University of Texas Receives $2 Million Grant For 3D Production Program

The program will include mentoring from industry professionals.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin has received a $2.17 million grant from the Moody Foundation to create a 3D production curriculum.

Don Howard, associate professor and production area head in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, will serve as director of the “UT3D” program, which will offer classes to undergraduates beginning in the fall.

Radio-Television-Film graduate Wayne Miller, executive producer at Los Angeles-based film, television and new media studio SD Entertainment, will co-chair the program’s advisory council. Tim McClure, GSD&M Advertising co-founder and College of Communication advisory council member, also helped to launch UT3D and will work to connect the college with industry partners.

"3D content and technology are headed for a revolution across all platforms,” Miller said. “It’s imperative to share this new tool kit with future filmmakers so they have the training and experience for the jobs of the future."

In addition to participation from the faculty, UT3D plans to draw upon industry professionals, including those from SD Entertainment, to mentor students.

The Moody Foundation is a charitable organization that makes grants primarily in Austin and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development.