The Digital Entertainment and Technology club is returning to campus after disbanding in 2007 due to dwindling interest.
Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of information technology, was prompted to bring the club back due to the support of the rapidly growing DET major, and to help students from every discipline who have an interest in making films, animations or games.
“We actually started it in 2007 but we didn’t have enough interest, primarily because there was not a DET major. Now we have a lot of students in DET the club is growing and there is a lot of excitement,” said Burton.
Meetings usually consist of some activity that is related to the field of technology: film, animation and game development.
“Generally, a meeting is going to have a short little tutorial on something to do with digital entertainment technology,” said Burton. “In the last meeting we learned to put special effects in movies, like how something catches on fire or explodes without any real property damage. We will also cover things like making films, how to do animation or game development; a different topic each time.”
In two weeks, the club is planning on going down to a convention called the Captivate Conference.
“We are going to the Captivate Conference in two weeks. It’s in Austin and it’s music, film, animation and game development,” Burton said. “We have 19-20 people already signed up and going. We are very excited about this opportunity.”
Rachel Magill, freshman DET major from League City, said she cant wait to learn more about technology.
“I hope I’ll be able to learn how to work better with technology and be able to turn 2-D into 3-D art. I hope to learn different types of digital entertainment and be able to meet new people so that way we will be able to work together on projects,” Magill said.
The Digital Arts and Technology club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Mabee Business Building Room 201.