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GET ANIMATED AT UNIVERSITY STUDENT SHOWCASE EVENT

The University of Paisley is showcasing student expertise in animation, games development and multimedia technologies at its inaugural ‘Digital Futures’ event at the Glasgow Science Centre [Clyde Suite] on Wednesday 8 June 2005, 10.30am-3.30pm

The University's innovative programmes in Computer Animation, Computer Games Technology and Multimedia Communications are producing graduates of outstanding quality. The free event - Digital Futures [Computer Animation and Games Showcase] - will provide the chance to talk to students about their work and view showreels of their exciting 2-D and 3-D animation and games technology.

The event will be particularly relevant to prospective students considering careers in areas such as the games industry, computer animation, multimedia, product visualisation and virtual environment generation. Digital Futures will enable them to gain an insight into how Paisley's courses can help them to achieve their goals.

Paisley's graduating students of 2005 will be showing their final year project work, which includes a diverse range covering multimedia, animation and virtual environments. And, in addition to showreels of animation work, there will be computer games displays and demonstrations of state-of-the-art 3-D camera technology.

The event will also provide an opportunity for businesses to talk with University staff and students about how digital media can be used to best effect for marketing and promotion to enhance their commercial impact.

This showcase will also see the judging and presentation of the University's Media Prize 2005, which is sponsored by Associate Newspapers. The best Year 4 student work will be judged by a panel, comprising staff from the BAFTA-nominated company Axis Animation and the Oscar-nominated company Studio Django. The winner will receive a cheque for £500. Additional prizes of animation software, courtesy of Toon Boom Animation Inc, will also be awarded to students for their work in a variety of categories.

Dr Chris Halsall, Dean of the School of Computing, said: "This event is the perfect opportunity for our students to showcase their practical expertise to industry.

"It will also be the ideal chance for prospective students to find out more about the practical nature of our courses and the opportunity for members of industry to discover how digital media can aid their commercial development."

Anyone wanting further information on the 'Digital Futures' event, or seeking tickets, should contact the University of Paisley's School of Computing on 0141 849 4015. Examples of students' work can be viewed at www.paisley.ac.uk/digitalfutures

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Notes to Editors:- The media is invited to attend the event. There will be a photo opportunity involving the winner of the Associated Newspapers Media Prize at 11.45am. Those wishing to attend the event and/or the photocall should contact Niall Gordon on 0141 848 3726.

For further information contact:-

Niall Gordon (PR Co-ordinator)

Corporate Marketing, University of Paisley

0141 848 3726 / 07764 285 882

David Kyle (PR & Marketing Manager)

Corporate Marketing, University of Paisley

0141 848 3334 / 07710 350 147

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