Breda University of Applied Sciences
Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) is an international higher education institution with 7,700 students from over 60 countries. It is situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the city of Breda, only 100 km from both Amsterdam and Brussels. The technical professional bachelor's ‘Creative Media and Game Technologies’ programme offers ‘International Game Architecture and Design’ as a differentiated stream. We also run the one-year program: Master Game Technology.
Houdini as a development tool for procedural assets was introduced at BUas (then NHTV/IGAD) back in 2008 by Kim Goossens (senior lecturer from 2008-2014, currently Graphic Technical Director Ubisoft Montreal). Since 2014 Houdini content was developed by Zoran Arizanovic and Ronny Franken. Then NHTV developed a strong online presence with regard to procedural content generation and the use of Houdini in a game context. Since 2017, we have been organizing the annual Everything Procedural Conference, which is quickly growing and becoming one of main procedural events in Northern Europe.
BUas is effectively promoting the use of Houdini for game development and VFX with students and industry partners.
With Houdini being part of the BUas game development education from the beginning, the school has built up good understanding of procedural content development for games, as well as a good approach to introduce and teach students/young developers the power and use of proceduralism. BUas is recognized by major developers for delivering high quality procedural artists. Graduates have joined the SideFX internship program and are currently employed by major AAA studios. Most of the Houdini community probably knows and follows the work of a couple of our famous alumni: Anastasia Opara, Freek Hoekstra, Twan de Graaf and Paul Ambrosiussen.