Arts & Entertainment

    Redefining the Future With Virtual Reality


    Photo by Bob Toy.

    Academy of Art University’s second Virtual Reality (VR) Summit in 2016 has continued to show off the latest revolutionary developments in immersive media. Despite the rain, the 79 New Montgomery Theater was jam-packed with attendees on Dec. 8, 2016. The summit gathered thought leaders and VR industry pioneers from Zeality, Dysonics, Oculus Story Studio and Jaunt VR.

    “We are bringing all of the top people in the VR world to our school,” said Executive Director of Immersive Technology James Egan. “We want students to learn how VR can be an amazing job opportunity in various industries. This is a new world that is going to change every department.”

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    New ArtU Esports Program Offers On-Campus Game Room & Competitions

    Enthusiastic students are taking advantage of new gaming opportunities thanks to new space and events


    Academy of Art University students taking part in the new ArtU Esports program. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Sometimes, a new program aligns so seamlessly with the curriculum and student interests that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t always there. That appears to be the case for the new ArtU Esports program, a collaboration between the Schools of Game Development and Communications & Media Technologies that debuted this fall to immediate and enthusiastic student response.

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    Creating the Ultimate 49ers Fan Experience

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    A screenshot from the Academy of Art University and Zeality collaboration project with the San Francisco 49ers. Photo courtesy of James Egan.

    To emphasize and celebrate the ever-growing medium of virtual reality (VR), students and faculty from Academy of Art University’s Schools of Communications & Media Technologies (COM) and Motion Pictures & Television (MPTV) teamed up with Zeality to create the ultimate San Francisco 49ers fan experience.

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    UKR Wraps up Fall 2016's Tuesday Tunes

    On Nov. 15, Urban Knights Radio held their final Fall 2016 Tuesday Tunes event, which featured San Francisco/Oakland-based band Proto. The Bay Area band, comprised of members Tim, Nick, Mark and Zach, performed a lively 30-minute set at the UKR station, featuring songs off of their 2016 EP, Sofa Prince, as well as their 2015 self-titled EP.

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    COM Student a Force at Urban Knights Radio

    Terrell Butler steps up at UKR, while finding success at local comedy clubs


    Urban Knights Radio Program Director Terrell Butler. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Terrell Butler isn’t one to sit around and wait for opportunities to come his way. Last spring, for example, the Academy of Art University School of Communications & Media Technologies student took it upon himself to learn the ropes of running Urban Knights Radio by shadowing graduating program director Von Bellows.

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    Hailee Steinfeld Talks 'The Edge of Seventeen'


    Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson in The Edge of Seventeen. Photo by Murray Close. ©2015 STX Productions, LLC. All rights reserved.

    Over the past year, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld has established herself as a legitimate popstar with songs “Love Myself” and her current single, “Starving,” with Grey, featuring Zedd. As “Starving” continues to climb Billboard’s Hot 100, the nearly 20-year-old phenom returns to the big screen starring in the highly anticipated coming-of-age feature film The Edge of Seventeen.

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