Kingston College (ENG)
"CINEMA 4D is often the reason students come to us in the first place"
Kingston College started teaching Release 5 of CINEMA 4D in 1999 as a visualization tool to 16 to 18-year-old product design students. Focused on keeping the curriculum abreast of new technology, Kingston swiftly rolled out the use of CINEMA 4D across a range of courses.
Today, Kingston College teaches CINEMA 4D at degree and lower level courses. CINEMA 4D Studio is a central piece of software taught throughout all areas of the BA (Hons) Digital Arts Degree course, from games design, where CINEMA 4D is used together with Unity, to create visual effects, where CINEMA 4D is combined with SynthEyes and Adobe After Effects. According to Mark Owen, program leader, BA (Hons) Digital Arts Degree course, CINEMA 4D is a magnet for attracting students to Kingston: "CINEMA 4D is often the reason why our students come to us in the first place. They love CINEMA 4D. One of its greatest features is its depth. There is always another area or skillset in the software waiting for our students to add to their arsenal of tools."
Deep Yet Easy to Use
Relatively easy to use and packed with powerful features, CINEMA 4D helps students get going in 3D then push themselves using the latest state-of-the-art 3D features, such as industry-leading motion graphics tools. "It was simple to get to grips with when we started the course, but as our knowledge of how to use CINEMA 4D progressed we could really push CINEMA 4D to its limits, in our eyes at least," confirms Josh Minh Bui. Shkelzen Kernaja adds, "I love CINEMA 4D. It's very versatile. I have yet to hit something I need to do that it can't do." "The key thing is how easy it is to learn, yet it retains the depth of features I want. I'm always learning cool new things," says Govinder Gabria.
New Version, New Challenges
Almost every year since its creation there has been a major feature-packed release of CINEMA 4D. The latest additions to the character animation toolset in CINEMA 4D R13 have not gone unnoticed by Kingston. "We are particularly excited by the expanded character tools and look forward to developing that aspect of our course further," states Mark enthusiastically.
Kingston College: www.kingston-college.ac.uk