Students at Wrexham Glyndwr University are set to benefit from a partnership forged between the institution and a major visual effects company.
Under a new agreement, leading effects company On-Set Facilities will be working with the university to develop virtual production and spatial computing modules to a number of degree courses.
The company is based in Corwen, in North Wales, but works across the globe, providing virtual production, visual effects, and much more.
Programme leader for Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Visual Effects course, Steve Jarvis, said: “Signing this agreement with On-Set Facilities is great news and a real vote of confidence in our courses from a major industry player.
“Visual effects is an industry which is growing at a phenomenal rate and our region is perfectly placed to help graduates capitalise on that growth. There are major centres of VFX production in both Northern Ireland and in the North West of England, so developing a skilled workforce here in North Wales makes sense – both for our students and for our region’s economy.
“On-Set Facilities have some really exciting projects which our students can get involved in and some of the technology they are using is phenomenal – it means that they can work in real time in multiple locations, so clients can see not only the work an actor is doing – but how that work will translate to the screen.
“It’s a very exciting time right now to be getting into the VFX industry – and this agreement means our students will get vital hands-on industry experience.”
Director of Virtual Production at On-Set Facilities, Asa Bailey, said: “Glyndwr University currently runs successful degree courses in a number of areas related to our work – such as game art and development, VFX and media production.
“On-Set Facilities will work with students on-campus and in the studio to bring virtual production, real-time VFX and spatial application development to these courses.
“We will also be working together with Glyndwr through student placements and work exchange programs.
“Moving forward, we have talked about bringing virtual production to more areas of the University. From space science to the arts and engineering, in both graduate and postgraduate streams, we aim for students in all areas to benefit from this partnership.”
Find out more about Wrexham Glyndwr University’s BA and MDes (Hons) in Visual Effects here: https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/VisualEffects/