think about it: the first cut of Foo Fighters next studio album, the first release of the next Star Wars movie (as long as it turns out better than any of the new ones). Or go far out. In the real world, first editions of books are prized commodities. Why not have first edition NFTs of books, both in written and audiobook formats? Or, since NFTs can be audio, a personalized greeting from Stephen King?

    The possibilities are endless in entertainment. But there are possibilities in the business world, too. I’d be surprised if they caught on very quickly, but it would introduce incredible transparency into any business transaction. Anyone—and unfortunately, everyone—could find out a lot about the dealings of any business.

    This is probably why Pres. Biden has recently signed an executive order to investigate the use of a federal cryptocurrency. Imagine what would happen to the US monetary system if it was all crypto-based? Well, a lot of bad things could happen if the government becomes corrupt, but some good things could happen. Taxes could be streamlined. The bad guys trading money for bad things would have a much harder time, because there is such transparency.

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    A Non-Fungible Education at UAT

    This is why getting a non-fungible education at UAT makes so much sense.

    At UAT you can study the digital arts and hone that maturing (or fledgling) artist talent bubbling up within you. At the same time, you can study blockchain technology and programming, setting yourself up to be the Banksy of the NFT world.

    There are a lot of times in life when change takes place and people react too slowly before getting involved. By the time they finally make the decision to jump in and take the risk, government regulation and intervention slows things down or popular interest wanes or the idea just doesn’t pan out. This is not one of those times.

    Cryptocurrency is here to stay and NFTs are the next logical step. The good news is that they are still in their infancy. There’s plenty of room to grow, and by setting your sights on UAT, you are positioning yourself for success in that field.

    So, request more information and connect with a UAT admissions advisor to get started making your mark on the art world, and move from the idea of starving artist, to thriving artist.

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    Digital Arts Careers and Outlook - 2022 Guide


    Seven Slick Digital Art Careers Computers are great. I hate computers. I’m an artist. A purist. That’s cool. Do you work in just one medium? Oh, no! I love oil and pastel and charcoal. I even do some photography! You know, a computer is just...

    Seven Slick Digital Art Careers

    Computers are great.

    I hate computers. I’m an artist. A purist.

    That’s cool. Do you work in just one medium?

    Oh, no! I love oil and pastel and charcoal. I even do some photography!

    You know, a computer is just another medium, just another brush in your kit. Digital artwork isn’t better than traditional art. Bob Ross (who studied as a traditional artist) didn’t think his style of artwork was better than traditional art. And even though a lot of “real” artists looked down on Bob Ross, he did what he did because he believed anyone could create art if they employed his method.

    What does Bob Ross have to do with digital art?

    Nothing, really, but by analogy—everything. Bob Ross could have spent his life making and teaching in the traditional styles, but instead, he found a way to get his art and style in front of countless millions. That’s what digital art is.

    It’s not better, it’s just—everywhere. And being everywhere doesn’t cheapen it. But it does mean that when someone does something that stands out from the masses of people doing it, something truly innovative, people really take notice.

    You can see this from the NFT boom going on right now. Take this NFT of Malcolm and King selling for one Ethereum coin, or, at the time of this article, a little over $3,000 USD. 

    The internet has changed things. The days of the starving artists are still around, but the starving digital artists…they may be a bit harder to find.

    And so, if you will, consider the following list of common careers in the digital arts.

    7 Careers in the Digital Arts—List and Overview

    • Graphic/Digital Designer
    • Game Art and Animation Artist
    • Web Developer and Designer
    • Digital Videographer, Editor, and Producer
    • Art Director
    • Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager
    • Director of Marketing to Chief Marketing Officer

    Now, not all of these occupations are deeply involved with the creation of NFTs, but they all have their place in the expanding digital art world. Some of these positions can be freelance and some are on the corporate side. It just goes to show that being in the digital art world is a bit different from being in traditional art. You’ll use all the same colors and theory, and more to create masterpieces or be a part of teams that create works of art, but there’s expansively more room to maneuver in the digital world.

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    UAT student uses art and design technology to complete their assignment in the large commons. 

    *The following career descriptions and estimated median annual salaries - or midpoint of the reported salary ranges - are based on data and information collected by the linked sources (Glassdoor's user data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys) reported as of May 23, 2022, and are not exact or guaranteed expectations. 

    Graphic/Digital Designer

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $65,281 (Glassdoor)

    Logos have been around for hundreds of years. Once upon a time, the blacksmith who specialized in the farrier side smithing might have a horseshoe painted on a swinging sign outside of his/her forge. This may have been more of a necessity back then when so few could read, but the trend has persisted for a very simple reason—one that you as an artist can easily understand—people like looking at pretty things.

    As a graphic designer (or digital designer) you will help make pretty things for people to look at that are company or product-specific. The iconic Apple computers logo? Someone designed it. The wrapper of your Snickers bar? Someone designed it. The packaging for every toy ever made. Someone designed it.

    This is just a sample of what the graphic designer does. But how do they do these things? By either working in a company or for a company. Working for a company has certain benefits like healthcare, 401k, dental, vision, free lunches, unlimited PTO, and more while working freelance can allow more freedom and flexibility. 

    Speaking of being flexible, even though the salary and growth rate for this career isn't expected as high as some of the others (3% according to BLS). Therefore, picking a quality school and innovative degree program can really set a student apart from the crowd. 

    With UAT's Advertising Art degree program, graduates will be prepared to take positions related to the fast-paced fields of digital marketing and graphic design where they can help organizations enhance customer acquisition and retention through engaging and visual content.

    Plus, by attending UAT, you have an open curriculum and can take classes outside of your major to become exposed to other technology areas like virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, gaming, cyber security, and more. While earning your degree, you'll also discover and make your own claim to innovation. Regardless, being able to understand on more than a superficial level what these technical industries do will further your chances of landing at an amazing tech company startup or having them as incredibly cool clients.

