Games designers get a reality check

Budding games designers entered a virtual reality thanks to an industry expert’s visit to Middlesbrough College.

Students at Middlesbrough College created a 3D model of their design studio – and got the chance to see how their model could be evolved, thanks to an inspirational meeting with a local company.

The project formed part of FutureMe, a programme of activity designed to help students understand the educational pathways available to them.

Delivered by the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP), students take part in a range of activities that give them a taste of what higher education could be like.

It’s hoped the students’ model will be used to train other learners at the College, including trainee electricians who can use it as a learning tool.

Dan Riley, managing director at Teesside-based Spearhead Interactive visited the students with senior 3D artist, Ken Turner, to take a look at the project and offer advice on how it could be turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience.

Dan said: “We have been thrilled to support the passionate students at Middlesbrough College and have enjoyed providing feedback on their model, demonstrating new modelling techniques and offering insight into the applications of 3D visualisation across a number of industries outside of gaming.

“Immersive and interactive technologies are having a significant impact on a wide array of sectors and industries around the world.

“We expect commercial demand for skilled 3D artists to increase greatly as the technology matures – and these students are well placed to take advantage of this.”

Mark Lord, programme leader for HE Games Design at Middlesbrough College, added: “This project has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to understand some of the careers available to them working with new and emerging technologies such as VR.”

Middlesbrough College offers a range of games design courses aimed at students at all levels – from entry level to Access to Higher Education (HE) options.

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