Entertainment Technology Center

The ETC is the premiere professional graduate program for interactive entertainment as it’s applied across a variety of fields.

The ETC balances educational goals, professional development, and engaging experiences; or Learn, Work, and Play. Learn
Students at the ETC are taught in a cross-cultural, inquiry-based, inventive, team-oriented environment rooted in communication & cooperation through applied research projects. Work
“A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically tw

Operating as usual

01/22/2024

It's just week two of the spring semester, and ETC students and their project advisors are still getting things ready. So, we are going to continue taking a look at the Fall Festival: BVW Worlds. Bubble Fantasy was an enchanting game where players manipulate captivating bubbles and adorable ducks in a whimsical world. The experience was for One player using the Quest 2.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/19/2024

We were excited to see so many ETC Alumni during our networking receptions in both Los Angeles and San Francisco as part of the west coast trip last week. We have missed seeing you in person the past few years. Thank you for making the time to connect with our current students. As always, your experience and advice are invaluable resources for them!

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/18/2024

Congratulations to ETC Teaching Professor Ralph Vituccio. He has two films that will be showcased in International Film Festivals. "Haenyeo", a documentary created with ETC alumnus Jaejee Cho, about the amazing women free divers on a tiny island of Marado, South Korea, will be screened at the Venice Grand Cine Film Celebration, Italy. Ralph's latest film "Sisyphus Beach", an experimental piece about Indian workers who literally break apart by hand ocean going super tankers in Alang, India will be screened at the Paris Ethnographic Film Festival.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/17/2024

Classes started yesterday, but today we had the project class review. We are looking forward to a great semester!

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/14/2024

Friday was our final day of the 2024 West Coast Trip. We had the opportunity to visit Electronic Arts, Free Range Games and Meta! Thank you to all of our hosts! That's a wrap for 2024. We look forward to seeing you all in 2025!

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/14/2024

After a bus trip from LA to San Francisco, we had the opportunity to visit Sony Interactive Entertainment, Visual Concepts, IDEO and Dolby on day four of the 2024 West Coast Trip. The sun was shining and the visits were amazing. Many thanks to all of our hosts!

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/10/2024

We had an amazing Day 2 of the 2024 West Coast Trip! Today we were welcomed by our friends at Fun-gi Mobile Games, Santa Monica Studio, ETC inc. Electrosonic, and Riot Games. Once again, many thanks to our hosts!

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 01/09/2024

We are back!!! After a three year pandemic hiatus, it is so exciting to be back in California for the West Coast Trip 2024! Today we had the opportunity to visit PETROL Advertising, THG Creative and FUSE FX/ Pitch Black. Sending out a BIG THANK YOU to all of our hosts! We appreciate your taking the time to share industry insights with our students!

01/05/2024

Another look at the ETC Fall Festival held in December, from the BVW course, Time Will Tell, a cooperative game with 4 players using te Quest 2. You’re on a quest to look for a hidden treasure that has eluded your family for years. Three brothers before you came close to finding it, but they failed to work together. Put together their clues to unlock the secret heirloom!

01/04/2024

From the ETC Fall Festival, “Elf Run” is a single-player Quest 2 experience. Just before Christmas Eve, the elves have decided to embark on a rebellion, stealing gifts because they feel they’ve never received any. The guest takes on the role of Santa, with the mission to catch the naughty elves and retrieve the stolen gifts to ensure a joyful Christmas once again. This kid-friendly game incorporates elements of running, catching, and hide-and-seek, creating a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for both the ETC Fall Festival and the Christmas season.

12/22/2023

Our offices will be closed until January 3, 2024. We hope that everyone is able to relax and recharge. We will see you in the new year!

12/20/2023

We finished up the semester last week! While our students are on break, let's take a look at the ETC Fall Festival BVW Worlds. First up: Bee Careful — used the Eye Tracker as a controller and needed 4 Players.
Three players act as bees, utilizing eye trackers to assail the beekeeper, while one player assumes the role of a beekeeper, using a controller to capture bees.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/13/2023

Day 3 of Final Presentations! We will hear from five teams today: ARchiToys, AIlluminate, INTENT, BGM Sync, Curtain Call Watch the presentations live starting at 9:30 AM EST on our YouTube Channel. Good luck to the teams that present today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_U4BiTabH0

12/12/2023

And day 2 of ETC project presentations is wrapped. Great job to the teams who presented today. Our link in bio has the links for yesterday and today’s presentations. 👍👏🥳

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/12/2023

Day 2 of Final Presentations! Starting at 9:30 am EST, ETC student teams will present to faculty, students, staff and guest their findings of the year. This morning, we will hear from the Xtension, AI Wonderland, Fashion Next and XpressO teams. (Photos from earlier presentations) Link to the presentation stream in our bio.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/11/2023

Good morning! Starting at 9:30 am, we will be having final presentations for the semester. The teams presenting today are: Terratopia, PicoLock, Cheat_Code, and Avalon Blues. Best of luck to all the teams presenting this morning, we can't wait to hear how your semester went. Join us on our YouTube Channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwtKCuDEQb0 (Photos from 1/2 presentations)

12/08/2023

Starting tonight at 6pm, we will be hosting a live stream of the ETC Fall Festival on our YouTube channel. We hope you are able to watch along as students showcase their work. Hope you are able to tune in!
https://m.youtube.com/

