Tuesday, 17 September 2019

UCLan Games Design Graduate Peter Dimitrov attends BAFTA GURU LIVE


GURU LIVE

BAFTA's annual festival of talks, workshops and masterclasses


We are delighted that our recent Graduate, Peter Dimitrov 
was selected for the BAFTA GURU LIVE event in London, 
13th and 14th Sept 2019.

BAFTA's nationwide festival offering inspiration and advice straight from the experts!

















Peter's work is available to see on the ArtStation Competition
Peter has detailed blogs about the making of his projects -
bit.ly/pdJapan and https://www.artstation.com/peterdimitrov/blog

Peter was also commended in @TheRookiesCO competition and his 3D environment work was included in Epic Games Unreal Engine Student Showcase Reel 2019, featured on YouTube.
Peter got to meet a lot of people in video games and film and movies at the BAFTA GURU live event in London.

Peter said:

"It all started with a complementary breakfast at 9. There were about 60 people like myself who had been selected to attend. Everyone was talkative and approachable, and an event like this is really cool for networking and making new connections.
An hour after the breakfast, it all kicked off, with a "round table" with a professional. Mine was with Will Byles, I got to meet and ask questions, and he even gave us his email, so I can drop him a message if I have questions for him. 
After that was one-to-one sessions of 15 minutes where we had opportunity to speak to more people. I actually got to speak to an Environment Artist I met over at the Feudal Japan Challenge at ArtStation. He had even had downloaded my CV and made some comments and feedback on it. Extremely useful! His name is John Griffiths. I also spoke to Amanda Allen who is current writer and designer at 'No Man Sky.' Masterclasses and talks were also super useful."























UCLan Games Design experience of WIG Conference 2019

Two of our lovely Games Design students, Catarina Martins and Stacey Satchell were at the Women in Games Conference 2019 last week.
Here's what they had to say about the experience :)




Catarina:

"Can't put into words how inspiring and amazing those couple of days were in London at the European Women in Games Conference. The gaming industry is filled with strong and talented people and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some of them. Also managed to make really good contacts with very helpful and super nice people which I hope to see again soon!
Now is time to take all the knowledge and inspiration I received and start applying for jobs. Let the new adventure begin!"






Stacey:

"Women in Games was such a wonderful event full of uplifting and talented people from a large variety of backgrounds and roles. From Keynotes that inspired me as a women in the community to panels that taught me so much about the industry as a professional. I left with amazing advice, a positive attitude and plenty of new friends. 
Looking forward to it again next year!"
















And here's some of the photos they took at the event.
Thanks for sharing, Girls!




























Day 2 of Welcome week for our Games Design Freshers

It's great to finally meet our new class of freshers for 2019-20 this week. They haven't wasted any time getting to know each other and having fun.
This morning was a spontaneous session of marble madness!
Students built wooden block constructions and challenged each other to get their marble through the pathways they created.
Gaming morning to follow tomorrow :)


























Thursday, 13 June 2019

UCLan Games Student enters Rookies Competition 2019

Peter Dimitrov has entered two 3D environments into the @TheRookiesCO competition. One depicts feudal Japan, the other one is a cyberpunk theme. Check out the work and give it a high five!

















You can see more of Peter's work here:
















We are also proud to announce that Peter has had his 3D environment work included in Epic Games Unreal Engine Student Showcase Reel 2019! Congratulations Peter.

Not only that but Peter is also our winner of the LancsArtFestival 2019 Degree Show Award for Games Design!































Thursday, 6 June 2019

UCLan Alumni selected as part of BAFTA Games Crew.

Super excited to announce that two of our Alumni, Steph McStea @TeaAndMonsters of Team 17
and Scott Swarbrick @Scott_Swarbrick of MilkyTea have been selected as part of the BAFTA Games Crew for 2019! 



















Big Congratulations Scott and Steph!






UCLan Games Design Alumni, Saija Sipila interviewed on Linkedin.

Checkout this interview on Linkedin with our Alumni, Saija Sipilä.
We're very proud of her and her achievements in the games design industry!



























Saija Sipila is a Senior Artist at Rebellion Games in Oxford, having worked on Sniper Elite 4, Sniper Elite 3, Hunt the Grey Wolf (DLC), Save Churchill Part 3: Confrontation (DLC) and Zombie Army Trilogy.

Saija is a 3D Environment artist.
See examples of her beautiful work at:

http://www.saijamaririna.com/




















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Friday, 31 May 2019

UCLan Games Design Degree Show 2019

So proud of all our third year Games Design students today on the final submission of their work for BA(Hons) Games Design. There'll be some lovely work and playable games to be enjoyed at the Games Design Degree Show Opening on Thursday 13th June at 6 pm.

Our final year students are now preparing the Games Design Studio for the Degree Show 2019.
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/degree-shows.php

We'd love to see everyone there.
There's a variety of awesome games art and loads of playable games! Just a few examples shown below in the pics. Calling out to our ALUMNI...come and join us celebrating the private view on Thursday 13th June from 6 pm!

























Friday, 3 May 2019

Alumni Sian Knight begins job with Fat Kraken Studios.

Congratulations to our Alumni, Siân Knight for landing a job as an environment artist with Fat Kraken Studios!

Sian said,
'I am absolutely pleased Alumni Sian Knight begins job with Fat Kraken Studios and honoured to announce that I will be working as an Environment Artist at Fat Kraken Studios, who are working alongside Oddworld Inhabitants to create their latest upcoming title - Oddworld: SoulStorm!! 😱
I would like to thank all of the people who have given me opportunities along the way ever since the start of this year - I've almost given up several times... but you've gotta' be vigilant! Never give up!'

That's great advice.

Go Girl!



























Thursday, 11 April 2019

Student Hero Nomination for James Moorby

Great News 😊

Uclan Games Design final year student, James Moorby, is short- listed for Grads in Games 'Student Hero Award.'
See more in the following link:






















CONGRATULATIONS to James!
Checkout Celestial A game by final year student James Moorby.

















































James has also created a game called Roller Blades for his final year portfolio.
A split-screen roller skating game.
Check it out here:
















Tuesday, 5 March 2019

White Paper Games launch 'The Occupation.

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY to our Alumni and all at White Paper Games! 

“The Occupation is a first-person, fixed-time, investigative thriller set in North West England on 24th October 1987. You play as a journalist in a detailed, systems-driven world where people react to your actions and time is your biggest enemy.”

For more info:


























Huge CONGRATULATIONS.




Friday, 1 March 2019

Visit by Head of Games Design at TT-Games - Arthur Parsons

We are very lucky to welcome Arthur Parsons to our Games Design studio at UCLan this week.
Arthur is Head of Games Design at TT_Games and as such, it's so amazing that he takes time to visit our course and speak directly and openly with our students.
Arthur gave a great presentation about the criteria involved in designing and making a Lego game and offering a broad insight into the workings of the industry in terms of producing and marketing a game.
It's great to have the chance to speak with experienced industry experts such as Arthur.
His warmth and enthusiasm always motivate our students so much and encourage them to work hard and develop their passion for games design.