Catkin – University of Hertfordshire Digital Animation Programme

University of Hertfordshire Digital Animation Programme

3D, 2D, VFX and Games Art – Bachelor of Arts

Work created by the BA VFX, 3D Animation and Games Art pathways.

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BA (Hons) 2D Digital Animation |

BA (Hons) Games Art |

BA (Hons) 3D Digital Animation |

BA (Hons) Visual Effects |

BSc (Hons) Music Composition and Technology for Film and Games,

The digital animation programme equips students with the high level of skills needed to succeed in today’s animation industry. It emphasizes creativity, character design, story, cinematography, VFX and compositing 3D and Games Art; all channelled through the advanced software skills needed to achieve inventive and engaging animation. These programmes develop digital modelling and character animation skills, virtual lighting and virtual camera work, exposing students to the latest professional 3D animation practices. The students create short animated final films or fully playable games levels. Employment opportunities include computer animation companies, work with games, TV and film special effects companies. Our graduated students have worked and freelanced with some of the world’s best known production and post production houses.

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The beneficial bacteria that make delicious food – Erez Garty

Where does bread get its fluffiness? Swiss cheese its holes? And what makes vinegar so sour? These foods may taste completely different, but all of these phenomena come from microorganisms chowing down on sugar and belching up some culinary byproducts. Erez Garty shows how your kitchen functions as a sort of biotechnology lab, manned by microorganisms that culture your cuisine.

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Why We Dunk Cookies in Milk

Like Romeo & Juliet or Batman & Robin, milk & cookies is a pairing that’s just meant to be. But what makes dunking cookies in milk so satisfying? To find the answer, we turned to science. Scientist, chemistry professor and certified dunking expert Matt Hartings breaks down the curious chemical composition that makes milk and cookies a universal favorite. Of course, we didn’t need science to tell us it’s delicious.

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A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through Manchester’s Musical History — THE SLIDER

A lot of the music I regularly used to listen to in my younger years came from the city of Manchester. Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays and Oasis all hail from this city. I would need a good few weeks to navigate the entire […]

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Water Seeds Not Stones


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20 October 2018.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Manchester’s Market Street, the shoppers, newspaper-sellers, musicians and street preachers, are the mobile vendors. Every inch of their wheeled carts is covered with phone covers, toys, gadgets and balloons, and the bright multi-coloured nature of their goods makes them hard to miss. We’re aware people are pushing the carts, but do we really see them?

Elmi Ali’s new show Water Seeds Not Stones is inspired by those anonymous on-the-move sellers. However while they tout cheap mass-produced tat, he proffers books and stories, and his character Mamamawodi isn’t going to get lost in any crowd soon.

Sporting a sharp three-piece check suit, sandals and rainbow-hued socks, he pushes a big wooden cart around the stage, its sides fitted with shelves to display his many books. With a strut in his step, he engages us immediately with salesman-like confidence.

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Video Game Designers Show the Carefully Orchestrated Movements That Bring Their Stop Motion Characters to Life

Vokabulantis is an episodic video game by author Morten Søndergaard, animator Johan Oettinger, and puppet animation studio Wired Fly. The team used stop motion to animate the two main characters—Kurt and Karla—which the player leads through a series of language-based puzzles. The intention of the interactive universe it to bring a tangibility to language, creating a space where users can interact with its form rather than merely read through static text on a screen.

The single player game is a mix between a point and click adventure and a puzzle-based platform, which allows the user to explore worlds while they complete brain teasers or tasks with the two main characters […]

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One Soldier is Enough to Shut Down the Brazilian Supreme Court

Notes from Brazil

In a video captured during a lecture to supporters on the 9th of July in Cascavel, the Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, said that one soldier and one rifle is enough to shut down the Brazilian Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will have to pay you will see. And if they have to pay you will see them attacking us. Will they have the same power as we do? The person who says this must be joking, if you want to shut down the court do you know what it would take? You do not even need one Jeep, you need to order one soldier with one rifle! But it is a mistake to say that, even one soldier and one rifle is too much.” Eduardo Bolsonaro said this in the video.

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Frankincense: How to Use Ancient Wonder Cure for Healing

Frankincense is famous for being one of the three gifts presented by the Magi to baby Jesus (the other two being gold and myrrh).Several thousand years ago, people knew how to use frankincense to cure several ailments. The ancient Babylonians and Assyrians are also believed to have burned frankincense during their religious ceremonies and Hatshepsut’s famous reliefs depicting the ‘Expedition to Punt’ show not only frankincense, but also the trees themselves being brought back to Egypt. Ancient civilizations understood how to use frankincense in rituals and for healing.

Frankincense and the Incense Route

Frankincense (also known as olibanum) is the dried resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, specifically Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carterii . These trees are grown in Oman, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa, and frankincense was one of the commodities that fueled the Incense Route . The status of frankincense as a luxury object, and its high value in the market during ancient times is understandable, considering the various ways in which it was used […]

Frankincense tree, Yemen. (Rod Waddington/ CC BY SA 2.0 )

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