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Leading Games Companies Join Birmingham Call For Training

Next month video game designers and developers will have the chance to meet some of the leaders in games design. The City's New Technology Institute (NTI) in Birmingham, a UCE Birmingham owned venture, is hosting a series of free taster training sessions during its "6 Days of Apple", to be held at the NTI's Eastside site from 5th-10th March.

The daytime hands-on sessions and evening speaker events will include key industry names including Sega, Apple, OTEE and AMV. The programme will include software training sessions in visual animation, special effects, three-dimensional design and games development. The "taster" format of the sessions will mean that budding games gurus will be introduced to the latest technology solutions used in the games design process.

NTI Manager Oliver Williams believes there is a growing games development community in the region. He said: "The Midlands has a rich history of games development, from as far back as the Sinclair Spectrum, which has recently attracted global games companies to the region. What we're offering is the chance to help our home-grown talent access the latest games development software in a bite-sized, interactive way. In doing this, we hope to retain much of that talent whilst enabling them to stay abreast of industry developments."

March's programme will include previews of Apple's Final Cut Pro, used to edit the television series "Scrubs" for the Internet, OTEE's Unity Pro interactive games programming software and AMV's Fireworks special effects development suite for television and movies. An evening session from Patrik Svensson of OTEE will give advice and tips on starting out in the games design industry.

Patrik commented: "I am pleased to be involved with the NTI and the 6 Days of Apple programme. Our commitment is to educating and supporting the next generation of games developers. By participating, I hope that our interactive design community can gain a broad perspective on technologies and its use within the industry."

Details of the NTI in Birmingham and the 6 Days of Apple programme are featured on the NTI in Birmingham website www.ntibirmingham.co.uk.


Notes to the Editor:

Apple Accredited Courses delivered by UCE Birmingham's Technology Innovation Centre at the NTI in Birmingham:-

FCP 101 - An Introduction to Final Cut Pro 5

FCP 250 - Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors

FCP 300 - Advanced Editing Techniques in Final Cut 5

FCP 350 - Advanced Colour and Finishing in Final Cut Pro 5 (TBC)

DVD SP 101 - An Introduction to DVD Studio Pro 4

DVD SP 300 - Advanced Authoring Techniques in DVD Studio Pro 4 (TBC)

Motion 101 - An Introduction to Motion 2

Logic 101 - An Introduction to Logic Express and Logic Pro

Shake 101 - An Overview of Shake 4


The NTI in Birmingham is a Partnership of college and university suppliers in the West Midlands region. For the past three years NTI has been operating a training portal which has signposted over 500 companies to training opportunities in Birmingham and Solihull. NTI has also been delivering funded IT consultancy resulting in new jobs and new sales for the companies receiving the consultancy.

The NTI in Birmingham's Facilities-for-Hire: The new NTI centre has three state-of-the-art IT suites, one boardroom-style room plus two smaller rooms for meetings or training, for NTI's use or for hire.

For further information please contact Tracy Gordon, Corporate Communications Manager, on 0121 331 5254, tracy.gordon@uce.ac.uk

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