UT3D Program

Building on the foundation of the groundbreaking UT3D initiative, today's Emergent & Digital Media Program blends innovations in interactive and immersive storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Learn more about the emergent and digital media curriculum.

UT3D (2013-2018)

UT3D began in 2013 as the nation’s first comprehensive 3D production program, and only the third in the world. Designed to complement RTF students’ other production coursework, the Moody Foundation-funded program included a coordinated curriculum of instruction and practice in stereoscopic production techniques; students produced a wide range of 3D content including sports training, scientific research, documentaries, narrative pieces, and they later explored innovations such as stereoscopic VR. The program’s advanced Immersive Media class offered opportunities to learn virtual reality production and practice new 3D VR techniques in UT3D sponsored projects. Much of the current VR community in Austin encountered VR for the first time as students in the program.

Directed by RTF Associate Professor Don Howard with consultation from RTF alumnus Wayne Miller, the program featured internationally recognized industry experts as its professors and mentors, including Buzz Hays, founding chairman of the International 3D Society and founder of the Sony 3D Technology Center (where Hollywood was trained in 3D), 3D Specialist Simon Quiroz, and stereographers Matt Blute and Shannon Benna. Together their program, which was based on the Sony’s Tech. Center curriculum, became a true center for innovation and student creativity. One example of the results was Deepak Chetty’s MFA thesis film Hard Reset, which won the 2016 Lumiere Award for Best Short Live-Action 3D film from the Advanced Imaging Society (Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that year’s feature film winner). Mr. Chetty now teaches “Interactive Media and Game Development” and “Motion Capture Filmmaking” for the department; Mr. Quiroz teaches “Immersive Filmmaking” and “Post-Production Techniques.”