GCU students are Creating Conversations

16 February 2017

Approximately 130 third and fourth-year students attended the event.

Approximately 130 third and fourth-year students attended the event.

Digital design students from GCU presented their Honours projects alongside industry experts at the second Creating Conversations student conference yesterday. 

Approximately 130 third and fourth-year students from GCU's Graphic Design for Digital Media, 3D Computer Games Art and Animation, and Games Art and Animation programmes participated at the conference, alongside eight keynote speakers from industry, in Glasgow’s Old Sheriff Court. The conference closed with an industry/student networking event where design professionals were invited to discuss the students’ work, professional issues and future employment issues.

The participating final-year students presented work in progress from their Honours projects as part of the conference, which is an extension of GCU’s Caledonian Creates, an annual celebration of work from the University’s creative programmes, which cover a wide range of disciplines including graphic, interior and games design, electronic systems, 3D computer animation, and computer games art and animation.

Guest speakers included:

  • Ross Baynham, GCU alumni and founder and director of Instrmnt 
  • Andrew Nicolson, senior designer at Front Page
  • Lauren Currie, founder of #upfront 
  • Laura McHard, Solius
  • Fraser Maclean, former Disney and founder of Animation Centrifuge
  • Alex Porter and Rex Harby from Render Studio 
  • Andrew Dobbie, Made Brave 
  • Andrew Reid, GCU PhD Student

Students also participated in a Creative Confidence workshop run by Lauren Currie and were invited to try the state of the art virtual reality equipment with Made Brave and Solius. 

Dr Mary Maclachlan, Senior Lecturer, said: “The event was a wonderful celebration of student research and provided a great opportunity for students to hear from inspiring experts and network and discuss their work with peers, academics and industry professionals.”