Member news: Escape Technology hosts wall vinyl competition for Wakefield College students

Feb 20, 2024

Wakefield College has teamed up with Escape Technology to host a wall vinyl competition – giving its Digital Industries students an exciting opportunity to display their artwork across the College.

The students put their creativity to the test by designing a wall graphic which incorporated Escape Technology’s logo and celebrated the College’s partnership with the company.

After many dazzling submissions, Level 3 Media Production & Technology students Dan and Jamie were chosen as the winners, with their creations now featured on the walls of their learning spaces.

Dan said: “I was ecstatic when I found out that I had won the competition as I put a lot of thought and effort into creating the design. I researched what Escape Technology do and their brand, which was my inspiration for the colour scheme and the layout – encapsulating both the identity of the company and the College. The competition was really fun and engaging and I enjoyed the challenging aspects of it.”

The submissions for the competition were judged by a selection of people from Escape Technology’s team of technology, art and animation industry veterans. After receiving so many inventive submissions from the students, they decided one winner was not enough.

John Stopforth, Head of Education at Escape Technology, paid a visit to the College to see its Game Development teaching facilities and to present Dan and Jamie with a £50 Amazon voucher each for winning the competition.

John said: “At Escape Technology, we are keen to drive forward industry-focused education. The competition was a great opportunity to do this, whilst enabling students to work on a real-life brief and develop new skills. Our judges were impressed with all entrants and their remarkable wall designs which utilised various software programmes and techniques.”

Rob Charlish, Head of Curriculum for Computing & Digital Industries at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, who arranged the competition with Escape Technology, said: “The project gave the students a chance to step away from their usual coursework and explore a more creative process designed to test their skills. We hope this will become a yearly project for our students, enabling them to work on client briefs. Escape Technology’s willingness to deliver student-focused projects such as this, as well as their advice and support in ensuring the department stays ahead of the latest technical advances, is invaluable.”

The graphics have been installed in the Digital Industries department’s games development teaching facilities, which have been designed to immerse students into an effective working environment and teach them what it’s like to work in a game development studio.

Wakefield College currently offers four of the University of Arts London (UAL) specialised courses that cover Games Development, Web Design and Digital Design.

Escape Technology is an expert technology consultant who work with the creative industries, specialising in VFX, Visualisation, Education and Gaming.

To find out more about the College’s Digital Industries courses and the department, please visit: Wakefield College – Digital Industries

To visit the College and its facilities in person, speak to the tutors and look around the campus, register for the next Open Event here: Wakefield College – Open Event

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