College of Arts and Communication


Cameron Mumbower

Cameron is working towards a B.S. in Media Arts and Game Development with a minor in Web Development. Cameron discovered his passion for coding in his sophomore year of high school which led to him coming to UW-Whitewater for MAGD.


What led you to choosing your field of study?
"A lot of factors went into choosing my major/minor but the biggest influences were definitely my discovery of passion for coding. This happened in my sophomore year of high school when I took a basic HTML class. This class allowed me to see how fun it was to create my own website from the gorund up and I've been able to further those skills in my course work."


Why did you come to UW-Whitewater?
"One of the main reasons I came to UW-Whitewater was because of the MAGD program. One thing that I would like to highlight about UW-Whitewater is that the campus itself is the perfect balance between big and small. What I mean by that is the campus is big enough, so that all the buildings don't feel on top of each other and it is small enough, so that you can walk from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes."

Are you part of any student organizations on campus?
"I am heavily involved in the 2D Animation Club here at Whitewater, where students are able to learn how to create 2D animations. I decided to join because Professor Howen (the sponsor of this club) incorporated a project of mine from the Research Apprenticeship Program. I provided voice acting that served as a basis for students to create animations with. This project is still underway, but the experience so far has been great!"

Share a class project with us?
"The project I’d like to share is from my MAGD 272 Game Development class. My partner, Eric Czapla, and I created a game titled “Swamp Scurry” for the final project."

What’s your favorite part about being in MAGD at UW-Whitewater?
"I love that all of my peers are equally as passionate about video games as I am, so it is incredibly easy to talk to and get to know people in my major. Also, a lot of the professors in the MAGD department are incredibly personable and throughout my college experience so far, I have gotten to know plenty of professors that share the same passion for video game development, art, coding, etc. as I do. During my sophomore year I took part in the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP), where I was a student researcher for two faculty-led projects. One research project was run by Professor Howen, where I was able to experiment and pursue my interest in voice acting, and the other research project was run by Professor Jeff Herriott, where I was able to challenge myself with coding and gain a greater understanding for how P5.JS (a form of JavaScript) works. Both were a great experience."

What do you hope to do after graduation?
"After graduation, I hope to land a job in either video game development or website development, where I am able to apply my skills that I acquired here at UW-Whitewater and ultimately have a successful career."


Favorite class to date?
"My favorite class to date has been MAGD 220 (Drawing for Digital Media) taught by Dr. Michael Howen. I greatly enjoyed learning more about drawing techniques and specifically about drawing on a "Wacom tablet." I've never had an experience drawing on a tablet that is instantly transferred to the computer, so learning those techniques was incredibly interesting. I also was able to learn more about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop within this class, which was very helpful in the long run, since I utilized those skills in my later courses. Last, I want to credit Professor Howen because he made the class incredibly interesting, gave very helpful and critical feedback, and was very approachable if I ever needed help on a given topic."

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