Bitesized three-day courses offer introductions into animation, Maya and visual effects

Escape Studios offers summer game design courses

Graduates, school leavers and aspiring game developers in the UK are invited to attend a set of three-day summer courses which aim to introduce people to the basics of game design.

The sessions will take place at the London-based Escape Studios, a world-leading school of computer graphics, and is designed to offer “insight into the visual effects and gaming industries, and highlight exciting career opportunities.”

Though a small course, Escape’s influence is likely to be big for anyone wanting to enter the games business. Last year the school of computer graphics managed to get a “vast majority” of its graduates in jobs within the visual effects and games industries.

Escape says it is providing these courses as “fewer businesses in the traditional industries are offering graduate placements due to the economic downturn.”

Taking place on Tuesdays to Thursdays, the course is offering four introductions into as many key aspects of game design.

From July 28 the course will offer an introduction to 3D using Maya, while, one week later from August 4 there will be a session on animation. The next week will see an introduction to visual effects and on the fourth week from August 18 there will be a more general introduction to games design.

Each of these “tasters” will contain abbreviated content from Escape Studio’s renowned full-time courses. If anyone attending so happens to take on the full-term course at the end of the summer, the taster classes will be free. Otherwise, all four courses will cost £349 per attendee.

“Over three days, students will learn the basics of 3D effects creation and gain a better understanding of what’s involved in visual effects and character animation with guidance from world-class tutors.”

“We’re offering anyone interested in getting into computer graphics a sneak preview with our summer taster courses,” said Escape Studios’ Dominic Davenport. “Our accelerated classroom learning courses are recognised by the industry and provide students and graduates with high quality training by professionals.


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