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Beck Named Director of Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Program

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Assistant Professor Dave Beck has been appointed as Clarkson University's first ever director of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Hired in 2007, he has been an integral force in the design of the new Digital Arts & Sciences program over the past two years, helping it to become a fast-growing and popular major. Beck has overseen the redesign and addition of 17 new courses to the major, as well as helping to update the Center for Excellence in Communication Media Lab into a state-of-the-art facility that rivals the digital facilities of other institutions across the state. beck

While Beck is a multimedia artist teaching digital art, he has also taught sculpture and art history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His areas of specialization include sculpture, 3D digital design and animation.

Beck was a distinguished visiting artist at University of Wisconsin-Marathon; his artwork was chosen to represent University of Wisconsin-Madison at the National Big-Ten Conference Center; and he will be a distinguished fellow at Nebraska's Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in the summer of 2009.

Beck's artwork is featured in the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames, Scientific American Online, and Cambridge University's BlueSci Magazine. In 2009 and 2010, he has solo exhibitions schedule at Wisconsin's Overture Center for the Performing Arts and at the State University of New York's Gibson Gallery, respectively.

The Digital Arts & Sciences Program is an undergraduate major at Clarkson that combines traditional and digital techniques in art-making and design while simultaneously creating a unique balance with math and computer science courses.

Students who major in DA&S take classes such as 2D Digital Design, Drawing, Video, 3D Modeling and Animation, Game Design, Product Design, Website Design, Portfolio Development, and an assortment of independent and directed studies that focus on the collaborative process of team-based creative production.

Recent activities in this program include the "Adirondack Structures for the 21st Century" Student Exhibition in Saranac Lake, N.Y., trips to game design firms in Ottawa and Montreal, and a video game designed last year by two seniors being accepted into the internationally known and prestigious Independent Games Festival.

The program will host the second annual Senior Digital Arts & Sciences Exhibition on May 9, where the graduating class will present their thesis projects to the public, which include 3D animations, documentary videos, and virtual product designs.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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