Students create a virtual reality Christmas tree

18 December 2018

IT and Media students at Crawley College use cutting-edge technology and software to create a virtual reality Christmas tree, as part of the annual Christmas tree competition set by Principal Vicki Illingworth.

Students produced the virtual reality Christmas tree on Unity, a cross-platform game engine, with baubles featuring the students’ faces. To bring the immersive virtual reality experience to life, students exported their project to the Oculus Rift system and put on 3D headsets.

Crawley College Music students took one step further and created a Christmas tree made by sound effects and music only.

Dan Creed, Head of Learning for IT and Media, said:

“The competition was incredibly challenging and a great opportunity for the students to test virtual reality technology through the Oculus Rift. It was definitely a really fun, interactive and inspiring activity.”

Speaking to students in the IT Academy, they described the competition as “encouraging to think about projects in new and different ways.”

Liam Daley, Level 5 HND Media student, said:

“When you look at history, you can see the importance of how technology drives us forward as filmmakers.”

Crawley College continues to offer a modern and interactive learning environment, complete with an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses.

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