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Posted: 01/02/16

Students leap on games design challenge

Interactive media students at West Nottinghamshire College have been set a digital challenge by a Nottingham-based gaming company.

Students have produced creative and innovative videos for the games industry

Fuzzy Frog, which was established seven years ago by chief executive Richard Flower, develops games for mobile phones for people to purchase.

HND Year 1 Interactive Media students were asked to create a simple game idea and from that make a short concept video which conveys the idea of the game to the viewer.

Using their interactive media skills students could make the video as simple or as complicated as they wished and base it on a range of game ideas such as a sports game, a racing game or a puzzle. It had to be a minimum of ten seconds in duration and be produced through the character’s eyes in a 3D environment.

Last week, (28 January) Fuzzy Frog’s art director Simon Smalley visited the college to see the students’ concept videos and provide feedback on their designs.

Simon said: “They’ve all delivered exactly on-brief, and to say it’s their first client-led 3D project they’ve displayed real talent.

“I’ve been amazed by the quality of the students’ work and some of the students have gone above and beyond what was asked for."

The class was joined by Sarah Pilkington, a student on the college’s BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Creative Digital Media) course. Sarah has recently spent a week at Fuzzy Frog on work experience and spoke to the class about her time there.

Sarah said: “My week at Fuzzy Frog taught me a lot. I learnt a lot of new things, using new tools and saw how they processed in 3D. I enjoyed the experience and got some great feedback from staff.

“After my studies I’ll be aiming for a career in the interactive media industry as a games level designer or a games environment designer.”