Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Graduate, Paul Bannon, now working for TTFusion

Paul Bannon is one of our alumni, recently graduating with a first class B.A. honours degree in Games Design at Uclan.

Congratulations to Paul as he has just begun working for TT Fusion.

TT Fusion (formerly Embryonic Studios) is a BAFTA award winning game development studio based in Wilmslow, Cheshire,UK.

Paul is a talented 3d modeller and materials artist.
You can view his work at

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Graduate, Tom Kewell working as level design integrator

Another of our Alumni, who graduated from the B.A. (hons) Games course 2 years ago, is Tom Kewell.
At the moment Tom's working as a level design integrator, so he's had to learn a lot of scripting over the last few months.

He's working at Brightlight studios, which used to be Bullfrog, in Surrey.

Tom Says, "I'm working with some really cool people, and there's a few like me who have only really recently broken into the industry, and they've all done it in really interesting ways, with some coming up from QA, and some transferring from other companies or diciplines. Hopefully we should be able to show some of your students that even though it's tough, there's loads of ways to get into the industry."

Mohammed Mukhtar - Mohzart. Featured in ImagineFX Magazine

Mohammed Mukhtar is one of our Alumni for the Games Design Course at Uclan.

His fantastic concept artwork has been featured in the FXpose section of next month's issue of ImagineFX. (Jan 09)

You can see his work at




Sunday, 6 December 2009

Year 1 Drawing Elective

Sam Slater's first map for 2nd year 3d module

Sam Slater has produced this UT2004 map as part of his set design project for the year 2 3d modelling module.

This is just a section of the movie, there's even more special effects in the full version.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Year 1 Sketching in Manchester

As part of a games course year 1 elective, students made a trip to Manchester to sketch the city environment.

It was a rainy, but that didn't spoil things.

The Christmas market atmosphere pervaded the day.

Open 09 Games Create

Hosted by ʻSandboxʼ OPEN 09 this event brought creative people together at Uclan and around the city to explore, inform and create change in the Digital and Creative industries sector.
OPEN 09 event took place : 16 to 17 November
The gamescourse team from the Northern School of design participated with various guests in a series of explorations hosted by Games Create.
Year 3 student, Jeff Robbins, spoke on behalf of the team in the final panel discussion.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Year 3 students looking at how video games affect our lives

The Northern School of Design Festival Nov 11 th 09

The Games Design Festival Workshop
Shows how games are put together and helps visiting students to get a feel for how the games industry works. What kind of job opportunities are there? The answer to these and many other questions are explored in this session.
This workshop gives an exciting chance to take part in evolving a game idea. It seeks to dispel some of the myths that have built up around the games industry and provide the audience with an informed view of this increasingly popular arena.
The practical workshop is suitable for all of those interested in designing games and focuses on the relationship between game mechanics and developing actual game-play. Participants are given the opportunity to create some game-play plans of their own and receive feedback as to how to better initiate their ideas.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Christian Fell concept art and low poly modeling

Christian Fell is one of our Alumni for the Games Design Course at Uclan. He graduated with a first class honours in the summer of 2009.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Research into the potential of virtual environments by Bev Bush

Areas of Investigation

Exploring the educational and networking potential of Second Life and other virtual spaces with a view to opening up this immersive technology to our researchers, artists and designers .

Speaker at Women in Games 2008.

Encouraging creative thinking through the use of digital design and 3D building techniques across a variety of courses and using our virtual island as a social networking portal and a universal stage for designers of varied backgrounds to explore, exhibit and learn.

A team of female multi-disciplinary practitioners, have come together in the Northern School of Design to study issues surrounding immersive technology.The “Games By Girls” group intends to explore the possibilities for different subject areas to develop innovative content and alternative purposes of games .

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Games Design course on BBC Breakfast news

If you watched the TV early today,
BBC Breakfast News showed the footage they shot last Thursday at the Northern School of Design games design studio to tie in with the big Games expo at Leeds and London this week.

For details of the events see:

The video can be viewed on the BBC website here:


Thanks to David Howell for sending the link.

Thanks to Chris and John from the BBC team for coming to the University to chat to the students and staff.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Thoughts on Employment

3d Set Design in Maya

Games Design Society

Jack and Hannah from year 2 have organised a Games Society.

Tuesday evenings, 4pm in the Games design studio, room 19, Victoria Building.

check it out !

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Bridging the gap between Academia and Games Industry

Amy and Helen ,Year 3 Games Design students at Uclan and Archit, Games Programming student at Lancaster University join forces to create a mobile game and win prizes in the Mobile Bullets Challenge.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Mobile Bullets 2009

This Lancashire based mobile phone game design competition is now in its 4th year and exclusively for
students from Lancaster University and UCLan working jointly in 2 competitive teams to produce the best
mobile game. This 2009 challenge was held between the Red and Blue Teams both of which have used combined skills in a quest to develop their mobile game concept into a marketable entertainment application for the Apple iPhone.I think we can all say the Mobile bullets challenge has been a success and we're delighted that it took place.
I would like to extend our thanks to Peter Melling and David Hothersall of Black Bull Studios for the encouragement and support given to the students during the creative process and for making it possible in the first place.We can definitely see the positive effect is had on the students involved.
We would also like to thank Andrew Thompson and Dave Verwer of Shiny Development, Jenny Rutter, Andrew Leeming, Yusuf Musa, R. Edwards, Josh Taylor, Philip Holifield and Enda Carey for their commitment The prize giving was an entertaining event and the students must be delighted with their generous prizes and the opportunity to be involved in such a scheme.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Welcome to Games at Uclan Blogspot

This blog has been created by Bev Bush to explore and record the creative ideas of the students on the B.A.(hons) Games Design Course at the Northern School of Design.