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Entertainment Technology Center

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Type  Private
Campus  Urban
Director  Drew Davidson
Established  1999
Founded  1999
Entertainment Technology Center
Location  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Headquarters  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Founders  Don Marinelli, Randy Pausch
Awards  Telly Award for Non-Broadcast Productions Film/Video - Student
Similar  Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College, Mellon College of Science, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Madeira Interactive Technolo

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The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) is a department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located at the Pittsburgh Technology Center.


The ETC offers a two-year Masters of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree, jointly conferred by Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. Students enrolled in the ETC learn interdisciplinary skills in design, art and technology, and are prepared for environments where artists and technologists work hand-in-hand, such as theme parks, interactive museum exhibits, website design and development, and the creation of video games.

Don marinelli of the entertainment technology center


The ETC was co-founded by Donald Marinelli, a Professor of Drama, and Randy Pausch, a Professor of Computer Science, in 1999. The ETC has a history of having agreements with certain companies, such as Electronic Arts, Activision, and Rockstar Games, where the companies agree to hire a set number of ETC graduates each year.


The ETC's curriculum is split into 4 semesters, with a required industry internship in between the second and third semesters. The first semester includes required classes, such as Building Virtual Worlds, Fundamentals of Entertainment Technology, Improvisational Acting, and a Visual Storytelling class. The next three semesters all consist of a semester-long project course, and one elective class, which can be any other class taught at Carnegie Mellon University. The project course consists of 5 team-based projects, each of which is completed with a scrambled team of students, and in a two-week period.


  • Don Marinelli
  • Drew Davidson
  • Brenda Bakker Harger
  • Mike Christel
  • Ruth Comley
  • John Dessler
  • Chris Klug
  • Jiyoung Lee
  • Michelle Macau
  • Carl Rosendahl
  • Shirley Saldamarco
  • Jesse Schell
  • Scott Stevens
  • Jessica Trybus
  • Ralph Vituccio
  • Adjunct Faculty

  • John Buchanan
  • Mk Haley
  • David Gurwin
  • Kerry Handron
  • Jessica Hodgins
  • Eric Paulos
  • Luis Von Ahn
  • William J (Chip) Walter
  • John Wesner
  • Josh Yelon
  • Staff

  • Steve Audia
  • MaryCatherine Dieterle
  • Rebecca Lombardi
  • Bryan Maher
  • Cari Marty
  • Julie McKenzie
  • Janice Metz
  • Vicki Poklemba
  • David Purta
  • Valerie Sofranko
  • Susan Timko
  • Jon Underwood
  • Caitlin Zunic
  • Corporate partners

  • Maiy El-Wakil
  • Craig Lipchin
  • Shawn Walters
  • Visiting scholars

  • Anthony Daniels
  • Nick Fortugno
  • Michael Keaton
  • Oscar Garcia Panella
  • Mickey McManus
  • Katie Salen
  • In memoriam

  • Anne Humphreys
  • Randy Pausch
  • References

    Entertainment Technology Center Wikipedia

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