A fashion show with a twist

Students and staff from Computer Science for Games and Fashion with Business Studies degrees united to create a catwalk show like no other.

The cutting-edge virtual reality experience, entitled Fashion 360 VR, was developed over four months with the objective of providing an immersive new way to experience fashion students’ collections.

Via a VR headset, users could view a digital runway show featuring models displaying the students’ distinctive designs. The technology was available for visitors to use during the Graduate Show at the University’s City campus and was then on display at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Dr Panagiotis Fotaris course leader on our Computer Science for Games BSc(Hons) and Digital Games Development BSc(Hons), was heavily involved in developing the project. He said it showed Brighton students had “the potential to lead the way in VR advances”.

He said: “Interest in virtual reality has exploded in the last few years and as the technology continues to improve it may change the way we consume fashion forever.

“Graduation Fashion Week was a great opportunity for our Games and Fashion students to join forces and collaborate with our central media services to create an immersive experience. The 360-degree video received overwhelmingly positive responses from the audience.

“Participants call this multidisciplinary project a year highlight as it harnessed the diversity of their experiences and backgrounds to develop a cutting-edge product, which is especially useful in the era of global competition to create innovative value.”

Dr Fotaris added that a new VR collaboration will be undertaken, with plans to be confirmed.

The B19 Fashion Portfolio Website is an extension of the Fashion 360 VR project. Computer Science for Games students have created a series of web templates, creating individual websites for each fashion student portfolio, collection write-ups and CVs.

 

Gaining professional skills and broadening horizons

We caught up with final year Computer Science student Eric who filled us in on his course, his final year project and life at Brighton.

What made you choose Brighton and this course?

I’ve always loved Brighton, and have always been good with computers and programming. Brighton has a great tech scene too.

How did you feel when you were first accepted to Brighton?

Very excited, I didn’t expect myself to ever really get to university. The course was pretty much as expected, maybe with a little too much maths and written formal logic thrown in (things I’ve always struggled with, despite doing well at programming), but the tuition and extra assistance from certain tutors pulled me through. I didn’t expect it to get so cold here in winter!!

 What were the highlights of your course?

Highlights have definitely been plentiful, best bits have been when we’ve been given free rein over something, like Saeed’s second year module of bit-shifting programming, it was great fun to get so low-level. And especially this final year – every project this year we’ve been able to choose our own focus and application, really good to flex the creativity unshackled. Read More

Final year student Daniella tells us about her final year project for Kia Motors and loving life at Brighton

We spoke to final year Business Information Systems student, Daniella Moore, who reflected on her time at Brighton as she prepared for her final year show.

What made you choose Brighton and this course?

My sister was studying at Brighton at the time and I always came down to visit her. I loved the town and the location of the University; thus choosing Brighton. I never knew what I wanted to do when I was older, but when I randomly chose to study ICT and Business at A-Level, I knew they were the areas that I wanted to have a career in. The course offered great modules that I thought would be useful for any job, as IT Business Systems play a major role in any organisation.

How did you feel when you were first accepted to Brighton, and how has the reality compared to what you imagined?

I was extremely happy and still am. I think Brighton is a great university and I would recommend to any potential students who are looking to study here.

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How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage

Read this intriguing article from The Conversation written by PhD student Myrsini Samaroudi and our computing division lecturer Karina Rodriguez Echavarria.

Creative big data project launched

Entrepreneurs, business people and artists are backing a £1.3m project to boost business growth in the Sussex-to-London region.

They packed the project’s launch at the University of Brighton’s School of Media in Edward Street, Brighton, and heard how the scheme will combine the skills, assets and resources of creatives, technologists and data scientists to generate new business growth in the Coast to Capital region.

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Getting ahead in the digital sector

Talent Talks is a series of regular careers-focused events from Wired Sussex which culminate in a large, annual three-day festival in June called Talent Fest, designed to give job seekers a platform to meet and connect with some of the best digital, media and technology companies in Sussex, as well as get top careers advice from those working in the digital sector.

Here’s what Wired Sussex have to say about this up-coming event:

For this Talent Talks event, Wired Sussex and a range of guest speakers will be sharing practical advice, tips and strategies to finding work in the digital, media and tech sector.

We’ll discuss the broad range of careers available, offer practical advice on how to find new work opportunities, stand out from the crowd and connect with the right people. Read More

A change of perspective: from Gamer to Games Developer

Marc Walker, Computer Science (Games) and founder member of the Game Jam Society gives us an insight into Game Jams, networking events and making the most of life as a student in Brighton

My brother first got accepted to the University of Brighton, he then introduced me to this course and here I am. I was really happy to be accepted onto the course as it was something I’ve always wanted to do. These courses never existed when I was a teenager and the support for things like programming was non-existent. Thankfully the UK perspective on Computer Games has changed a lot since then.

The highlight of my course – making games of course! Game Development/Design is what I find most interesting, I’ve also taken a recent interest into Algorithms and Intelligent systems like A* Algorithm. I’d recommend this course if you desire to get into the gaming industry, but you will become a Game Developer rather than a Gamer and there’s a difference. Read More

Fast work at the UKie GameJam

Our Computer Science for Games BSc(Hons) and Digital Games Development(Hons) students pitched their skills against teams from across the UK in a marathon 30-hour student game jam this week.

Based on the theme ‘change’ five teams of first and second year students from Computer Science for Games and Digital Games Development took part in the event organised by UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive games industry).

Our teams had just 30 hours to work together to create a game based on the theme ‘change.’ Game jams are rapid development sessions which get participants thinking on their feet under severe time pressure while working together in small teams. It’s great experience and brilliant for portfolios as taking part in game jam’s is highly valued by employers in the games industry. Read More

Enrol online

Congratulations to everyone who’s received an offer. If you’ve had your place confirmed, you’ll be able to enrol from today.

There are a few things to do before you get here, including the first stage of your enrolment and getting started with your email account and course materials.

Once you’ve enrolled online, you’ll also be able to see all the essential details about your course, including your start date, welcome events and a draft timetable.

Find out more about what you need to do before you start.

See you soon!