Japanese studio Psychic VR Lab has built a name for itself within the XR space thanks to its STYLY creative platform and its accompanying events, the NEWVIEW Awards. There’s another part to the family which has yet to go international but soon will, the NEWVIEW School. Today, the studio has announced that the programme will be making its European debut in the UK this summer.
Psychic VR Lab launched the NEWVIEW School three years ago in Japan as a way for creators to develop their knowledge of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and bring their ideas to life. So the course is designed to teach artists from the ground up, no matter their skill level, ideal for those looking to explore the XR space.
NEWVIEW School London will take place during the summer, teaching applicants how to utilise Unity in combination with STYLY to create artworks. This will go from shaders and textures all the way through to a fully realised piece of art. The course will be led by Barney Kass, a London based artist and sound designer, with a total of 14 lectures being held with participation from Lili Éva Bartha, XR Creative Tech Lead and Founder of Digital Fashion Framework Innovation Lab; Alex Ruhl, an award-winning VR filmmaker and founder of VR production studio CATS are not PEAS; and Patrick Haraguti, CTO of Fallen Planet Studios. Each bringing their own expertise to the school.
“We are excited to announce the launch of our first NEWVIEW School in Europe with our flagship programme in London, UK. Psychic VR Lab is looking forward to growing our NEWVIEW community and helping to inspire XR artists and creators with this new school,” said Ryohei Watanabe, CMO Psychic VR Lab in a statement. “We hope that the NEWVIEW SCHOOL will inspire, encourage, and build confidence in artistic expression in XR.”
“The idea isn’t so much about teaching everyone how to build VR or AR applications, it’s how to use AR/VR to create the images they already have in their head,” Kevin Joyce, Global Partner told VRFocus. “[Psychic VR Lab] wants more diversity in the NEWVIEW Awards, they want more people from around the world included in the awards and potentially winning that £20,000 USD prize. It’s about globalisation and democratising the access roads to XR. It’s not just about the diversity of the people committing the art but the flavour of the art received by the NEWVIEW Awards.
The NEWVIEW School will be held remotely, with VR headset loans available as well as a primer course and Meetup group for those unfamiliar with Unity. It’ll run between 19th June – 25th September 2021, cost £450 to join and spaces will be limited to 40 people with applications open from today.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Psychic VR Lab, STYLY and NEWVIEW School, reporting back with further updates.