    Web Developer and Designer

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $77,200 with 13% growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Web Developer/Designer can fall into a couple of different categories. There is the tech-heavy side where the individual knows the code and builds the actual website or code surrounding the website.

    Then there’s the artistic side that crafts the website (having a firm grasp of at least Java) to make the website design more attractive and easier to use. These are the individuals who focus on the User Interface and User Experience.

    With UAT’s Digital Marketing degree, you could easily find yourself on the promotional side, or the more artistic side of web development and designing after mastering the skill through UAT's web design interface courses. And the nice thing about UAT is that when you go for this degree, UAT being a technical school, you can easily grab some additional technical classes to supplement your knowledge. Heck, you could get really ambitious and graduate with two or three degrees. One in Digital Marketing and the other in Advertising Art or even Business Technology or Advancing Computer Science. After that, you open up your one-stop website creation and design agency and slowly take over the world. Solid plan.

     

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    Game Art and Animation Artist

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $78,790 with 16% growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Star Wars changed the world. There, I said it. Yeah, Lucas took inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress and probably some thematic elements from Frank Hebert’s Dune, but he still changed the world. How? Because of his awesome storytelling? Well, yeah, but also because of his special effects.

    The special effects Lucas used in 1977 were unknown to the cinematic world. It was the first real special effects spectacular and countless movies have followed in that wake showing their own sci-fi eye candy.

    A career in game art and animation artist falls squarely in this world. Anakin Skywalker doesn’t actually fly a Naboo fighter in Episode 1. There’s a boy in a green screen room and the animators take care of the rest.

    And when it comes time to monetize the story even further and they make the LEGO video game version and add Boba Fett to Fortnite, who do you think they use? Game artists.

    For those willing to take the plunge, for those who are creative and fearless, it’s a great time to be in fantasy and gaming art. UAT can help you get there with their Game Art and Animation degree. Check it out. What cooler way for your artwork to be seen all over the world?

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    UAT student in the Motion Capture Studio preparing lighting technology. 

    Digital Videographer, Animators, and Producers

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: Range  $60,360 - $79,000 with 24-29% growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Alright, visual artists and directors, this one is for you. Those who work on the production component of the film/video side within the digital arts realm may not take home the largest paycheck, but at a whopping 24-29% growth rate, the jobs will be more plentiful than a starship full of tribbles. 

    In a time when anyone can be a creator, there’s a lot more that goes into producing quality films and videos, even when using the best smartphones or cameras. From camerawork to composition and lighting, understanding color correction, sound quality, special effects, and much more, we're talking about high-level video production. 

    From animators to producers, there is a range of tasks each must master. Some use specialized production equipment and others use specialized software, some use both. All are required to have both creative and technical abilities to produce a masterpiece for the client or brand. 

    University of Advancing Technology’s Digital Video bachelor's degree prepares students to become creative technologists who work behind the scenes to bring the static to life. UAT digital video students complete many production projects and gain real-world experience working in a variety of digital production team roles. So, whether your sights are set on becoming an animator or a film producer, UAT can offer you the digital video training and expertise required to become an innovator in your field. 

    To Sit In The Big Chair, Consider A Master’s Degree

    Everyone at some point has wanted to sit in the big chair at the big desk in the big corner office with a view. For some, the notion comes and goes or leaves never to return. For others, that feeling lands on you and, to paraphrase the song, is like a sunburn.

    But how do you get that sweet tan? How do you get to sit in the big chair? Well, a Master’s degree is a big step in the right direction. And knowing how to apply that to the career of your choice can make all the difference. In the Digital Art world, you have a few choices. See below, my tanned friend.

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    UAT students in the Motion Capture Studio shooting a film production. 

    Executive Producer

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $123,221 (Glassdoor)

    An executive producer is responsible for overseeing all of the operations and long-term goals of a film or digital video project. They are responsible for ensuring that the film is released to the largest audience. A few of the main duties of an executive producer are hiring the appropriate staff, raising money for the film, working with unions, and collaborating with other departments. They also have to ensure that the budget of the film is met. Some of the job titles that an executive producer had in the past would be a producer and associate producer.

    An executive producer should have ten years of experience in the entertainment industry; a Bachelor's degree in film or digital video tied with management courses or a master's degree in leadership or production is also very helpful. One of the most important skills that an executive producer will have is the ability to manage a variety of people. Another skill is leadership as the executive producer will have many different employees looking to them for guidance.

    Art Director

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $100,890 with 11% growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    So, you’ve been working as a Graphic Designer or Game Artist for quite a while and you’re feeling like leveling up. Maybe it’s time to become an art director. Move from taking direction from others and take your vast experience and creativity and direct others. You may not necessarily need to get a Master’s to grab one of these jobs, but for many companies, it is a requirement, as well as experience.

    Earning a master's degree will absolutely set you apart from the others and potentially set you up to qualify for a management position like this sooner. After all, you don’t just have wishful thinking and moxie, you have education and the line on your resume that declares you to be a master.

    Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager

    Estimated Median Annual Salary: $133,380 annual salary with 10% growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Ranked on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    Have you ever received an advertisement after you just were talking with your friend about something and it creeped you out? That happened because somewhere, a marketing manager used creative content and targeted the right demographics, behaviors, and interests within their campaign to reach you. Once you demonstrated "interest and intent" by saying or texting those magic words or even went as far as searching for a similar product—boom, the algorithm found you. It can be creepy at times and you might wonder if someone is reading your mind, but it is how brands deliver personalized marketing in this day and age.

    But currently, the marketing industry rapidly is shifting, advancing, and focused on delivering a privacy-first consumer experience that also feels personalized. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity for development and innovation. 

