The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed or even shut down many industries, but the demand for multimedia, graphics and animation is greater than ever. Crafton Hills College (CHC) is ready to meet this need with new courses this fall, including all-new courses in Virtual and Mixed Reality, and Level II 3D Modeling, both taught by a new instructor.
The new Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) course will introduce students to design for these emerging technologies as well as experience with advanced technologies, hardware, software and the basics of application development. . Students will also gain hands-on experience with current augmented reality and virtual reality applications using leading VR headsets and learn about the process of developing virtual augmented reality and MR using a standard game engine from industry.
Crafton Hill’s new 3D modeling course will build on what students have learned in the Level I course and improve their skills in creating and animating characters and other objects used in animation and games. 3d. The instructor who will lead this class and the VR and MR class is newly hired Peter Gend, who comes to Crafton Hills with years of experience in animation, game design and visual effects.
According to Iris Kern-Foster, assistant professor of digital media at Crafton Hills, the program is up-to-date and prepares students to work in these emerging fields immediately after receiving their certificate or diploma.
âDemand has increased in digital sculpture, game design, virtual reality, augmented reality, and user experience (UX) design,â said Kern-Foster. âOur challenge as educators is to make sense of related terms that appear in job postings to our students.
âGraduates entering the workforce, whether through a job or a business, are expected to embrace technological change and see creative opportunities in the challenges they face. “
Fall classes at Crafton Hills began Monday August 16. Most courses in the multimedia program will take place in person, but online courses will also be available. Multimedia students will still be able to access cutting edge software at Crafton Hills while studying remotely or in the classroom. All students can access free courses in all subjects, bus transportation, and view Crafton Hills Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks.
“We had a lot of new students who started during the pandemic – especially in the animation program – and I’m very happy that they have a campus experience in our labs and meet their classmates in person,” Kern-Foster said.
Multimedia student Elizabeth Mulica said she would highly recommend the program to anyone interested in creating in the digital space.
âBeing involved as a student in the multimedia department has been and continues to be an incredible experience with wonderful and helpful teachers,â said Mulica. âIt was truly a great opportunity to learn how to create digital parts with industry standard programs, while having great experience in the process of expressing yourself! “