Games Design students take on spooky project

Reference: OC740

Date: 14 th October 2013


Students studying Level 2 and 3 Games Design at Oldham College are working on a live client brief for the Animal Quackers farm in Bacup. They have been tasked with creating a series of concept posters featuring ghoulish and gruesome characters that will be showcased as part of the Farm of Terror event, a live horror tour taking place from Friday 25 th October to Friday 1 st November.

The week of scare, including a special Halloween performance (Thursday 31 st October), sees the petting farm transformed into six fear zones, including Psyco City, Chasm of Clowns and Nightmare Alley. The posters will signpost each area, giving visitors a taste of the terror they are about to experience.

Director of Animal Quackers Terry Bork visited the College to see the students work in development. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the students and their designs have truly surpassed my expectations. As well as selected posters in our fear zones, we’ll be displaying all work in the barn, which marks the start and end of our horror tour”.

Course tutor Christopher Shaw said, “This is the first year we have included a work experience module under the new UAL awarding body and the students have loved it! Working on a live client brief using digital design software to a professional level is something that employers in areas such as games design, animation and web design will be looking for”.

Level 3 Games Design student Owen Plant, 16 from Bury, says “My design is called ‘Girl in the Woods’ and is inspired by the ghost who is rumoured to haunt the farm. I’ve been working on the project for about four weeks, first of all drawing the character by hand and then using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to build up the background. Working on a real client project has been truly inspiring because you know your work will be seen by the public. The Games Design course gives you plenty of freedom to experiment and expand your creativity”.

Farm of Terror takes place from Friday 25 th October to Friday 1 st November at the Animal Quackers farm on Newchurch Old Road in Bacup. Tickets are priced at £10 per person (not suitable for children).



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