College creatives find inspiration in music and games

Two groups of students on the Creative and Digital Media course, based at the college’s Alness campus, have been working hard to develop music and game projects to showcase their creativity.

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Tyrant’s Tale has a wealth of story development including dragon character design

The course, which is offered as part of the college’s Senior Phase programme, gives secondary school pupils in S4 - S6 the opportunity to get a step ahead with their chosen career-paths through a variety of study options including Foundation Apprenticeships, Highers, Degree and Vocational courses.

The college works closely with schools and employers in the Highland region to ensure courses provide relevant pathways to employment, training or further and higher education which allows pupils to learn valuable skills and qualifications to help prepare them for their future careers.

The course in NPA Creative and Digital Media; Technologies, Processes and Practices helps to develop knowledge and understanding of processes and disciplines in the creative industries sector.

One of the groups, consisting of Senior Phase students; Finley Atkins; Hamish Atkins; Michael Szulc; and friend, Lake Ramage; make up the band Glass Foxes.

The band, who’s influences include; Radiohead; Coldplay; and Fleet Foxes; released their album, How We See, via music download site Spotify earlier this year, spending their time at college rehearsing and planning.

The band told us “We spent most days of every week for around 3 months dedicated to this album. Planning, deciding on ideas, writing, and creating artwork.

“We decided on a concept album because we felt it can have more meaning than what a traditional album can offer. We hope to perform it live in the future.”

Another, creative, group of students from the course have been developing a Dungeons & Dragons style game during their time at college and have thoroughly enjoyed the process.

The game developers consisting of; Seth Rigby; Jake Newlands; Blaine Thomas; and Paulina Pranaitye; decided a game better suited their creative output.

The group told us “Since every other group were doing music related projects, we decided on creating an interactive story, which the lecturers really liked.

“Creating a game is quite a long process that has many factors to taken into consideration. It’s a bit like an elaborate novel”

The game which is called Tyrant’s Tale is set in a fantasy land featuring a team of adventurers named; Blossom; Deltoc; Kuronar; and Kelevar. participants take on the role of these characters and follow the story by answering a series of multiple-choice questions to progress through the game.

The group are very pleased with their progress and have thoroughly enjoyed their time at college.

“The college have given us plenty support and classes have allowed us to have a better understanding of the work involved in a creative project.

The group have no immediate plans to release the game to the public but are considering it for the future.

You can find out more information on the college’s Senior Phase courses by visiting www.northhighland.uhi.ac.uk.