    At this level, you would handle media-buying, managing various digital and non-digital marketing platforms, potentially individuals on your team or client relationships, campaign strategy, data reporting, and other marketing tools, as well as production. There's also a technical side to these marketing roles where you may handle backend, CRM, or other data management platforms, integrations, custom links, and conversion tracking. You would be responsible for continuously analyzing and utilizing all the data to effectively optimize and identify the secret sauce you can take to double your results for the next campaign.

    So if you are creative and love collaborating, tracking trends, analyzing data, using insights to brainstorm and experiment with the next big ideas, and managing and optimizing campaigns, this might be the job for you. To set yourself apart from the crowd in this field, get yourself some high-in-demand technical digital marketing skills. Of course, by earning a digital marketing degree from a 100% STEM university like UAT, you are exposed to fellow innovators, real-world experiences, and advanced technical courses that can put you a level up from the competition. You could be the one that innovates the future of marketing.

     

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    UAT Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela teaches Student Innovation Projects, Business and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Branding, and Art and Design courses. 

    Director of Marketing or Chief Marketing Officer

    Salary range and growth are pretty difficult to nail down for a Director of Marketing or Chief Marketing Officer. Partly because top pay is only one aspect of this position. Usually, there are a lot of great perks, including structured bonuses or stock options depending on whether the company met its Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) once you've reached Director, VP, or executive level. Regardless, there is a lot of reporting, reviewing, and team management to ensure the efforts of your teams actually executing the work are aligned with company goals. 

    And suffice it to say, this is the one job within the Digital Arts field out of all listed in this article that will likely spend the least amount of time actually creating art. But creation isn’t for everyone all the time and those that create often need a leader. Some of us also gradually move into a place where we appreciate seeing the great work of others and find fulfillment in helping to bring a whole team together to win collectively. As Chief Marketing Officer, you can do that. And an innovative Master’s degree from UAT will help you get there faster.

    Be The Next Bob Ross

    The next Bob Ross is out there. Our bet is that he will pop up in the digital art world. She (or he) will blaze their own trail and bring art to millions in a way never before experienced. That could be you. And UAT can help. Request more information or apply today!

     

     

     

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    Behind the Scenes: A Focus on Digital Video


    From Education through Industry Expectations  In a time where anyone and everyone is a creator, whether on TikTok or YouTube or any of the other popular mediums, there’s a lot more to filming quality videos, even when using the best smart phones or cameras. Bill...

    From Education through Industry Expectations 

    In a time where anyone and everyone is a creator, whether on TikTok or YouTube or any of the other popular mediums, there’s a lot more to filming quality videos, even when using the best smart phones or cameras.

    Bill Slater is head of the Digital Video Bachelor's Degree Program at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). The program has many objectives for students to create professional quality visuals in terms of camerawork, composition and lighting, plus understanding color correction, sound quality, and much more. 

    Bill Slater

    In additional to teaching at UAT, Bill is the Owner of Edit Alchemy, a full service post-production studio in Phoenix. For more than 20 years, he has been a videographer/editor of broadcast television, plus radio and web commercials, producing documentaries, non-profit fundraising, infomercials, corporate and industrial videos, education videos and more. 

    Read on for advice from Bill, including possible careers in digital video (DV) and how to use what you have at home to get started. 

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    How do you work with local industry for projects, and bring that experience to students? 

    I’ve owned a video production company since 2000. (I am full time faculty at UAT, but I also have kept my industry client roster active — visit my LinkedIn profile at linkedin.com/in/editalchemy for more on my professional background.) Through my agency/production industry contacts, I bring real world projects to UAT students to hone their skills.

    The world is on a deadline — there is no better way to learn a skill than to have definite time/production goals with a real client to please. I tell my students that YouTube tutorials are fine, but they will never replace one-on-one mentoring. At UAT, subject matter experts like myself teach viable industry skills that have immediate application in the workplace. It’s what we do.

    Do students already need a background in software or photography to get started?

    Not really, although some basic skills will help. I almost prefer that students come without preconceived ideas about how production/design works — then I know that they will get the most out of the instruction here at the school.

    What kind of jobs do students go on to get after graduating with a Digital Video focus?

    That’s a great question! One of my students recently started working for the Maricopa County Department of Health Services creating their social media/web content — while still in Production Studio class. Another student went on to become a Nuke/After Effects compositor for a local creative agency, while another is an up-and-coming still photographer with his own business. The possibilities are endless.

    What is your favorite part of the program?

    Interacting with my students. I love that “Ah HA!” moment when they start using the tools instead of the other way around. That’s a genuine thrill for any instructor.

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    What are ways students can practice creating videos without expensive equipment? For example, what can you do with a phone camera?

    Wow, that’s a deep subject! Smartphones have hi-res cameras as well as the ability to use plugins, effects inside apps and even edit on your phone. A recent Production Studio class created an ad campaign for UAT that used their smartphones as the main camera.

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    How can you create your own set up, like a light box?

    You can make a simple light box from a 24” x 24” cardboard box, open on one side with pre-cut windows — check out these simple instructions at https://fixthephoto.com/diy-light-box.html. You can also put a microphone in a closet full of clothes — this makes a pretty decent “dead air” voiceover booth, and even works well with your phone mic.

    What are the basics of lighting a subject?

    3-point lighting is the basic interview setup (https://manycam.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/three-point-lighting.png). Using a key light, fill light and backlight (or hair light) and knowing how to use camera depth-of-field is all you need. I teach my students to generally avoid using “Auto” settings — they need to be in control of all aspects of the shoot. Of course, the little tips and tricks that will make your video stunning are also what we teach here at UAT.

     


    Interested in finding out more about UAT's DV program? Visit https://www.uat.edu/digital-video-degree  or email admissions@uat.edu.

