Words by Ian Gustav Ahlberg a BA(Hons) Public Relations graduate.
During the summer, college and sixth form students were invited to LCC to try out a range of creative subjects and experience life here at the College as part of UAL Insights Summer Schools.
We round up what students on the Animation, Games Design and Sound Arts summer schools got up to over the course of the week.
For people who have had no prior experience with higher education, starting university seems like a daunting task. UAL Insights programmes are run by the Outreach team and offer students over the age of 16 the opportunity to find out what it’s like to study creative subjects at UAL’s various colleges.
The LCC summer schools aimed to help young creatives get acquainted with what’s expected of them should they decide to go to university in the future, and give them a chance to focus on a particular discipline to improve their confidence, skills and approach to design, art and communications.
Here’s a snapshot of what students on the Animation, Games Design and Sound Arts summer schools got up to during their time at LCC:
The students in the Animation class got to work modelling a 3D character using Autodesk Maya where they had to model and build every inch of the animated character. They used the powerful software to render realistic lighting scenes that simulate the real world and rendered the animations for their classmates to see.
Students set about creating a realistic 3D model of a New York rooftop, creating an interactive and lively environment. They then created a character to navigate this environment and set about creating a first person perspective inside the game engine. To finish off, they used their skills to create a realistic physics engine that simulated interaction and physics, allowing the character to explore their surrounding. All this was done in the Unity engine, an industry-leading piece of software used daily by game developers.
Pupils worked to understand the soundscape around all of us and explore places through sound. They used Phonography, an industry leading sound arts program to record and compose pieces of sound that they gathered from field trips and practical exercises.