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  • Locations: Austin, Texas, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UW-Stout applicants only
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 03/31/2018 05/16/2018 05/23/2018
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Faculty Led: Yes
Program Description:


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For students pursuing careers in game or entertainment design, this week-long field experience will introduce you to a number of studios and practitioners in Austin, TX, an industry center for tech, games and film.
Possible studio visits include Activision, Zynga, Armature, Electronic Arts, Steve Jackson Games and Austin Studios’ film backlot. Group meals with local industry professionals will provide additional industry insight and focused networking opportunities. A concurrent project will enhance understanding of local history and cultural diversity, encompassing vernacular traditions including food, music, architecture and folklore. San Antonio and the Hill Country region will also be explored.
Bookending travel, there will be a one-credit intensive (DES-390) in which students will polish their own promotional materials and gain a deeper knowledge of business skills. For students repeating DES-390, independent alternative projects are an option. May 14 and 15 require on-campus attendance for DES-390; the remainder of the course will be completed online, post-travel.
Location: Austin, Texas


Please note that a maximum of 14 participants will have the opportunity to enroll in this program. Priority will be given to completed applications in order received.


Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Minimum junior status at the time of participation
Good academic & behavioral standing
Prerequisites for both courses: GDD-101, DES-176, DES-220, DES-375/378/379; rising junior or junior/senior status; or Instructor Permission

Preference will be given to students who meet the following:
GDD-Art BFA and ENT BFA will be given priority as per their program requirements.
However, GDD-CS students are encouraged to apply.
Proximity to graduation will also be considered.

Course Information
DES-390/590: Portfolio and Professional Practices Seminar (1 credit) and
DES 497/697: Design Field Experience (1 credit)
Speak with your academic advisor to ask how this course will fit into your program plan. 
This course will be taught by
Kimberly Long Loken


Accommodation: Students will stay in hotels. 

Meals: Some group meals will be provided to participants during the program, students will be responsible for purchasing all additional meals throughout the program. Please notify the faculty leader of any dietary needs or restrictions. 

Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all participants and the faculty leader. These costs are already included in the program fee. If you require any deviations from the group travel plan, the faculty leader and the Office of International Education must be notified prior to the application deadline in order to accommodate you. Participants will be responsible for any additional costs associated with a deviation from the group. 



The Cost Estimates at the top of this program website are used to determine the costs for the term you would like to go abroad. For information on financing your education abroad program visit the Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships link on our website.