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    Benchy: The ‘Jolly’ 3D Printer Torture Tester


    A Small Boat with a Big Purpose What is a ‘Benchy’? Benchy is a small model of a boat made by Swedish technology reseller, Creative Tools. It is a calibration model designed to be printed quickly, and without support, to highlight the problems your printer may have under extreme circumstances. From Creative Tools on their Thingiverse page...

    A Small Boat with a Big Purpose

    What is a ‘Benchy’?

    Benchy is a small model of a boat made by Swedish technology reseller, Creative Tools. It is a calibration model designed to be printed quickly, and without support, to highlight the problems your printer may have under extreme circumstances. From Creative Tools on their Thingiverse page for the model, “(Benchy) is a 3D model designed by us at Creative Tools specifically for testing and benchmarking 3D printers. It is a small recognisable object that you can download for free, make and share.” On their page for the model, they encourage users to print the small boat and document their results as well as settings used for printing the model. They offer a multitude of social media sites to share the results of your own Benchy. You can find the Thingiverse page for the model at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622

    The name given to the small boat, Benchy, stands for “benchmark”. The boat model was designed with torture testing in mind, as it includes challenging geometric features such as bridges, overhangs, small text and steep angles. The idea behind printing a Benchy boat is to be able to figure out exactly what your printer’s weakest point is. As it is known, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” In the case of 3D printers, this is also true.

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    Why You Should Print a Benchy

    By printing out a Benchy boat, you may be able to realize areas of improvement your 3D printer needs. For example, after you print out a Benchy on your own 3D printer, you may realize there are areas of inadequate part cooling, under-extrusion, stringing, etc. Lots of people use a Benchy to test new filament colors, new materials, or new settings using that filament. Furthermore, a Benchy can also highlight problems that may occur during print setup, such as layer delamination, command errors or the filament itself.

    If you would like to learn of all the kinds of problems that can occur before or during printing, you can check out the Print Quality Troubleshooting Guide by Simplify3D here: https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/

    There is no wrong way to print out a Benchy, so get printing and test your printer!

    References:

    The 3D Benchy ‘torture test’ that pushes 3D printers to the limit. (2020, July 10). 3D Printing Industry. https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/3d-benchy-torture-test-pushes-3d-printers-limit-103662/ 

    Print quality guide. (2019, June 21). Professional 3D Printing Software | Simplify3D. https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/ 

    Thingiverse.com. (n.d.). #3DBenchy - The Jolly 3D printing torture-test by CreativeTools.se by CreativeTools. Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622 

    What does a chain is as strong as its weakest link mean? (2017, March 21). Writing Explained. https://writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary/a-chain-is-as-strong-as-its-weakest-link 

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    Student Spotlight: Justice McNeeley


    Student Innovator and Positive Thinker At the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), we have both online and on campus students from across the country, all looking to use their skills to innovate for their passions. These innovations can...

    Student Innovator and Positive Thinker

    At the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), we have both online and on campus students from across the country, all looking to use their skills to innovate for their passions. These innovations can assist with challenges that personally impact students and their families, and they are excited to be part of creating the solutions. One such student is Justice McNeeley. We talked with Justice to find out more about his current life and plans for the future. 

    Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from?

    My name is Justice McNeeley, I'm 22 years old and live in Pine, Arizona. At 14 months old I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy type 2, or SMA2 for short. Everyone's body creates two types of muscular protein called RNM 1 and 2, and my body only creates one of these which leads to deteriorating muscle growth over time.

    What are your interests?

    Some of the interests that I love to do are hunting, fishing, working with horses, videogames, RC racing, and 3D printing. When I was little, I never thought much about my disease, but as I became older, I noticed that my disease was progressing and started to change physically. Once this happened, I started to notice that it was a lot more difficult to do stuff that I used to do daily, such as camping, trail riding, and keeping friends, because I wasn't able to go and do the stuff, they were able to do and various other things as well. But then I started meeting people that were in the same situation that I was that are doing things that you wouldn't even imagine could be possible and changed my mindset both physically and mentally.

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    I have a friend named Dan, and he was in an accident which resulted in him becoming blind, but did this stop him? No, not even close. He's been on many hunts over the years and has harvested some amazing animals as well as started a non-profit disability hunting organization called "No Excuse Hunting" to show people that no matter what situation you’re in that there are people out there that want to help people do what they think is impossible.

    Another friend of mine named Ryan has the same type of disease that I do (SMA), and he figured out how to build a shooting system for his wheelchair that runs an actuator with a push of a button to help him pull the trigger. He has also taken a pontoon boat and made it wheelchair accessible so he can go fishing whenever he likes.

    Once I started meeting All of these amazing people, I started to realize that I can enjoy life to the fullest, although I have to do it a little bit differently. I would say I have proven that over the years, from hunting by the north rim of the Grand Canyon (kabab) to deep-sea fishing in Mexico to flying to Hawaii. If you never give in, anything is possible. Now were all these easy by any means? No, not even close, but by having my friends and family and the man upstairs to help me push forward, I was and still am able to overcome many of these challenges to make it a reality.

    When did you start at UAT and what are you studying?

    I started UAT back in September of 2021. I am currently working toward a Digital Maker & Fabrication Bachelor of Science degree.

    Why did you choose UAT?

    The reason I chose UAT is that they offer a degree that helps me with what I plan to do in the future.

    What are you enthusiastic about? 

    I am very enthusiastic about being myself and never changing who I am, while using my creativity to always put a smile on somebody's face.

    What are you hoping for your career path after graduation?

    To be honest, I'm not 100% on what my plans are after college, but I hope to do something to help people with disabilities, such as making adaptive equipment or 3D printing homes.

    What’s the best advice you received to help with your education thus far?

    Think simple, that's when you can accomplish any task at hand.

    Anything else you’d like to add?

    No matter how hard a challenge/obstacle is that presents itself physically, having the motivation and your loved ones close, you can accomplish anything. Because if I can do it, surely you can too!!

