At its tenth anniversary conference on November 9, 2012, the International Digital Media and Arts Association presented the Student Showcase Award to East Tennessee State University’s Digital Media Program. The Digital Media Program presented works from 20 students ranging from 3D visual effects and animation, motion graphics, video and print design. Students featured in the showcase were Patrick Adkins , Min-Zhi Chin, Julia Correnti, Sara de Miguel, Patrick Donovan, Aria Dunn, Kristin Goins, Ryan Grubb, Cory Guscio, Ben Harris, Bryant Hollifield, Ashely King, Mikaela Minihan, Casey Mullins, Karla Njathi, Robert Owens, William Reinhard, Catherine Weinhold, Jack Wesson, and Mitchell Wilson.

The iDMAa Student Showcase recognizes academic programs focusing on digital media whose students are pushing the boundaries of digital art and design. The Student Showcase Award is given to the program whose student work best meets criteria for creativity, excellence, and technical competency.

Awards for outstanding student works in digital art, games and research, as well as the overall program award were selected by a panel of distinguished jurors: Greg Mitchell, Cinematics Director for Epic Games Studio, Dr. Peter Raad, Founder of The GuildHall at SMU, Chantel Benson, Project Manager at Mixamo, Inc., and Suzanne Plesha, Assoc. Director at the Center for Media Design, BSU.

Artists from across the nation were selected to exhibit their work at the 10th anniversary of the iDEAs Show in Miami, Florida. Among those was Digital Media faculty member Jonathan Hounshell who won one of three awards given for Digital and Electronic Art.