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Com­put­ing stu­dent sup­ports Coun­cil to cre­ate vir­tu­al advent calendar


A Wiltshire College & University Centre student teamed up with Chippenham Town Council to produce a virtual advent calendar this festive season.

Harry Brown, who is studying the BSc in Computing, was asked to create 24 animations for the organisation's 'The Joy of Christmas' calendar.

In an initiative led by the town council, the local community were invited to submit a piece of artwork capturing what the joy of Christmas means to them.

In addition to appearing in the virtual calendar, the artwork would also be displayed in a town window trail, and each artist would receive their design as a Christmas tree decoration.

The virtual advent calendar is being shared on Chippenham Town Council’s social media platforms every day leading up to Christmas, with one of the chosen images being unveiled each day. The animations are posted alongside a quote from the artist representing what they enjoy most about the festive season.

Harry was invited to create the animations following a previously successful voluntary project he had completed with the council.

Harry, aged 21, said: “A few years ago I volunteered to create festive animations to showcase museum objects at Chippenham Museum, which due to its popularity, I was asked to continue. This year I was asked to design an animation as part of Chippenham Town Council’s community Joy of Christmas celebrations. I have really enjoyed working on these and it has been an amazing opportunity to develop my 3D art and animation skills.”

Harry progressed onto the BSc after completing the Foundation degree in Computing at the Chippenham campus which supports him to acquire the high level technical abilities and knowledge needed for the computing industry, as well as developing research skills to be innovative. Discover more about this course here.

You can check out the virtual advent calendar so far on Chippenham Town Council’s Facebook page, Twitter, or on Chippenham Museum’s Instagram.

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