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    Top Simulation and Creation Careers Outlook - 2022 Guide


    Back in the day, humankind primarily used tools for survival. When their tools developed and life got more comfortable, they started using thier tools to solve other problems, make things better, and add convenience to their lives. We call that innovation.  Over the last century, key innovators developed the tools we use today, like computers and robots and 3D printers...

    Back in the day, humankind primarily used tools for survival. When their tools developed and life got more comfortable, they started using thier tools to solve other problems, make things better, and add convenience to their lives. We call that innovation. 

    Over the last century, key innovators developed the tools we use today, like computers and robots and 3D printers — just to name a few of the finest that mankind has ever concocted thus far. And with those tools, have made some of most interesting and life-changing things known to humanity.

    Now that we're here, you and your fellow future innovators can be a part of the next level of tools that will make even cooler and more impactful things. Things that advance humanity to the next level. Things we can only just now imagine— if you can imagine. If you're reading this, it's likely the things you — yes, you —are imagining right now.

    Top 5 Careers in Simulation and Creation—List and Overview

    • Product Designer
    • Robotics Engineer
    • Embedded Systems Engineer
    • UX/UI Developer
    • Virtual Reality Engineer
    • Inventor

    The list above represents the broadest strokes of careers involved in simulation and creation. There are and will continue to be a multitude of niche specialties within all fields.

     

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    Product Designer

    Median annual salary: $82,361 (Glassdoor) (BLS)
    Ranked on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

    CAD training & product development to launch skills 

    Robotics Engineer

    Median annual salary: 

    When we think of the career Robotics Engineer, we think of one word: Skynet. Yes, it’s macabre, but it’s 2022; Terminator: Salvation took place in 2018 and we are pretty sure those crazy robot eels weren’t jumping out of the water through the cockpits of helicopters back in good ol’ pre-Covid 2018. So, we can comfortably watch the Terminator movies and take notes of how not to handle time travel and how best to handle the creation of robots.

    The first rule, of course, make them weak, like Elon wants to do. (Click here to read about his Muskite robots.)

    And while Elon plans to make his robots at a whopping 5 foot 8 inches and 125 pounds, he’s doing that for a reason. And as a robotics engineer, you will work through all of those reasons.

    The robotics engineers of tomorrow will be consumed with the task of creating robots to perform all kinds of functions from complex and varied assembly in factory automation, to active security monitoring, to personal assistants. Basically, any task that is mundane for humanity, will be the perfect task for a robot. Doing the dishes comes to mind.

    But a lot goes into that. Consider the mechanical and software requirements in order to make a robot able to do the dishes. The robot must be physically tall enough and strong enough to bend down and pick up dishes then reach up and put them away in cupboard. On top of that, it requires hardware that allows it take in visual information. Software to process that information. Logic to determine what it should do based on certain protocol.

    It’s a lot, but that’s where you come in. You’ll be on the front lines of creating the first generation of autonomous humanoid robots. Just don’t name the first one Arnold or T-800.

    A Robotics and Embedded Systems degree can help you get there. 

    Embedded Systems Engineer

    Median annual salary: 

    The idea of an embedded systems engineer is broad. And while you can find plenty of job postings for this career, the duties required in each can vary greatly. Some organizations will have an embedded systems engineer worked on one aspect of software that is designed for a specific plug-and-play type task in a greater system. Other organizations have embedded engineers involved with the whole system.

    And while the scope can vary, the role of an embedded engineer is essentially that they are tasked with ensuring that a specific thing does what it’s supposed to do.

    Take our Muskite robot doing the dishes for us. With all the different parts of creating the robot to wash the dishes, over any one of those aspects, an embedded engineer could find him or herself in charge and finding solutions.

    For instance, there could be a single piece of software dedicated to identifying every dish and keeping a database of the locations in the kitchen for each dish.

    If it sounds meticulous and complicated, that’s because it is.

    And because it is, plenty of embedded engineers go on to grab higher education beyond their four-year degree, putting other tools in their mental tool belt to tackle these varied and highly nuanced problems.

    A Robotics and Embedded Systems degree can help you get there. 

    UX Designer

    Median annual salary: $92,050 (Glassdoor
    Ranked on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022

     
    UX/UI Developer

    Median annual salary: 

    Of all the careers in this list, this one isn’t going away anytime soon.

    UX/UI stand for user experience/user interaction. These are the geniuses with the education and experience necessary to design the next iPhone so you don’t need a user manual for it. Think about, of the advanced technology we use every day, when was the last time you had a user manual for it? With a smartphone, there’s a main button (or there used to be), a sleep mode type button, volume up and down—that’s about it. Otherwise, it’s all swipey-swipey, pinch to zoom, and tap-tap (not the Double-Tap. This isn’t Zombieland. This is real.)

    UX/UI Developers undoubtedly had a hand in those minimalistic design decisions that now define what we call the smartphone. But, that’s just the beginning. Once the minimalism is in place, the UX/UI peeps have to craft the interface so everything is as intuitive as possible. (Basically, so that everything works exactly like you would expect it to work. It’s kind of a mind game.)

    But UX/UI Developers aren’t stuck in the world of smartphones. They are integral to IoT. You know the Ring? No, not the terrifying horror flick with the creepy girl, but isn’t it strange that a doorbell and a IoT video doorbell system share the same name?

    Regardless, the Ring or the Nest or any of the other variations on the video doorbell theme all require the input of a UX/UI Developer. From the hardware to the software, UX/UI Developers are needed to ensure this thing and all the other IoTs out there work the way our Uncle Cletus would expect. No offense, Uncle Cletus.

    A Human Computer Interaction degree can help you get there. 

