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Student work draws crowds at Fusion

A recent exhibition of work by BA Animation students from Norwich University of the Arts on the Fusion screen in Norwich’s Forum has drawn increased footfall and enthusiastic compliments from the visiting public.

Students stand in front of the Fusion screen

Animation students answer audience questions at their Illusion exhibition

The series of animations were developed specifically for display on the screen, which is Europe’s largest permanent digital gallery, challenging the students to manage their time, build business skills and deliver content to a professional standard. The exhibition theme was ‘environment’ and was on show to the public for two weeks in March and April.

Fusion Manager Richard Fair said: “Every day without fail I heard nothing but praise for the quality of the animation, the overall concept and delivery from visitors who voted with their feet – coming back to see the show again and again. The unique nature of Fusion is a challenge at the best of times and what the students produced proved that they were not only prepared to rise to the challenge but to go further and provide a fantastic show that pushed our technology to the limit.

“Always at this time I get asked if there will be chance to do it all again. Partnerships like this are important to The Forum Trust and working with the talented and committed students and staff at NUA makes saying yes such a pleasure.”

The exhibition was included in a conference on new technology and climate change attended by delegates from across the business and cultural sectors, providing an opportunity for the students to present and discuss their work with representatives from commercial organisations.

NUA Lecturer Jodie Wick said: “This project was a fantastic opportunity for the students to create customised work for a non traditional platform – the Fusion screen is unique in its size and is Europe’s largest permanent digital gallery. The project has been invaluable in developing the students’ business and professional skills through working with clients, pitching ideas, working as a team and delivering incredibly high standard content to a strict deadline. This experience has been invaluable to developing the students’ showreels and CVs.”

The Fusion digital screen displaying student work to an audience

The Fusion digital screen displaying student work to an audience” title=”An animated curtain draws on the students’ first animated presentation

An audience watches the Fusion screen exhibition

An audience watches the Fusion screen exhibition” title=”Students sit with the audience to watch their work on the Fusion screen

Animated elemental sprite from the NUA Animation student exhibition

Animated elemental sprite from the NUA Animation student exhibition” title=”An element of student work projected onto the Fusion screen

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