Software

cgApprentice uses the very latest industry-standard hardware and software to power its classes, all of which are free for students and educators to download and use outside of the classroom.

Since the specifics of IT infrastructure and budget vary from school to school, it can sometimes be challenging for institutions to know how best to respond to the need for STEAM-based digital curricula. In order to operate within this mixed economy and remove the fundamental requirement for on-site hardware and software, cgApprentice provides several solutions for partner institutions.

Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. Continuously evolving to serve not only its original purpose as a state-of-the-art game engine, today it gives creators across industries the freedom and control to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds.

The Unreal Engine is used in several creative sectors, Computer Games, Architecture, Film and Television, Training and Simulation and Automative & Transportation.

Create cutting-edge interactive and immersive gaming experiences with the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform. Designed for teams of all sizes and titles of all genres, Unreal Engine is behind some of the most successful games of all time.

 https://www.unrealengine.com/

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process. Examples from many Blender-based projects are available in the showcase.

Blender is cross-platform and runs equally well on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. To confirm specific compatibility, the list of supported platforms indicates those regularly tested by the development team. 

https://www.blender.org/

arVEE is our virtualised computer environment, allowing students to immediately access virtual workstations on the cloud, reducing the need for costly IT infrastructure. In this scenario, we can provide a virtualised high-end workstation to the students at the touch of a button; all they need is a low-end Windows PC or Mac and an internet connection. 

The virtual environment can be run via a small application installed on the machine, or run via a internet browser, offering a secure environment that respects the need for privacy, safety and data security.

Our virtual environment spec is normally as follows:

  • Windows 10 Operating System
  • NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs for lightning-fast graphics
  • 16 or 32 GiB RAM
  • Cloud-based storage
  • Simple client or Internet browser access to our learning infrastructure
  • Safe and secure sandbox environment

With arVEE, partner schools can use their existing suite
of Windows PCs and Macs to easily and remotely access
cgApprentice’s fleet of high-powered workstations. These
workstations are optimised for intensive graphics work and
game development and come pre-installed with the latest
industry-standard software. 

arVEE can be accessed via a small downloadable client, or via your computer’s browser. To ensure a real-time experience, we advise a 5 Mbps connection.

From there, our classes and learning materials give step-by-step guidance on how to create complete 3D games, along the way covering a range of valuable topics and subject areas, from maths and coding to colour theory and design language.

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