    TRANSFORM THE WAY WE INTERACT WITH TECHNOLOGY

    University of Advancing Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), which prepares students with real-world skills to tackle the evolution of IoT and UX infused hardware, software, mobile and more. 

    Human Computer Interaction has its foundations in the interfaces and interactions between electronic devices and the users that rely upon them. Great HCI design leads to the satisfied adoption of new, advanced and innovative user interface software and technologies. The study and practice of designing interactions transform the human computer interaction experience, so the computer is no longer a distracting focus of attention, but rather an invisible tool that empowers the individual user. 

    Strong HCI design enhances creativity, bolsters human-to-human collaboration, extends productivity, increases safety and makes interacting with devices enjoyable. Applications of good HCI practices include mobile and web applications, game and simulation, IoT devices, wearable technologies, novel use of computer technologies in education, intelligent interfaces, virtual and augmented reality environments and new I/O devices.

    Virtual Reality Engineer

    Median annual salary: 

    This career will also not be going away anytime soon, and may well see an insane boom in demand with the rise of the Metaverse. Thanks, Zuck.

    Normally, when we think of a Virtual Reality (VR) Engineer, we think of games or the Oculus headset, but there is much more to it than just that.

    Like what? Because games are pretty awesome.

    That they are, my friend, but there are also games that professionals play in the real world. Well, professionals don’t call them games, they call them simulators. It’s a word of Latin origin, so it sounds fancier, but it’s basically all the same.

    The simulators of today for pilots are giant full-flight machines that cause a pilot to feel many of the sensations they would feel when in actual flight. But what if all of that could be accomplished in a VR setting? Would it be the same, no, but what if flight itself became a VR occupation? What if planes were integrated with VR technology so that the next-generation pilot never had to leave the ground?

    Boring? Maybe, but safer. This way more than two pilots could captain an aircraft. They could swap out if one was feeling ill or their concentration began to waver.

    And what about the other simulators out there? Like police simulators to help officers train to breach a building. Or practice their firing to keep from shooting civilians?

    The simulation possibilities are almost as extensive as the gaming possibilities.

    A Bachelor of Arts degree (soon to be Bachelor of Science) in Virtual Reality can help you get there. 

    Inventor

    median annual salary: 

    Ah, the humble inventor. He goes by many names: Musk, Gates, Zuckerberg, Tesla, Hopper, Edison, Ford—the list goes on. Some invented ideas like mass assembly. Some invented software and programming languages that tell our machines what to do. Others are inventing our future robotic overlords and rockets to outer space. But they all invented; they all created something incredible.

    And they all also probably invented things that were deemed useless. They probably failed more times than they found success with their inventions. As an inventor of any kind, this is a concept you come to know well. It is not often that something is perfect the first time around. Take it straight from Musk: 

    If things are not failing you are not innovating." (Elon Musk, 2019)

    UAT has a program for the inventor who needs a start. The next generation of inventing will be wrapped up in prototyping and fabrication and with UAT’s Digital Maker and Fabrication Degree, you can position yourself to be an entrepreneur who can rapidly print up your ideas and get them into the market. Or, also good, position yourself to start a business doing rapid prototyping for other businesses.

    This is the degree and the field for the self-starter. The one who wants to take on the world with their ideas. UAT can help you learn to make your ideas a reality.

    A degree from UAT can help you get there. UAT - SIP Projects, no matter your degree - exposed to a continuum of other technical areas. 

     

    USER-CENTRIC GENERATIVE DESIGN

    As an inventor and innovator, it is now possible to prototype, evaluate and bring creations to market by way of digital fabrication tools. The Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) degree at University of Advancing Technology prepares graduates to design and build new technology devices by combining design theory, programming, materials, human factors and prototyping with 3D printing and other maker technologies. 

    DMF degree or Robotics and Embedded Systems.

    Consider a Master's Degree in Innovation

    Master's with Robotics module

     

     

    The general field of simulation and creation careers is broad and in demand. As technology continues it climb up the power curve of innovation, the need for more and better simulations, the need for engineers to create the means by which a person may interact with the digital, will only grow. Get in on that world. Position yourself to be a leader in this new world of innovation and development. 

    So if you've been waiting for the inspiration, here it is. You can do it. You can be the next one to make it happen. You can be a part of the evolution of technology. You can innovate and UAT can help. 

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    Top Game Development Careers and Outlook - 2022 Guide


    Having a career in video games is a lot like having a career in space unicorn husbandry. First off, space unicorns are incredible, some may even say fantastical, creatures. Small adjectives will not do justice to a unicorn that can fly through space (especially if Parry Gripp has hold of the reigns, aiming its marshmallow laser.) All of that is amazing, but to be a farmer of...

    Having a career in video games is a lot like having a career in space unicorn husbandry. First off, space unicorns are incredible, some may even say fantastical, creatures. Small adjectives will not do justice to a unicorn that can fly through space (especially if Parry Gripp has hold of the reigns, aiming its marshmallow laser.)

    All of that is amazing, but to be a farmer of said magical beasts? To be able to grow such animals from space foal to space colt to space unicorn? Yes, there is the tedium of gathering hay made of solid gold and dew from the Elysium fields to feed the creatures day in and day out, but even that can be rewarding. Yes, someone has to break the animals, so they don’t go on a rampage with that horn growing out of their face. They’ll need a good farrier to shoe them, too. And, of course, the horseshoes will have to be made of mithril from the mines of Bruenor Battlehammer himself, but, still, it’s a small price to pay to be near something so cool.

    Having a career in video games is a lot like that.

    There are a lot of different jobs that go into making the next installment of Halo. There are designers, developers, programmers, testers, artists, animators—the list goes on. And while not one of them does all the work on all aspects of the project, they all contribute their part to make Master Chief more awesome-er this time than when we were first terrified by the Flood back in the original Halo.

