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Lecturer awarded funding to expand 3D animation summer school

Senior Lecturer in Computing Education, Peter Kemp, has been awarded £50,000 funding from Creative Skillset to expand a 3D animation summer school for young people aged 14-18.

Posted: 10 March 2015

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3Dami summer school will mentor young people who are interested in working within the digital and creative industries. The students will have the opportunity to create a 3D animated short film, from 3D modelling and animation through to its premiere in just seven days. They will be supported by industry experts and academics including Peter Kemp.

Mr Kemp says: “Despite the UK being home to one of the world’s largest digital arts and games industries, there is little formal pre-university education available, and limited awareness outside the industry of how to break in.”

As well as helping students to develop professional skills, the summer school will also shed light on the best methods to teach 3D digital art to pre-university students. Mr Kemp’s research expertise also explores how Computational Thinking and the new English Computing Curriculum can be taught through 3D digital art and ultimately hopes to create a free 3D animation curriculum for schools in the UK.

3Dami is the first pre-university digital 3D animation summer school in the UK and has been described by an online blog called ‘Catalysts and Disconnects’ which charts the progression of young people into creative careers, as one of the few examples of an event that “genuinely combine[s] creative and digital learning”.

The funding will enable Mr Kemp and the wider team to host two events this year, one in London and another outside London. It will also help make 3Dami as accessible as possible by providing full transport, accommodation and food bursaries for students.

Mr Kemp teaches trainees at Roehampton to deliver the Computing curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is involved in applied consultancy and research in Computing worldwide.

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