News Stories

Two ‘Brave’ former vizzers earn Annie award nominations

posted December 5, 2012
For their work on Disney/Pixar’s summer smash hit movie “Brave,” two former Texas A&M visualization students are nominated for an Annie award, the highest honor bestowed by the International Animated Film Society.

Viz vertical studio enhances learning

posted November 29, 2012
The teaching this fall of an experimental undergraduate visualization studio was significantly enhanced by the “vertical studio” concept: in addition to learning from peers and interaction with their instructor, the students gained valuable knowledge through mentor/protégé relationships resulting from a unique mix of novice and veteran students.

First Visualization MFA degrees earned

posted November 29, 2012
Art as therapy for chronic pain and “the disembodying effects of the digital age” were themes of final projects by Natalie Pittman and Jose “Weecho” Velasquez, who will walk the Reed Arena stage Dec. 15, 2012 as the first two graduates of Texas A&M’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Projections enliven Bryan facades Nov. 2

posted October 26, 2012
The facades of buildings in a forgotten urban area on the north end of Main Street in downtown Bryan were enlivened on Nov. 2 with digital projections created by students in a Texas A&M senior graphic design studio.

Sully statue adorned with penny project

posted September 26, 2012
If placing a penny on the Sul Ross statue at Texas A&M brings good luck on tests, three visualization students whose experimental typography project at the statue that included 13,496 pennies should do just fine on their remaining test days.

Pittsburg Gazette highlights VizKids camper's exploits

posted September 12, 2012
A 7th grader’s excitement at Texas A&M’s VizKids camp this summer was chronicled by his hometown newspaper in Pittsburg, Texas.

Summer Animation Course with DreamWorks

posted August 23, 2012
Every year, for the past twelve years, the Department of Visualization has collaborated with a leading animation studio to give the students a condensed “real-world” production experience. This year, students taking the Summer Industry Course (VIZA 627) worked with artists and CG professionals from DreamWorks Animation to produce four animated shorts.

24 Aggies help create boxoffice hit 'Brave'

posted August 3, 2012
From painting the lush Scottish landscape, lighting and shading scenes, and putting the curl in princess Merida's shock of bright red hair, 24 former Texas A&M visualization students working at Pixar Animation Studios made major contributions to the summer blockbuster, “Brave.”

Prof leads NSF effort aimed to bridge gap between art, science

posted August 2, 2012
Artists and scientists looking to bridge the gap between their disciplines in a NSF-funded effort headed by visualization professor Carol LaFayette, touted the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration in position paper.

Viz@SIGGRAPH-2012

posted July 31, 2012
The Department of Visualization is prepared to represent Texas A&M at SIGGRAPH 2012. This year's annual international conference on computer graphics returns to Los Angeles, home to most of the leading CG production studios. While in LA, students, faculty and staff will meet with industry professionals, fellow educators and former students.

College names 2012 Outstanding Alumni

posted July 24, 2012
Pioneering designers, an entrepreneur, educator, an advocate for the landscape architecture profession and a leader in the animation industry were named 2012 outstanding alumni by Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.

Viz Kids Camp 2012

posted July 24, 2012
This summer the Department of Visualization co-hosted two summer camps. The first was part of Camp-Arch, a program for prospective students currently in high school. The second camp contained students from TAMU’s Youth Adventure Program.

SMI 2012

posted May 30, 2012
During the fourth week of May, the College of Architecture, the Department of Visualization and the Computer Science Department hosted the 2012 Shape Modeling International Conference (SMI).

Viz-a-GoGo 19

posted May 9, 2012
The 19th annual Viz-a-GoGo was held May 3-5. This student-run event showcased the work of students in the Master of Science in Visualization program.

Spring 2011 VIST Show

posted May 8, 2012
On May 2nd, work from undergraduate VIST courses was showcased in the lobby of Geren Auditorium and various locations in the Langford complex.