Poster designed by Cosey Simmons, Class of Spring 2023 The Digital Media program’s graduating class held their spring Senior Showcase on May 5th at the D.P. Culp Student Center. The event, which is organized entirely by the undergraduates, provided an opportunity for the graduating students to showcase their work and personal projects to friends, family, professors, and peers. The students’ concentrations varied from concept art to technical direction, and the marketing materials and interactive pieces for the event were all created by the graduating class. The program is known for its exceptional modeling skills and had various 3D printed statues Continue Reading
Senior Portfolio Spotlight Here is a peek at the board game concept, Dungeon Dashers, created by Kurt Woodward, class of 2023. In the game, four iconic heroes clash in a race to be the one who escape with the dungeon’s treasure. Game play pits you against other players as well as an army of the undead and mimics who are intent upon leaving you forlorn and empty handed. You can see more of Kurts digital artwork, creatures and 3D models at Kurt_Creates on ArtStation “This board game was a project based thesis where I spent two semesters developing this game Continue Reading
Senior Portfolio Spotlight We’d like to share a glimpse of Jane Anderson’s look development workflow for her original story Wellspring. Jane uses a combination of 3D modeling, sculpting and digital painting techniques in addition to 3D printing to envision her characters and environments for Wellspring. You can discover more in her portfolio at FranDookie on ArtStation “I think I have been drawing toons like Ayvel my whole life, I have just never been able to find a design I wanted to stick with. I am a fan of intelligent, flawed, and awkward characters- I think I finally found an iteration Continue Reading
Senior Portfolio Spotlight Paige Gleason, class of 2023, designed, developed and illustrated a digital magazine prototype, Astrophilia, one of many designs and illustrations found in her senior portfolio at PaigeGleasonArt. Several of Paige’s portfolio pieces have won student accolades from the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. But in 2022, Asprophilia not only won local Best in Show, the entry moved on to the topmost, national level, winning Student Gold and a coveted Judges Choice student award, one of only three in the competition, nationwide.
East Tennessee State University has been ranked the Top School in Tennessee for the 2023 Animation School Rankings. The online resource Animation Career Review considered nearly 200 schools with animation programs across the United States in determining the 12th annual rankings. No. 1 in Tennessee for Animation No. 1 in Tennessee for Game Design No. 7 Nationally for Animation B.S. Degree The ETSU Digital Media Department in the College of Business and Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in digital media with concentrations in animation, game design, visualization and visual effects. There is also a digital media minor for students Continue Reading
Recently, we’ve heard some great news from two of our own who now are using their talents at Epic Games, one of the world’s leading interactive entertainment companies and provider of 3D engine technology. You might have also heard of their the hugely popular game Fortnite! Bodé and Jarrett are both thrilled to work on this amazing title. Bodé Alaka Bodé, one of our alumni, recently began full-time employment at Epic as a Character Designer / Concept Artist. Bodé’s portfolio is on ArtStation and it depicts one of his Fortnite concepts, “Stitch.” Jarrett McGill Jarrett recently began as an Animation Continue Reading
At the 2022 Senior Showcase, Ashley Thomas frames up a lofty achievement with Professor Todd Emma. At the 2022 Senior Showcase, Visual Effects students and their favorite actors pose with Associate Professor James Livingston. At the 2022 Senior Showcase, students from the NSAC team pose with Professor Jonathan Hounshell. Senior Showcase Demo Reel
ETSU’s National Student Advertising team placed in the top eight of the National Student Advertising Competition semi-finals after winning first place in the district 7 competition. This is the third time in five years that ETSU students have competed at the finals. Students on the NSAC team represent the ETSU Departments of Media and Communication and Digital Media. This semester, they collaborated to create an advertising solution for the 2022 competition client Meta and its VR device, the Quest 2. At the district level, the team competed against seven other universities, including second place winner Lee University and third place Continue Reading
Sullivan Perry (class of 2021) directed, filmed and edited his first music video. The track is “Let Them Eat Cake” by the artist Fleurie who has 3,498,816 monthly listeners. Sullivan poses with the Fleurie and the crew in a series of outtakes that play during the music video’s rolling credits. Let Them Eat Cake by Fleurie Sullivan Perry’s Portfolio Sullivan’s B.S. in Digital Media was a concentration in Visual Effects. You can see more of Sullivan’s student work as well as professional work in his portolio here.
ETSU’s Department of Digital Media was a spotlight participant at the 2022 East Coast Game Conference. Students and faculty participated in several ECGC sessions including a panel discussion regarding their partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This partnership created multiple training scenarios from crash cart simulations to cutting-edge VR de-escalation training for the hospital staff. Megan Smith, Stephen Overton, Grayson Wiles, and Todd Emma discussed working with non-gamers as stakeholders and the pipeline for asset creation and deployment. FACUTLY AND STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH Is grad school for you? Professor Todd Emma and Assistant Professor Jacy Richardson Lessons Learned in Continue Reading
Six Different Shows to Watch The Overmountain Animation Festival had its live streaming event August 12th, 13th and 14th. You can watch each of the shows again at overmountainanimation.com/schedule. All in all, the six shows represent a total of more than 60 animation shorts. This collection truly has something for every walk of life, both young and old. Tune in on the Overmountain Animation website to find the stream, get a full list of the films, or learn about our judges and past winners. Since 2005, ETSU’s Department of Digital Media has hosted this annual, curated showcase of animation shorts. Continue Reading
May 20, 2021. East Tennessee State University and the Digital Media Department are excited to announce the approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission of a new Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media.
Meet Digital Media alum Jeb Johnson who was the Director of Photography for the film “One Night In January: Counting the Cost of Homelessness,” which is a feature length documentary film that examines the causes of homelessness and its cultural, social, and financial impact on society. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film is available FREE for viewing online. You can read more about Jeb and learn more about the film at One Night In January. “We met Jeb while we were interviewing ETSU students about their awareness of homelessness. When he found out that we were filming a documentary, Continue Reading
Digital Media Alum Ryan Brown has been featured on the Quaver Ed website to celebrate Black Music Month. Ryan currently is the Supervising Animator at Quaver Ed which has it’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. You can read the full interview about Ryan, his work and his perspective on Black Music Month here on the Overmountain Animation Festival. Since 2005, the Department of ETSU Digital Media host this celebration of animation talent from all over the world. This year, the festival is available in an online streaming event. For more more information on the schedule, see the