Digital and Technological
UCA creatives focus on the potential transformative role of immersive technologies in Virtual Reality (VR), Extended Reality (XR), the gaming industry, and in the developing area of fashion-tech futures.
In fashion tech, UCA is transforming the smart textiles and e-textiles industry to become more ethical and sustainable through collaborative innovation projects between artists and technologists.
Supporting innovation, R&D and training in immersive storytelling, the project helps create and fund R&D projects with creative businesses in the Gateway Cluster and Greater London. StoryFutures Academy delivers cutting edge training in immersive technology and storytelling for the traditional screen industries nationwide. UCA is an academic collaborator alongside SME Valkyrie Industries, helping develop haptic gloves for immersive VR sculpting for artists. Read more about the project.
UCA Games Incubator Studio
The Games Incubator Studio supports selected entrepreneurial graduates to launch their first indie game to market. UCA Games graduates have gone on to work at many of the leading games industry studios, including SuperMassive Games, nDreams, Creative Assembly, Guerrilla Games, TT Games, Codemasters, Rebellion, TT Games, Hanger 13, Playground Games, SEGA, Two Point Studios, PlaySport Games and many other AAA, AA, iii and indie studios in the UK and abroad.
Home to courses such as MA Digital Fashion, UCA is a leading educator in the fashion sector. Students and industry partners push the boundaries of technology innovation and its intersection with creative couture. UCA was a primary consortium partner to apply for and win EU funding for the WEAR Sustain project (wearsustain.eu), which ran January 2017 - February 2019, and was focussed on transforming the smart/e-textiles industry to become more ethical and sustainable through collaborative innovation projects by artists and technologists. This European consortium of 7 partners was awarded €3.2 million. UCA received €110,000 to lead the artistic and sustainability dimension of the project.