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Proposal Title Autodesk Software for CG Artists Society   Contact Name Aaron Andrews
Proposal Author Aaron Andrews   Contact Email
Area Innovative Technology & Education   Contact Phone (907) 750-2617
Amount Reqested 3025   Group/Department CG Artists Society
Year Fall 2012   College UAF
Proposal Summary
The goal of our organization is to provide an environment where all students of the UAF campus can learn and collaborate together as computer graphic artists. To do this we need a space where these students will have access to the software and technology that is in use by industry leaders today. As such we would like your assistance in upgrading the software in the ARSC 009 room from a single program (Maya) to Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite . Students will gain experience designing, creating, and animating anything that they can conceive. This software package has the tools that will give students experience creating and using 3D models, effects, and designs as used by numerous fields today. This software is a widely accepted industry standard used for everything from architectural renderings to next generation game design and by funding this upgrade you will be creating the digital engineers and game developers of tomorrow. 

Budget detail: Requested from TAB Provided by Unit Total Cost
Personnel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Contractual Services (Installation/Training) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Supplies $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
(Hardware & software)
$3025.00 $0.00 $3025
Shipping Costs $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED $3025.00 $0.00 $3025

Justification for any personnel or supplies requested:
Describe who will benefit in terms of numbers of students and classes:
Art/Journalism 472:(9 students)
Non-Art/Journalism 472 students that have shown an interest in our organization: (5 students)

The students attending the Art/Journalism 472 class will most directly benefit as they are already engaged in 3d modeling with an interest in CG. Meanwhile, our organization, the CG Artists Society, is a new group on campus that is beginning to grow and is open to any students of the UAF who have an interest in CG art and design.
How does your proposal fit into UAF strategic goals and objectives?:
This software will give students hands-on experience with real world tools that will give them skills that can apply to many different fields, such as additive manufacturing, digital effects, architectural visualization, game design, and more.
Outline the implementation schedule and staff responsible for the implementation and oversight:
We are working closely with the staff at the ARSC, and will assist them with installing this software and getting it set up. The ARSC staff will be the group who will perform the maintenance. Once this grant has been approved, we will set up the Macs in the lab with bootcamp, so they can run the Windows software. Once we have the software it will be relatively quick to install and get going. This process will take one to two weeks after purchasing the software.
Please specify the building (with room numbers, if appropriate) where the technology will be stored, installed or used:
ARSC 009
Entertainment Creation Suite

Autodesk Maya:
Production-proven tools for modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering, usually used in movies.

Autodesk 3ds Max:
Production-proven package for 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering, usually used in games.

Autodesk MotionBuilder:
New, nonlinear editing paradigm for virtual production with real-time 3D character animation software.

Autodesk Mudbox
Highly detailed organic modeling using intuitive sculpting, texturing, and painting toolsets. This is Autodesk's version of ZBrush.

Autodesk SketchBook Designer:
High quality illustrations.

Autodesk Softimage:
Sophisticated effects with ICE(Interactive Creation Environment)and the Autodesk Face Robot facial animation toolset.

Items Description
# of Units Unit Price Total Price
10 Seats of Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013 Education Upgrade 1 3025.00 3025.00
Total     $3025

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