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School of Art and Design wins national Digital-Tutors award

April 25, 2013

Students in two programs at University of Wisconsin-Stout will have access to cutting-edge software and training thanks to a recent industry award.

Digital-Tutors awarded UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design five annual floating licenses, worth an estimated $2,000, the top prize in a national collegiate contest.

The licenses will aid students in entertainment design and in game design and development by providing access to the latest creative techniques to complement their coursework.

Dave BeckDigital-Tutors has more than 50 software programs and more than 22,000 video-based tutorials for making movies, games and digital art.

The award will give UW-Stout a group portal, providing shared access for students, reports for instructors and other amenities.

“I was extremely excited to announce it to all of my classes, and in each case there was a cheer that erupted from the students,” said Dave Beck, assistant professor and art coordinator for the game design and development program. “These are students who are hungry to learn as much as they can, whenever they can.”

Digital-Tutors is a division of PL Studios from Oklahoma City, Okla.

“We heard great stories and ideas of how Digital-Tutors training could help but none louder than from the students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout,” Digital-Tutors said in a news release announcing the award.

Kevin Pontuti, entertainment design program director, works with a student in an art and design lab.Beck said Digital-Tutors will allow students to choose specializations within their majors and work collaboratively on creative projects. Because the programs and tutorials are online, students can access them at any time or place, including during the summer months.

The School of Art and Design worked closely on the Digital-Tutors application with the University Library and Instructional Resources Service. The new online learning opportunity will complement UW-Stout’s expanding e-textbook program.

“This award will allow us to rapidly advance the process and concentrate on sustaining and improving support to these students instead of developing something from scratch,” said Bob Butterfield, IRS director. “This effort fits right in with what we are trying to do, provide rich classroom resources that allow our students and faculty to think outside of the ‘book.’ ”

With close to 1,000 students, UW-Stout has one of the largest art and design schools in the Midwest. For more information, click here.

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