Breda Universities' Games & Media opens research center with ROE Visual
Leek, the Netherlands (9 November 2021) – ROE Visual and Breda University of Applied Sciences announce their partnership to enhance knowledge about virtual production and XR stages for an upcoming generation of content creators by opening a virtual production research center. ROE Visual will support this high-ranking Game Development University with high-end LED products to enable its students to work in a full-fledged XR stage environment.
Dutch-based Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) is a medium-sized, higher education institute with over 7,000 students from 100 countries. BUAS offers bachelor's and master's programs in various domains, and its Game Development program is internationally recognized. The Rookies World School Rankings displaying the Best Creative Media & Entertainment Art Schools has given BUAS a #10 ranking.
The partnership focuses on the development of a virtual production research center. Here content for XR Stages can be developed, and students can test the interaction of content playout systems with the LED wall. The students will have access to high-end virtual production technology, equivalent to what is currently used in film studios and XR stages all over the globe.
BUAS will be the first university on the EU continent to have a full-fledged XR stage available for its students. Academy for Games and Media lecturers Carlos Santos and Stephen Paine are both thrilled about the partnership. "The availability of and access to an XR Stage for research and development that comprises products that are not only used in the professional work field but are also highly acclaimed is a huge incentive for our students. It's a great tool to increase their knowledge and take their performance to the next level," states Paine, Creative Business lecturer.
"With this partnership, BUAS, having developed partnerships with Epic Games and Sony, continues its strategy to link with the best manufacturers and brands."
"This new and exciting collaboration with ROE Visual enables our students, staff, professors, and partners to collaborate in improving current techniques for virtual production. At the same time, it offers the ability to discover new, innovative applications and approaches in this state-of-the-art environment," comments Jorrit Snijder, President of the Executive Board of Breda University of Applied Sciences.
ROE Visual firmly believes in the power of knowledge transfer and investing in a new generation of industry professionals. Next to the widely followed ROE Academy classes, ROE Visual regularly supports other learning institutes, training events, and learning initiatives.
"Enabling a new generation of students to acquire relevant technical skills is self-evident to guarantee an influx of the next generation of young professionals," comments Auke Meijer, Operations & Sales Director for ROE Visual. "Giving these students access to ROE Visual's industry-standard LED panels, the cooperation is an example of how industry-leading manufacturers can play a role in educating and inspiring the future generation of technicians and creatives."
ROE Visual has supplied Diamond DM2.6 LED panels for the walls, Carbon series CB5 for a LED ceiling, and a HELIOS LED processing platform.
"We're very excited that our students are having access to the best and most up-to-date equipment available in the industry right now. With this set, we even have access to the GhostFrame technology, allowing us to research and explore all the creative and technological aspects of virtual production", comments Dr. Santos, Game Development lecturer.
In the picture LTR: Jorrit Snijder (President of the Executive Board of BUas), Stephen Paine (Creative Business lecturer), Sandra Storm (Management Team Vereniging Hogescholen), Robbie Grigg (Academy Director for Games & Media), Ron Minnée (Management Team Vereniging Hogescholen), Auke Meijer (ROE Visual), Carlos Santos (Game Development lecturer).
BUAS students have recently installed the research center at the BUAS campus in Breda under the supervision of Tim Hamberg, Support Engineer for ROE Visual. After a try-out period allowing the students and team to familiarize themselves with the technology at hand, the XR stage will be officially launched early in 2022.
About BUAS – Game Design
High rankings in both the Princeton Review rankings and the Rookies World School Rankings for Game Design indicate the BUAS Game Design program is one of the best in the world. Whether you want to be the best gameplay programmer, an award-winning character artist, or a game designer who creates Triple-A titles, it all starts in Breda at the Breda University of Applied Sciences.
BUAS alumni work for the most prominent companies worldwide. The BUAS has developed partnerships with Sony, Epic Games, ROE Visual, and SideFX.
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