Friday, 22 November 2013

James Burton - MA Games Design - UCLan

So proud of our Alumni, James Burton, technical artist at White Paper Games
games tutor and MA graduate :)
Here James talk about his work on 'Ether' game, due out soon!
Click on image below.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

#UCLanCF - MA Show

UCLan CF - MA Show

Last night saw the preview opening of the fantastic MA Show
from the UCLan School of Art, Design and Performance.
If you'd like to share in this treat, it's open to the public during the following times.
FROM: 09:00 - 18:00

Below are a few images from the opening evening
We're so proud of our MA Games design students who featured prominently in the show.
Some striking concept art by Broady Blackwell
Exciting gameplay and stunning imagery in 'Ether' created by James Burton 
as part of the 'White Paper Games' team 
Superb Innovative design by Alexander Bellingham
currently working freelance on some cutting edge content with Sony SCEE
Jimmy Cave's awesome 'Grand Theft Inferno' artwork.

Monday, 14 October 2013

‘Drawing for Games’ session!

First years on (not so) covert manoeuvres in a ‘Drawing for Games’ session!
Uclan Games Design

Top Down Shooter Bugs

This Year 1 project not only covers the basics of creating a top down shooter using the visual programming tools of Construct 2 
but it also teaches the use of digital painting skills and alpha texturing for sprites. 
It helps students to understand optimisation and the use of low-resolution image 
and sound files for mobile games and covers the creation of seamless background tiles.

Quite a good all round exercise and with the reward of some fun game-play.
Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the tutorials to add their own 

individual take on the design and challenge of the game play.

Here's a Spider Top Down Shooter battle by Games Design student, 
Gareth Hart. 
Click the images below to play the various games


These will run in Internet Explorer or Firefox if you have a browser that supports HTML5 

Year 1 student, Kamil Sroka also created an interesting solution to our first top down shooter brief.


And Year 1 student, Mikey, also created a solution to our first top down shooter brief


Plus Year 1 student, Robin Williams, has another solution :)

And a heavy metal top down bug shooter from Year 1 student, Sean Boardman

And here's my version :)


Monday, 9 September 2013

Yet another recent Graduate employed as a Games Designer

Big congratulations to Dec Troughton, 
recent graduate from Uclan's Games Design course. 

who has just started work in his new role as Junior Designer at TT Fusion.
Wow! It's been quite a year for Uclan Games student graduate success!

 TT Fusion (previously known as Embryonic Studios before  
TT Games acquired it) 
is a software house based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
The developer is formed by the key staff of Gizmondo/Warthog, 
and was acquired by Traveller's Tales (Part of the TT Games group) in 2007.

They are best known for developing a lot of the LEGO games. 
They've developed the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable 
versions for  many titles.
Latest game:
'Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins'
 For a full list of their published games to date click below:


Monday, 2 September 2013

Even more recent graduates now working in the Games industry

More great news!
In the short time over summer since graduation even more of our recent graduates have secured work in the Games Industry!
We're so proud of their success.

Big Congratulations to Andrea Wastlund who started Working at FreeStyleGames in Leamington Spa as an Assistant Producer.

Also more celebration is in order for Emma Smith  
who has been offered the role of 
Junior Environment Artist at TRC Family Entertainment in MALTA 

Plus!! Johann Lundqvist has begun work as
3D Graphics Artist at Pieces Interactive


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Recent Uclan Games Design Graduates now in work!

Fantastic news!
So far in the space of a month since graduation lots of our recent graduates have already started work in the Games Industry!
Below are a few examples of their success.

Big congratulations to Saija Sipila has just started working as a junior artist at
Rebellion Video Games in Oxford.

Well done to Ben Parr who is working at TT Games.

and also Robin Demar,

plus Dec Troughton

and Ollie Hughes

and also Thomas Ip

In addition,
Congratulations to Jay Z Ashcroft for getting work at Sony Computer Entertainment

and to Steph Brookes who is also working at Sony Computer Entertainment

Then there's Samira Pritchard who's found work at ROQ IT

Well done Samira.

That's quite a list in such a short space of time!

Not only that but several other graduates are in the process of completing art tests and interviews and may be adding to this list very soon.

Good Luck Guys.
Keep in touch :)


Monday, 8 July 2013

Three more Games course Alumni Posters

Uclan Games Design course is really pleased to share three more of our Alumni posters.
Today we feature three more graduates who are enjoying work with successful companies,
Chris Kembry, OS Artist at 'Crytek' in Frankfurt,
Nik Hughes, Realtime Visualisation Specialist at 'Soluis Technologies'
and  Shaun Mooney, Concept Artist.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Uclan Games Design Degree Show 2013

The Games Design Degree Show was officially opened on Friday 14th June and it was a very lively and busy evening.
There was a broad variety of student work on show and guests flooded in to see the artwork banners, play the board games, meet the challenges of the playable levels and enjoy the atmosphere.There was a conglomeration of music, laughter and discussion across our large games studio where the show was held.
Once again , it was so obvious that there's a real community spirit in the Uclan games course, it's a great big family, where students share ideas and skills and enjoy playing and working together in a large community.

To make the night even more of a success, our games student,  
Andrea Wastlund was selected out of many contenders to receive the  
Creative Festival Design Award and was presented with an engraved glass trophy by Vice Chancellor, Dr. Malcolm McVicar for her achievement. 
This is the second year in a row that we have won this award for games design!

For those who were unable to visit the shows during the Creative Festival week,
below are examples of student banners from the private view of the Games Design Show 2013. These were exhibited alongside books, pitch documents, 3d prints and a medley of digital work displayed on screen.