Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Game 3 from DI Grad

2008 DATA 3DI grad Bryan O'Neil is at it again with another mobile game app, Quantum! This new app is powered by the Unity game engine and is available on iTunes, Google Play, the Amazon App Store, and online via Kongragate. It offers players the chance to "bounce subatomic particles through 100 kaleidoscopic levels of agonizing, brain melting fun" while experiencing beautiful visuals and an original soundtrack.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DI Designs in the Open Air

DATA DI student t-shirt designs can now be found at the Palm Springs Open Air Market every Saturday through May 2014!

The project, launched in partnership with The Right Stuff in downtown Palm Springs, currently features 14 different t-shirt graphics, with all proceeds benefiting students competing in DATA-SkillsUSA.

Can't make it out to Palm Springs on a Saturday? No worries, swing buy the DI studio at CCHS to see whats in stock!

Saturdays, 9am - 2pm through May 2014 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Return to UC Irvine

On November 13th, the Digital Arts Technology Academy returned to the University of California, Irvine for an excellent visit of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the Department of Computer Science. Students were treated to an outdoor admissions presentation, toured the school with Campus Reps, and reconnected with DATA alumni Linda Ha and Josh Bell.

While visiting the Trevor School of the Arts, they
While visiting the Department of Computer Science, they
  • learned about the annual Med App Jam while in the department's Smart classroom
  • connections and internships with local companies such as Blizzard Entertainment
  • heard from students and staff about 
  • the importance of taking math for four years and not lightening your load senior year!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Shooting for 2014 National Gold

In 2010, the Digital Arts Technology Academy's SkillsUSA chapter began with 24 juniors and seniors brave enough to compete in photography and video production contest areas. Four years later, this Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) at Cathedral City high School has grown significantly to 98 members, including four from Nellie Coffman Middle School.

Heading into the 2013-14 season, DATA-SkillsUSA is excited to see

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Shooting Zombies in Palm Springs

On Halloween, DI students shot the 2013 Zombie Walk Palm Springs. They spent time with working around professional and budding makeup artists as locals were transformed during the live Village Fest event.

ZWPS is sponsored by College of the Desert 
and makeup artist Lynda Shaeps 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dia de los Muertos Awarded

Congratulations to DATA sophomore, Norma Vazquez, for her photograph being awarded 2nd Place at the 1st Annual Dia De los Muertos Art Contest!

The event was held at the Desert Memorial Cemetery and included food, mariachi music, folklorico dancers, a community alter, and crafts for kids of all ages.

Read more and see event photos on!

Sponsored by The Well in the Desert, Palm Springs Cemetery District, and Palm Springs Unified School District

Friday, November 1, 2013

Melissa Varner: Finding a passion for photography

As the DATA program enters it's second decade, we are fortunate to have alumni return to share their experiences in photography, graphics. illustration, and video game design with current students. On October 28th, 2003 grad Melissa Varner stopped by the DI classroom to talk about her college and career path as an artist and professional photographer.

Melissa received her BA in Art w/an emphasis in photography in 2007 from the University of California, Riverside. She currently lives on the east coast and travels to parts of the U.S. shooting weddings, engagements, and life style images for various clients.

Here are some valuable tips she gave students interested in turning their passion into a career
  • Create a niche for what you want to shoot
  • Learn to pose and direct people / Make them feel comfortable in front of the camera
  • Take the time to truly consider wardrobes and locations of shoots
  • Take advantage of social media to network and get your work out there
  • Know your camera
  • Prepare a professional web portfolio and always have business cards on hand
Make sure to check out her work @