ACC and Condense Celebrate a Second Successful Tech Scholarship

In October last year, four Bristol creatives embarked on the second run of a unique, twelve week scholarship from innovative local tech start-up Condense, in partnership with Access Creative College and LocalGlobe. 

Over three months, the scholars were guided through a cutting-edge programme of study focused on bringing live events to virtual spaces through digital graphics, 3D modelling, real-time VFX, plugin integration and more. The gaming industry is a billion-dollar business, and continues to grow apace, with the gaming market worth over £400 billion in 2023. Gaming, and live events within games, are expected to be a key developing technology in coming years.

The Condense scholarship provided an opportunity to not only give home-grown talent a head start in an emerging industry, but also to help increase diversity in the wider technology industry, which is currently addressing a lack of women and people from minority backgrounds. There are signs of improvement, with Ofqual data showing a 17.8% increase in women studying A Level Computing between 2021 and 2022, and that “the tech industry has a higher proportion of BAME people (15.2%) than the labour market as a whole” (Prospects). However, there is still work to be done to ensure the future of the technology sector is both diverse and equal. 

Whilst a primary focus of the twelve-week programme was building virtual venues in game engine Unity and Condense’s own, bespoke product Studio 5, scholars also got to experience the company’s one-of-a-kind live events rig, used to capture performances to use in virtual events. 


Condense studio

The rig was also used as the centrepoint for the culmination of this year’s scholarship, hosting a showcase of the work produced over the programme. All scholars took to the stage and gave a demonstration of their finished pieces, talking about how they were created and their reasoning behind design choices. You can watch how they got on below:


The scholarship has been an incredible success, providing new skills in emerging technologies and opportunities to 9 intrepid young Bristol creatives. For more on Condense, visit their website.

And if you’d like to explore the exciting world of technology, check out our T Level in Software Development, currently accepting applications for September now!

Last updated on: 5th March 2024