Imagine being able to design your own 3D performing venue, construct a stage and set; explore them from the performer and audience’s perspective; introduce characters or experiment with lighting effects on stage…
The latest interactive 3D learning resource developed by FusedWorks, Doncaster College’s 3D visualisation studio, means you can do just that. Whats more the resource is completely free!
The one year SPACE project was funded by JISC/HE Academy and formed part of a larger Open Educational Resources (OER) programme. Developement of SPACE was a result of a successful partnership between Doncaster College, National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural and PALATINE (the then HE subject specialist for performing arts). Collaboration with staff and learners from college’s and HE institutions throughout the UK ensured that the project was ‘fine tuned’ to the needs of the learner and lecturer.
FusedWorks, as part of Doncaster College were able to work closely with staff to incorporate elements of the project into the curriculum. This enriched the student learning experience by consolidating theoretical skills with practical work experience. Examples of student involvement included: creation of project branding, YouTube ‘help’ tutorials and a selection of 3d props available from the in-built library.
SPACE is freely available to all, whether you’re studying, teaching, working or simply pursuing an interest in the area of performing arts and want to experiment with your own venue and set design. PC and MAC versions are available under an open licence and can be easily downloaded from the project website.
Download the resource!
For more information on the project visit the project website www.space.fusedworks.com or contact Helen Richardson on 01302 553588.
On 4th July 2011 Doncaster College’s FusedWorks team presented the beta version of the SPACE project resource during the PALATINE DIGITALIS event. The event took place at The University of Leeds and seeked to promoted the use of digital technologies to enhance and embed creative processes.
More about the event: http://www.palatine.ac.uk/events/view/2022/
The team at FusedWorks have been busy working on an Open Educational Resource project funded by Jisc. The project named SPACE (Simulated Performing Arts Creative Environment) will see the creation of an application to enable 3D teaching and provide an interactive learning resource for use by performing arts lecturers and students in both Higher and Further Education.
The resource is intended to complement the teaching of performing arts in the UK and users will be able to experiment with set and lighting design through the creation of their own 3D theatre space. Users will be able to import 3D props and characters with adjustable attributes and also apply cues to their creation.
The project is a collaboration between Doncaster College, Creative and Cultural Skills – the sector skills council for the creative and cultural sectors, the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills (NSA), PALATINE – the HE Academy subject centre for Dance, Drama and Music and SHM a consultancy specialising in research, proposition development and organisational effectiveness.
The partners of the project are:
For more information about the project take a look at the project website www.space.fusedworks.com. You can also follow the project on Twitter – @3D_SPACE
A group of Doncaster College representatives (including Helen Richardson from FusedWorks) made a working visit to Casablanca, Morocco between 23rd and 28th January 2010. This exchange was realised within The Skills for Employability Project which is realised in collaboration between Doncaster College and ESITH in Morocco (Ecole Supérieure des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement).
The project is funded by the British Council, and aims to promote skills development and increase the employability of young people in participating countries by encouraging close links between education and industry. FusedWorks developed an interactive 3D application to support teachers in the delivery of EFL (English for a foreign language) lessons called “Don Smith”.
Don Smith is the character on our new web-based 3D learning tool. He is a ‘virtual’ lecturer from Doncaster College whose job is to increase the speaking and listening skills of lecturers whose primary delivery language is French.
The learning tool was created in support of a British Council initiative to increase the employability skills of students and lecturers in Morocco and Tunisia.
Don was created and animated in 3ds max software, then exported into Unity 3D to build an interactive web-based application.