    So, you want a career in gaming? Who could blame you? To be apart of that industry really is akin to helping raise space unicorns. If there was ever an application for the saying, make your vocation your vacation, this is it. So, read on, and see where you can fit into this world of gaming careers and make your work days as fun as your weekends.

    Top 9 Careers in Game Development—List and Overview

    • Game Tester
    • Game Designer
    • Game Developer/Programmer
    • Game Artist/Animator
    • Game Producer/Game Development Manager
    • Virtual Reality (Gaming Emphasis—VR Developer, VR/AR/MR analyst, etc.)

     

     

    Game Tester

     

    We are starting with what is likely the coolest for those who like playing video games. Consider it. You can get paid to play video games.

    Yeah.

    Let’s read that together again: you can get paid to play video games.

    It’s okay. Take a minute and collect yourself.

    But, there is a saying. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. This is no exception.

    A game tester isn’t someone who gets to mess around leveling up all day, schoolin’ noobs with their OP weapons, and drinking Mountain Dew until they have an aneurysm. There is a fair amount of playing, but a game tester gets the game in the early stage and is intentionally looking for ways to crash the game. Then, once they find the crash points, they do detailed write ups to show the developers how they crashed the game so those guys can go back and fix the problems. Sometimes the game testers will dive into the mechanics of the game itself and figure out what’s wrong, but typically, a QA person identifies the problem and then lets the people who made the problem fix it themselves.

    But even though it sounds like they just want someone who can play a game and find the problems, companies want someone who can do this on a professional level. They are looking for someone with a background in game design, technical art, or computer programming (all degrees that UAT can provide). And these companies expect a high level of communication, problem-solving skills, and someone who is a good all-around worker.

    So, an awesome career? Absolutely. A slacker job that you will be embarrassed about at Thanksgiving. Not at all.

     

    Game Designer

     

    In the analogy of space unicorns, the game designer dreams up the idea of a space unicorn. It is a highly creative, high-level career that helps define the vision for the project. How complicated or detailed the designer gets in the planning stage is dependent on the project and the company. For instance, some companies use multiple designers on a single project, each to attack a specific part of the game, then they bring them all together.

    It's a tough job mentally and a highly creative one. Imagine being one of the designers who came up with the idea for Fortnite. Or Halo. It’s awesome work and one that is important enough to the life-cycle of gaming that UAT has an entire degree program set up to prepare you for this career. Check it out, or if such a high-level, creative career isn’t your brand of spectacular, read on.

     

    Game Developer/Programmer

     

    The difference between a Game Developer and a Game Programmer can be subtle, so we are grouping them together here.

    Essentially, they will do the same work. They take the design concept dreamed up by the Game Designer(s) and make it a beautiful, living, breathing space unicorn. These video game marvels are skilled in coding, AI, and other computer science-y type of left-brain thinking, while also being well-versed in today’s video game creation tools.

    The nice thing about UAT is that they walk you through these different aspects of video game creation. This way, by the time you come to graduation, you have a portfolio to show off to your new employer complete with a Student Innovation Project putting your wizard-like skills on full display.

     

    Game Art/Game Animator

     

    Again, we have opted to combine these two as the differences can be subtle and in a smaller organization, one may actually be both.

    The Game Artist will focus more on everything from concept, story-telling art all the way to the final artwork used in the game. The Game artist will be looking more at the 2D side of the game art, using all his/her complex skills in artistry to get there.

    The Game Animator will be looking at, obviously, the animation side of things. They will take the 2D art and turn it into 3D art. Then take those 3D static renderings and make animations to be used during the game.

    Now, maybe you’re saying, but I can draw real good. Like real good. I can do this without a degree.

    Well, yeah, you probably can be an artist without this type of degree. But if you want a career as a Video Game Artist or Animator, you’ll have to take your abilities in art and marry them with technical skills and knowledge that UAT can provide. After all, your amazing watercolor technique for creating hyper realistic portraits is amazing, but unless you can blend it up in, well, Blender, or whatever your future employer wants, you’ll just be good at doing awesome watercolor. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not Game Artist or Animator level. Lucky for you, UAT can get you there.

     

    Two Secret Video Game Careers To Consider

    Now, there are a lot of careers that coincide with a career in the Gaming Industry as a whole, but that don’t directly relate to working on the video games. (Think anything in HR, accounting, sales, IT—yes, even Gaming Careers need IT help now and then. If you are interested in IT, check out THIS ARTICLE that can help you decide if IT wizardry is your calling.)

    The two careers mentioned below also fall into this idea of jobs needed for any business to run, but these two will be a little more involved in the actual game itself.

    • Project Manager
    • Product Marketing Manager

    Both of these careers were written about in THIS ARTICLE about business careers that UAT can prepare you for. If you are reading through this list, thinking, I would love to be associated with video games, but I’m more of a business minded person and not too technical, hop over to that article and consider how those jobs are essential to the video game industry. Because they are.

     

    Be A Master of Gaming Production

     

    UAT has an innovative Master’s program. Each of the four main degree plans has two essential modules and two elective modules. With the Gaming Production and Management plan, you will find yourself working on Game Development and Game Production with two elective modules to pair it with. You could grab the Tech to Market module to help you learn how to bring new games to market or the App Development module to gain an understanding of what it would take to make you games cross-platform friendly. The choice is yours.

    So, if you’ve been on the design or development side for a while, or you’ve been doing game art all the live long day and are ready to move up the ladder, then grab a master’s degree, and move on to one the last two careers on the list.

     

    Game Development Manager

     

    This a management occupation directly related to managing different aspects of a game’s development. Sometimes this title will read Game Development Manager, at other times, it will read Game Design Manager. At any rate, it will be less about doing the thing and more about helping the people do the thing. But the best managers know something—or a lot of things—about the things the people are supposed to be doing. So, this position is usually reserved for someone with extensive education and/or experience.

