25 January 2018

Final year students have had their work showcased in the Search for a Star challenge run by the Grads in Games initiative.

Grads in Games was set up to help students make the transition from education to full time employment in industry. The competition was open exclusively to third-year students studying BSc(Hons) Music Composition and Technology for Film & Games at the University of Hertfordshire.

Creating an original game soundtrack

Professional composer and audio lead Steven Coltart (most recently on PS4 release 'Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier’) who is a game audio industry lecturer across the Music programmes at the School of Creative Arts designed, led and assessed the project. This involved students creating an original game soundtrack, including sound design, music and ambience for wintery Fringe gameplay scenes.

Fringe was created by final year BA(Hons) 3D Games Art & Design students Euen Tan, Craig Payne and Benjamin Macauley and won the award for Best Games Art at the Animation Exposé 2017. The University of Hertfordshire’s annual Animation Exposé showcases the very best 3D, Games, VFX and 2D animated movies from our graduating class.

'It's a great pleasure to be working with the University of Hertfordshire'

The project was a first for Grads in Games, who said: 'Game audio is an area of Grads in Games that we’re looking to improve our activity in, so it’s a great pleasure to be working with the University of Hertfordshire to help address this.' 
Congratulations to students Dan Farley who took home first place, followed by Michael Lane and Vasilis Natsou.