A sample from the 2017 Private View night at UCA Farnham:
“Following our recent success in the Complete University Guide, becoming the highest ranked specialist university for the creative industries, I am delighted to tell you that we have leapt 18 places to 21st in the Guardian University Guide league table, published this morning. We are now in the top 20% of all UK universities, the highest ranked creative specialist in the table, and the second placed modern university.”
Alan Cooke, acting Vice-Chancellor
Looking to animate?
Work smart and avoid lost hours creating custom character rigs from scratch.
Speed up your workflow to test/ placeholder/ completed animations to in engine game prototype.
Here are 3 widely used and extremely useful auto-riggers, which export FBX to Unity =]
- We have this installed at Uni, needs to be selected in the plugins list in Maya to appear in the UI
- Used by top Games and Film studios
- More videos on vimeo
Mixamo by Adobe
- Free with an Adobe ID
- * Phil likes using this
- we don’t have this but it’s well worth investigating (Free to download)
- BA Animation are trying this one out with Maya
- More videos on vimeo
(Download PDF here) Berlin Study Trip Presentation 2016 (Feb 2017)
Cost: £330 (Flights/ Accommodation inc Breakfast/ ABC Zone 6Day Travel Card)
- Week 1 of February will be the CGA reading week
- The Berlin transport infrastructure is fantastic and easy to use i.e. Underground/ Trains/ Trams/ Buses covered by the travel card
- English is widely spoken by Berliners
- Back in the UK it’s a Reading Week, no lessons
- The Germans have a secret weapon: Curry Wurst (its cheap/ its amazing)
As artist and designers, part of your ongoing professional practice is to develop your online identity. This will be a key tool for presenting your digital portfolio work (Website) to prospective employers.
There are many routes to achieving this, some situated in existing discipline specific platforms (hubs) and others allowing bespoke website construction and curation. Remember, only include your best work, be selective and get peer feedback.
Here is an example of an undergraduate I know who created her own portfolio website (including a software tutorial page) and is now working at Sony London as an Environment Artist, Karen Stanley:
Also, visiting lecturer freelance Game Artist Matthew Beakes website is an interesting example and is worth viewing for additional presentation ideas. Format and range of content.
A sample of serious industry focused online Portfolio Platforms:
Some online website building tools to create your own unique site:
Also, if you are building your own website (for an online portfolio or a game site), you will want to buy your own web Domain name (URL web address i.e. buy a .com). Many online vendors are out there, check a range to compare prices and deals (check cost beyond year 1).
GoDaddy (also has a web page builder)
It’s time to believe in your talent and get involved with The Rookies, CG student awards.
The submission period opened last week and closes 14th May 2016. Categories include Illustration (aka concept art) and next-gen games. So get you best work together and chance your arm as there are many prizes and internships to be won!
Plus, winning it looks great on your CV =]
YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!
First up, Yazmin Dyer Yr2 CGA.
Building upon the existing great studio culture, we will be providing some very useful books to assist your studies.
These belong to the team but also reflect some of the excellent title in the UCA library. As such we want them to be used but are not to be taken out of the studios =]
Today in Berlin its -3
and its been snowing in the last few days =]
The fact that there will be snow is important to reflect upon, its cold and there will be wind chill. So, make sure you have a good pair of shoes i.e. not canvas/ material tops which will get soaked through in a minute (!) and make sure you bring a hat and gloves (extra socks).
The flight, accommodations and festival Kombi tickets have been purchased.
Our group is now booked to visit the Reichstag Building – German Bundesdag – late morning on Wednesday 3rd Feb. Hoping for great views across the city. This is very near the Brandenburg gate and the Tiergarten where the House of World Culture (Transmediale) is cited.
More visit information posts to follow.
More important travel details to adhere to:
Remember that you are finding your own way to Gatwick airport on the 2nd February.
We are flying at 6pm, so you will need to be at the airport 2 hours before to check in i.e. be there by 4pm at the latest. Each person is also required to sort out their own travel arrangements coming back from the airport on Sunday 7th February. For these journeys, you may wish to car-share. Find out who lives near by and split the costs where possible =] Get organised.
- You are allowed just one piece of hand luggage* and this must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, such as this one under £15 from a reputable high street shop.
- Easyjet: Plus ONE additional small under seat bag (For example a handbag or laptop)
Maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm which will need to be placed under the seat in front.
Remember to follow the above guidelines regarding liquids i.e. deodorant, shower gel bottles, perfume, toothpaste etc.
Also, buy a pocket travel guide with maps. This may be a book or an app but remember depending on the app there might be data usage involved. Some will let you download maps etc.