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Games Course

Former SCE artist Simon Fenton running 12-week course teaching students how to create game artwork.

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2009

LONDON - March 16, 2009 - Learn how to create artwork required to land a job in the games industry with Escape's new classroom-based Games Course. Taught by Simon Fenton, former lead artist at Sony Computer Entertainment London, Escape's games course will teach students how to take art direction and create realistic models and environments for games. Using leading technology such as Maya®, Photoshop®, ZBrush®, CrazyBump and the renowned Unreal engine, this comprehensive 12 week course will equip students with the necessary skills, and a demo reel, for pursuing a job in game development.

The course kicks off March 30 and will be offered fulltime, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Escape's London headquarters. To register or obtain more information, including a detailed course outline, please visit

"Escape's goal is to focus on teaching the skills our students need to be successful in real production environments," says Simon Fenton, the course instructor. "Junior games artists don't write code or design levels, which is why we focus on teaching students on how to model, texture and light according to a brief. We also give them a sound grounding in artistic principle and an understanding of the technical limitations a games artist has to work under on a daily basis."

Escape's Games Course will provide in-depth coverage of the following concepts over a 12 week period: Introduction to the User Interface; Animation Basics; Nurbs Modeling; Polygon Modeling and UVs; Introduction to Texture Mapping; Introduction to Lighting and Rendering; Introduction to Video Games; Exteriors and Lighting; Asset Generation; Enclosed Interiors and Advanced Lighting and Organic Modeling with Zbrush. The final week, titled 'Project Week,' allows students to finalize their work and put together a customized demo reel.

"This is the perfect course for students interested in learning the fundamental skills required to pursue and secure a job in the games industry," said Paul Wilkes, recruitment director of Escape. "Not only does Escape's Games Course cover every aspect of creating models and environments for games, it also help students compile their work onto a demo reel, and our recruitment team helps them tailor that reel for specific job applications."

Pricing and Availability

Escape's Games Course is fulltime and runs from March 30, 2009 through Sept. 28, 2009. The comprehensive 12 week course takes place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT and is priced at 8,500 GBP. No prior knowledge of Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush, Unreal or CrazyBump is necessary; however, a basic knowledge of 3D and some familiarity with Photoshop is recommended. For more information on Escape's Games Course or to register, please visit

About Escape Studios

Founded in 2002, Escape Studios' strong industry alliances and world-class training make them the number one choice for achieving a successful career in the field of computer graphics. By providing both training and reseller support services on today's leading visual effects software and hardware, including Maya, Softimage, 3ds Max, modo, Pixar's RenderMan®, ZBrush, Motionbuilder, endorphin, BOXX, HP and more, Escape is uniquely poised to solve technical or staffing requirements faced by today's leading production companies. Escape's strong recruitment arm with top studios enables its graduates, or 'escapees', to work on some of the industry's most high-profile projects such as The Golden Compass, 10,000BC, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix.

Escape Studios is headquartered in London, and recently opened a training and reseller facility in New York. For more information on Escape please visit


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