Ever wondered what makes our studios state-of-the-art? Take a look to find out what hardware technologies we use at Escape Studios for our undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and short courses.
At Escape Studios, our workstations use HP Z640 / Z6 models with dual Xeon processors, Quadro class graphics and at least 32GB of memory. Our setup means each workstation is capable of being used in Windows or Linux (VFX industry standard which has some other advantages in terms of applications deployment). This is the same class of kit used in industry.
"Designed, built and tested by NVIDIA, Quadro® desktop products are the #1 choice of millions of creative and technical users." - NVIDIA
It's massively important for digital artists to have consistent and realistic colors on their computer displays. That’s why at Escape Studios, we use EIZO ColorEdge CG277 monitors.
"With 99% Adobe RGB color space coverage, 10-bit simultaneous display, hardware calibration, this self-calibrating monitor is built to deliver optimal performance to professionals in printing, photography, and post production." - Eizo
We also have industry standard Wacom tablets that can be used as a full replacement for a mouse. They're usually used to achieve a more natural, artistic feel for tasks such as painting, sculpting or texturing, or anything that needs pressure sensitivity.
“Using a graphic tablet is as easy and as comfortable as using a pen, pencil or airbrush, as the case may be, and they are being used in more and more industries." - Techwalla
Oculus VR headsets
If you choose to study our BA (Hons) The Art of Video Games, you may get the chance to work on a VR project using Oculus VR headsets. These headsets will usually have a gaming class Geforce graphics card for compatibility reasons. Take a look at what this years students got up to during their VR project mentored by Framestore.
Working outside of seminars
We have a total of 7 large studios for all undergraduate students, and 5 smaller studios for postgraduate and short course students. These studios are currently open from 8am - 10pm on weekdays and from 10am - 6pm on weekends (please note that this is subject to change and studios may not be open on bank holidays etc.).
Choosing your own device
Although you’ll have plenty of time to come into the studio to work on your projects, you may also choose to purchase your own device that is compatible with what you’ll use in the studio. Please note however that this is not a requirement for your course.
At Escape Studios, we do not use Apple computers in the facility. However most of the applications we use have a version which can run on Apple devices - so in most cases you could work from an Apple machine at home.