12/07/2023

Our last look at this semester's student project teams is Xtension. The pitch project team is building a location-based experience centered around sensory augmentation devices that extend our human biological capabilities to control and manipulate the environment. Link in bio to the project's website.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/06/2023

Avalon Blues is an interactive project designed to capture Mississippi John Hurt's life, challenges, and enduring musical legacy. This educational experience aims to shed light on the authentic narratives, the exploitation of his artistic contributions, and the enduring hardships that generations of African Americans faced in the Avalon, Mississippi, region during his time. The student project will comprise an on-site installation complemented by portable and educational components, offering a comprehensive exploration of this remarkable history. See link in bio for the team's project page.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/05/2023

The Terratopia team is creating a first-person VR game where the player is a bottle-nose dolphin. The game will introduce players to the importance of the mangrove ecosystem. In the experience players navigate some of the current environmental challenges that dolphins face and learn what they can do to help. The team's experience is a prototype for educational outreach and research at the Auditory Lab at CMU.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 12/04/2023

We had a company visit from Rob Blackwood, Lead iOS Engineer . The visit included project team feedback and a seminar for ETC students with the Founder and CEO, Raul Gutierrez, who joined remotely for the presentation—many thanks to and Raul for taking the time to talk with ETC students.

11/30/2023

Thanks for all your generosity on . Your gifts continue to help the ETC educate individuals who explore, experiment, and collaborate to create games, designs, and stories using the latest technologies.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 11/29/2023

Congratulations to Assistant Teaching Professor Moshe Mahler for his animated short, The Art of Weightlessness, which premiered at the Pittsburgh Shorts Festival and won the Best Local Artist award. The short chronicles the evolution of artist and performer Bill Shannon. Born with a degenerative hip condition, Bill developed new ways to express himself through dance and skateboarding on crutches. Pictures are from the Pittsburgh Shorts award ceremony.

11/28/2023

Help Tartan students gain experience points in the areas that matter most. Make a gift on to the fund of your choice to make incredible opportunities inside the classroom, on the field and beyond reality.

11/27/2023

Tomorrow is ! We hope are able to join us and donate to power-up education and opportunities for the next generation of ETC students. Let's make the this year the best day yet! https://tinyurl.com/cmugivingdayetc

11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends. We hope everyone is able to rest and relax and enjoy a few days off before the hustle and bustle of the end of the semester! We are back again on Monday. of one of the ETC student's Thanksgiving get togethers.

11/22/2023

The ARchiToys team is delivering an augmented reality (AR) experience that allows players to adorn and interact within the unique environment.
The team aims to leverage Augmented Reality and 3D printing technologies to create a precise and fluent tracking experience on smartphones, which can easily integrate with other intellectual properties (IPs). In this experience, players will use their phones to interact with miniature characters in various themed blocks and personalize the virtual environment. The demonstration video is from the team's 1/2 presentations.

11/22/2023

Choose your quest! This , your donation can be the power-up that transforms experiences for ETC students. Your gift to the ETC General Fund makes it possible for us to continue to provide an educational environment for interdisciplinary students that empowers them to design experiences that educate, engage, and inspire. Join the quest and be a champion for students by leveling up your support on Nov. 28.
https://tinyurl.com/cmugivingdayetc

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 11/20/2023

In 2011, the City of Pittsburgh declared today, November 20, Randy Pausch Memorial Day. Randy was one of the co-founders of the ETC, an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University, and the Alice computer programming curriculum creator. He bridged the gap between technology and the arts and gained public fame for delivering 'The Last Lecture' on September 18, 2007. Randy's 'learned by doing' approach is still part of our core today. We are forever grateful for Randy Pausch.

Photos from Entertainment Technology Center's post 11/17/2023

This semester, the INTENT team is producing an interactive web-based experience that complements information-based training modules in professional workplaces. This groundbreaking project aims to foster better understanding and empathy among neurotypical individuals towards their autistic counterparts in the workplace. Developed through a collaborative effort between Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, INTENT seeks to promote inclusive work environments by offering empathy training to neurotypical employees.

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It's just week two of the spring semester, and ETC students and their project advisors are still getting things ready. S...
Another look at the ETC Fall Festival held in December, from the BVW course, Time Will Tell, a cooperative game with 4 p...
From the ETC Fall Festival, “Elf Run” is a single-player Quest 2 experience. Just before Christmas Eve, the elves have d...
We finished up the semester last week!  While our students are on break, let's take a look at the ETC Fall Festival BVW ...
Help Tartan students gain experience points in the areas that matter most. Make a gift on #GivingCMUDay to the fund of y...
The ARchiToys team is  delivering an augmented reality (AR) experience that allows players to adorn and interact within ...
When a project from last semster shows up on a digital billboard in Atlanta!  During the spring 2023 semester the Lumina...
Last week, ETC first years participated in a workshop on using a method of playtesting called brownboxing. Using this pl...
As part of the immersion semester, ETC first year students spend two days out of town to experience an adventure.  Since...
The Alpha Detective Agency was a six-person faculty research project during the spring 2023 semester. The team developed...
This past spring semester, the VektoR team created a 5-minute demo for their client EKTO VR to use as a tutorial, mainly...
During the spring term, the Nautilus team created the VR experience, Lost in the Light, for the #g4c2023 Festival happen...

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