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Two games development students at Stoke on Trent College have been selected from hundreds of hopefuls to compete on a national stage.

Level 3 Games Development students, Mark Sims and Anthony Tweedie, from Stoke on Trent College, will take part in the WorldSkills UK Games Development Live Heat in London later this month. This prestigious competition provides an opportunity for competitors to demonstrate creative and technical skills at an advanced level.

Only 20 students from colleges across the UK have been selected to take part. The highly competitive selection process involved a rigorous assessment of the student’s 3D Modelling design work.

Ahead of the event, Anthony Tweedie said: “It is a good opportunity to use the skills I have learnt to compete in a national competition against other colleges.”

Andy Davenne, Lecturer for Games Development at Stoke on Trent College, said: “This is a vindication of the students’ great efforts on the Games Development course.

Places for the Live Heat are very much sought after and to be selected to take part is an achievement in itself. It is proof that our college’s Games Development courses at FE level are amongst the best in the UK.

Being part of such a significant competition gives Mark and Anthony something to really shout about moving forwards, as well as the chance to showcase their skills on a national platform. It’s a very exciting time for them and the college.”

The Live Heat will take place at South Thames College on Thursday, 14th May. Entrants will be required to model a given scene in either Autodesk 3D Studio Max or Autodesk Maya. Competitors must attempt to model all of the elements in the scene, and light them appropriately.

The top 10 from the heat will go on to the National Final at the Birmingham NEC Skills show in November.

Stoke on Trent College is currently home to 60 games development and creative media students at its Burslem Campus, off Moorlands Road.

Last month a new suite of cutting-edge gaming machines, worth over £21,000, which enable young people to develop 3D games using Unreal Engine and 3D Studio Max software was installed at the college.

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