Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Next generation 3D design wins over CPIT

Next generation 3D design wins over CPIT

As the 3D design environment evolves, one tertiary institute is keeping ahead of the changes, with a little help from a key industry partnership, and it’s the new generation of designers who will reap the rewards.

By introducing Cinema 4D (C4D) to its multi-media Art & Design students from this year, CPIT can claim to be the first degree programme in New Zealand to offer the package. Not only will the agreement with C4D New Zealand supplier Megabits save the institute $20,000, but it will enable students to spend more time actually using the package and less time learning how to use it, says CPIT Head of Art & Design Bruce Russell.

“We are confident that using this exciting software will be of huge benefit to student learning. Cinema4D is highly intuitive and we anticipate that all our students will be able to do more exciting and creative work using this new tool. Less time actually learning the software means more time for students to actually use it.”

In ten years of teaching 3D design, tutor Tim Budgen found C4D the easiest programme to pick up. “The package we have been using is excellent for high end work such as film special effects, however it is hard to get into. C4D will allow students to learn the software quickly and then go further in their work.”

C4D connects with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, which are environments the Art & Design students are already familiar with, and will lead to a variety of industry work such as broadcast and motion graphics as well as special effects and gaming.

3D freelancer Ralph Wilkin researched all the options when he was Team Leader of Graphics at TVNZ and C4D emerged as the obvious choice.

“It turned out to be a very successful choice with our most ‘3D-scared’ designers quickly enjoying the new found possibilities of applying 3D to their broadcast design. And our clients loved the more contemporary results in the creative work we were supplying them,” he said.

“C4D is as easy or complicated as you want it to be. The interface is simple and intuitive, but you can drill down to the detail required for all high-end 3D work. It comes with many add-ons so you can tailor it to your needs, although we went with the full package. Now as a freelance graphic designer, C4D is my personal choice for all my 3D.”

CPIT has taught 3D modelling and animation for 10 years as part of the multi-media specialisation of the Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design). The other specialisations are Applied Visual Art and Visual Communication.

Budgen says CPIT graduates are working at top design studios such as Weta and he is looking forward to seeing what students will achieve with more creative time available and less time spent learning more technical programmes.

The arrangement with Megabits also allows students to have a personal copy of the software at minimal cost and future discounts on the professional package, plus one licence per year will be offered as a prize for excellent work.

C4D is a German application developed by MAXON Computer GmbH for modelling, animating, lighting, texturing and rendering design work.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news