It has been a long hard slog. Fifteen years to be precise. That is how long CGI has been running, and, yes, it has been tough. And fruitful. However, as we accelerate into 2018, I’d like to reflect on the last eighteen months. We have become branded; The College CGI; complete with logo. We have taken our marketing into our own hands. We run our own social media. We invite schools, colleges and industry in to see what we do; give hands-on taster sessions to young recruits. We go out and give talks on CGI; attend conferences and digital events; putting on our own show every June. We ensure that our brand is out there and gets seen.
So why the reflection? At a meeting this week, the subject of our course statistics was raised. Attention, retention, results of multiple student surveys etc. Some figures were good. Some, not so. While listening to the peeling back of stats, I decided to look at the one statistic that I think counts the most and I’d like to share it with you.
Between June 13th and September 14th 2017, one in two (that’s 1 in 2) graduates gained full time employment in the CGI industry.
Fills the heart with pride, don’t you think?
In collaboration with The College CGI Bournemouth & Poole, Nautilus will be using state of the art XSens Motion Capture Suits to assist with innovative software projects. The aim is to achieve a complete set of AI animations for use within current simulation training software applications.
Quarter Circle Games is a small indie team based company in sunny Bournemouth, UK. Their new game, The Peterson Case, is due out this year on PC and Xbox One.
QC Games enlisted the help of the College CGI team to create the mocap data for some of the scenes. A trailer for the game can be found at https://youtu.be/VOB83xvtd9k. The game team are planning to return to the College CGI later in the year to create more mocap data that will see the involvement of students.
This morning we invited students who are joining the Foundation Degree in September for breakfast and 3ds Max. The morning went very well, despite the fact that we obviously don’t have too many people with a sweet tooth! This meant the staff were forced to eat the Danish! This is something most of us can’t afford to do.
We are looking forward to working with those we met this morning, there is obviously going to be some great talent in this year’s cohort. We are also looking forward to meeting those who were unable to attend for a variety of reasons. Good luck to those who sat Math A level today – we have our fingers crossed for you.
Today we welcomed Milton Abbey School http://www.miltonabbey.co.uk/ to our CGI taster session. The morning was taken up by an introduction to 3ds Max and the students created objects and animated them. Then they took a beach scene, textured parts of their scenes and animated a character.
That is not all! They then had a talk of VFX and tried our After Effects, some for the first time.
A success morning all round.
If your school or organization would like to come to a similar taster session we are always willing to make time to show you what we do and help you produce a piece of work to show your family and friends.
This year’s annual event went extremely well with many relevant companies attending and job offers across the board. It was great seeing ex-students and seeing how successful they had become since graduating. Most ex-students had some to the show to take on interns and to find the right CG Artist to work in their companies.
Companies such as Uniform (uniform.net), Pixel Flakes (pixelflakes.com), from London, Polygon Studios (thepolygonstudio.com) from Brighton and international company, Visual House (http://visualhouse.co/), attended recognising the value of such first-hand recruitment.
Lee Corbon, Lead Graphic Artist from the Bournemouth based Drilling Systems Ltd. ( ttps://www.drillingsystems.com/ ) , officially opened the Expo with a 10am ribbon cutting. Mr. Corbon is an ex-student and was pleased to be back to open the event.
“It’s a great course and a great opportunity for the students. It’s an opportunity for us to find a new placement within our company,” said Mr. Corbon. He and his colleague Will Baker were also examining and interviewing students with the hope to make an offer to one lucky individual.
Take a look at the photos taken at the event – https://www.facebook.com/theCollegeCGI/