     

    Game Producer

     

    The game producer is the one who sets everything in motion. He/she is the one to bring in a designer, maybe even find a few artists, and get the ball rolling on the game. Maybe the producer has the game concept himself before getting started, but not likely. This is management, after all. They are concerned with making sure everyone is equipped with the tools they need and set in the direction they need to go, then help them cross the finish line all together to see the birth of the first real life space unicorn.

     

    Did We Mention Virtual Reality?

    With the Meta on the rise and AR/VR/IR growing and innovating every day, the different careers associated with this grows commensurately. Today we look at screens to interact with computers. Tomorrow, if Elon Musk gets his way, the interface will be neural in the form of an implanted chip creating a new reality mixed in with or replacing our current reality. It sounds far-fetched, but it’s closer than any space unicorn we’ve seen.

     

    Video Game Careers and Shoeing Space Unicorns

     

    It sounds crazy. And sure, there are no such things as space unicorns—at least, not yet. But once upon a time, there was no such thing as Fortnite, or Halo, or Golden Eye, or Doom, or Dune, or Civilization, or Master of Orion 2, or Command and Conquer, or Master of Orion 1, or the Legend of Zelda, or Super Mario Bros. You get the point. Today’s ordinary and cool is yesterday’s amazing impossibility. Once upon a time all the games just mentioned were as fantastic and as far away as a space unicorn. But technology changed and grew with peoples’ dreams. And it will continue to do so until one day we are all able to fly through the cosmos on our own space unicorn. Maybe only in the Meta, but still.

    Until that time, grab a degree from UAT and be apart of the system that will get us all closer to the fantastic.

     

     

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    Cool Courses to Take This Semester


    Stack your schedule with the coolest courses in advancing technology and stay up to speed with the latest technology trends and advancements. Professor Kendra...

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    Stack your schedule with the coolest courses in advancing technology and stay up to speed with the latest technology trends and advancements.

    Professor Kendra Kim introduces students to integrated modeling, design, analysis, manufacturing and control of smart electromechanical systems in RBT479: Mechatronics. Students will produce a project related to electrical components and analysis, intelligent controls, sensors and instrumentation, mechanical components and analysis, digital processing and hardware, drives and actuators, or communication and interfacing.

    Learn how to prototype and explore the key steps of the engineering design process in DBM215: Prototyping Tools and Practices. Professor Ron Zabawa will teach students how to properly define a problem and provide a solution, whether it’s a product, a service or something else entirely. Through reviewing case studies of the humble beginnings and vast evolution of world-changing products, this course will illustrate the importance of the cycle of listening, building a prototype, testing, learning and repeating.

    CSC438: Algorithms, Frameworks and Design Patterns for Artificial Intelligence prepares students to solve applied AI, machine learning and deep learning problems in the field of artificial intelligence. In this course, Professor Tony Hinton will teach the ability to design, code, test and improve AI systems using algorithm-driven designs. This is a project-based class—students will gain experience modifying or replacing existing algorithms. Students also have the opportunity to build intelligent, anonymous software bots and make swarms!

    SCI388: Science and Math in the Real World is a combination course of physical science and math taught by Professors Heather Peters and Nathan Glover. Designed to introduce students to the wonders and complexities of the world around them, students will learn to connect math and science in an integrative way. This course also covers the scientific method, using math to justify reasoning and constructing models to represent real-world phenomena.

    New to maker studio equipment and maker-style technologies? DBM150: Introduction to Maker Studio is an introduction to the use of common maker equipment. This course is intended for non-digital maker and fabrication majors to explore creating entry-level props and functional prototypes. Maker-style technologies and techniques provide tools and pathways for designers from any of UAT’s programs to rapidly create versions of their ideas. Bring your ideas to life with a physical form, as they evolve toward applications.

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    Meet New Freshman Zideja Bowie


    Zideja Bowie, an Arizona native born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, is a freshman at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) studying Digital Marketing. Zideja...

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    Zideja Bowie, an Arizona native born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, is a freshman at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) studying Digital Marketing. Zideja believes their outgoing personality is well suited for marketing and chose this degree because they love the process of uncovering the market and discovering what the target market wants.

    Interested in tech for as long as they can remember, Zideja states, “It’s nice knowing that everyone at UAT is here for the same reason: we all love technology!” They chose UAT because they love the intimate feel of the campus and classes.

    In Zideja’s short time attending UAT, they had the opportunity to really get to know everyone and has gained an incredible, supportive group of friends.

    Zideja is inspired by Maya Angelou, who made her mark on this world through hard work. Zideja has many hobbies outside of their studies, including gardening, watching anime, listening to music, reading and writing poetry.

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    Meet New Freshman Tyler Prettyman


    Hailing from a small town in Ohio, Tyler Prettyman is earning his Network Security degree, believing there are many great possibilities in the field. Choosing UAT for its core values,...

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    Hailing from a small town in Ohio, Tyler Prettyman is earning his Network Security degree, believing there are many great possibilities in the field.

    Choosing UAT for its core values, Tyler believes he is already on his way to success at UAT, stating, “I picked a college that I knew I would get something out of, and UAT was the right fit.”

    Tyler is happy to have started right off the bat with degree-specific classes and enjoys the structure of the trimester system. Through these, he’s gained great insight into the vastness of the cyber aspect of technology.

    As the current the GeekRho Secretary and UAT Esports President for competing teams, Tyler states, “I have found a second home.” Catch Tyler at one of the many club meetings on campus.

    Tyler has always been fascinated by technology and how it works. Some of his favorite hobbies include building and learning about building computers, watching anime and playing video games.

    One of Tyler’s role models is his dad, who taught him how to be a good person, set himself up for success and be self-sufficient. Also inspired by his uncle, who is a successful businessman, Tyler has been provided amazing opportunities that opened his eyes to the world.

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