Several weeks ago VRFocus reported on Japanese studio, Psychic VR Lab, and the plans to open its NEWVIEW School for budding XR artists in the UK. With the remote programme beginning in June, there are now two weeks left for those that are interested to apply. Plus, VRFocus has a discount offer to make it even more tempting.
NEWVIEW School London continues the work the original Japanese programme began three years ago, encouraging artists and other creators who have an interest in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to participate and expand their knowledge base. The course will be a combination of STYLY Studio, Psychic VR Lab’s online creative platform and Unity, which is required to build the projects.
For those unfamiliar with Unity – a videogame engine used to build a lot of VR titles – NEWVIEW School London will hold a primer course to get participants up to speed on the software. The main programme will then commence on 19th June comprising a total of 14 lectures running from 10 am – 3 pm BST, concluding on 25th September 2021. It’ll be held entirely remotely via Zoom due to Covid restrictions. A VR headset is required but if attendees don’t have access to one the school will be able to supply an Oculus Quest 2 (which will need to be returned).
The XR programme will be led by Barney Kass, a London based artist and sound designer, with lectures featuring various creative specialists. These will include Alex Ruhl, an award-winning VR filmmaker and founder of VR production studio CATS are not PEAS, Patrick Haraguti, CTO of Fallen Planet Studios (Affected – The Manor), and Lili Éva Bartha, XR Creative Tech Lead and Founder of Digital Fashion Framework Innovation Lab.
Since its launch in 2017, STYLY has facilitated artistic expression within VR and then more recently AR. An entirely cloud-based solution, STYLY continues to expand thanks Psychic VR Lab managing to raise $8.5 million USD (¥900m JPY) a few months ago. Its most recent update added official support for 3D models built within Tilt Brush, allowing artists to export their designs directly. Useful considering Google Poly is shuttering soon.
If you’re interested in NEWVIEW School London you can apply here. The course will cost £450 GBP. For a 10% discount simply add VRF10 after your last name on the application form. For continued updates, keep reading VRFocus.