Students reach national qualifiers

Left to right - Milan Dobrita and Matthew Bottomley.

Left to right - Milan Dobrita and Matthew Bottomley.

Four students have reached the national qualifiers of the WorldSkills UK competition, a skills contest where individuals or teams compete against one another to demonstrate their talent in a particular vocational skill.

Milan Dobrita and Matthew Bottomley, Level 3 Games Design students, are through to the 3D Digital Game Art national qualifiers. The competition has been created to reflect the role of a 3D Digital Artist within the game industry and what standards are expected when developing a game. Students had to produce three-dimensional models and assets using a designer’s brief to employ creative, technical, and specialist skills to deliver assets in a marketable game.

Ella Morrison and Darcey Crump, Level 3 Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up students, have progressed to the Commercial Makeup national qualifiers. The competition concentrates on the role and tasks of a Commercial Makeup Artist. Students had to demonstrate creativity and imagination, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure, within a dynamic and challenging media environment, working on a specific brief, with challenging time constraints and limited working space.

“It feels great and I’m ecstatic about taking part in the next stage of the competition.”

Discussing their Games Design shortlisting, Milan said: “I’m very excited about the competition especially since I managed to qualify for the national qualifiers. I love to 3D model and I decided to take this opportunity to sharpen my skills. To reach the national qualifiers I applied a lot of the skills that I have gathered throughout this year with a lot of help from my tutors and online guides.”

Matthew added: “It feels great and I’m ecstatic about taking part in the next stage of the competition. During the design process I learned to be resilient, this is a result of multiple versions due to poly count or graphical errors. The College has supported me by answering any questions I have such as errors and ways around complicated modelling or texturing.”

“My tutor has been very supportive with back-and-forth communication which has made it a lot easier.”

Reflecting on their skills developed during the Commercial Makeup competition, Ella said: “I feel proud for reaching the national qualifiers. The skills I have developed during the process are sticking to the brief and being more creative because I have had to work a little bit harder on creating an idea that will be unique and to a good standard. My tutor has been very supportive with back-and-forth communication which has made it a lot easier.”

Darcey Crump added: “I feel like it’s a very big opportunity and I’m so excited of the possible opportunities that could come from this competition! The skills I feel I have developed during this process so far, is time management, working to briefs, and I personally feel my confidence has been developed.”

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Left to right - Ella Morrison and Darcey Crump.

Left to right – Ella Morrison and Darcey Crump.

Last updated: 15th June 2021

Originally posted on: 15th June 2021