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GAP YEAR PROGRAM

GAP YEAR PROGRAM

At United Mint Campus, you work on real world projects for local and global companies – supported by bootcamps, workshops, mentors, and peers.

Depending on your interests, you may work on developing social media strategy for a start up, designing a 3D model for an inventor, or developing a budget for a film festival.

At UMC, you will have the opportunity to experience different types of projects. Your mentors will help you develop your mission and reach your goals.

PROGRAM DETAILS

PROGRAM DETAILS

CORE PROGRAM

  • Real World Projects in our Project Incubators
  • Coaches and Mentors
  • Skills Bootcamps
  • Interactive Language Courses
  • Local and Regional Excursions and Activities
  • Student Apartment Housing
  • On-Campus Athletic, Fitness and Spa Facilities
  • A Bike!

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

  • US & UK University Courses & Certificates
  • Short Courses in London
  • United Mint Team Cycling
  • Fine Arts Program
  • Professional Culinary Courses
  • Surfing & Climbing Courses
  • Single Occupancy Housing
  • Meal Plan

APPLICATION
STATION

Are you looking to innovate, engage, and make an impact?
Apply for Gap Year here!

CAMPUS LIFE AND
TRAVEL LIFE

CAMPUS LIFE AND
TRAVEL LIFE

You will be in a beautiful safe place that gives you easy access to the wonders of Europe. Seize the day!

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PROJECT INCUBATORS

PROJECT INCUBATORS

You get to choose which kinds of projects you’d like to explore. This way you get to test drive what it’s like to work in an industry before you spend 4 years in class just learning about it.

3D DESIGN + DEVELOPMENT

EXAMPLE PROJECT

“GAMING, VR, and VISUALIZATIONS”

Create libraries of objects and characters for gaming and VR solutions. Video games and real time solutions need extra content to offer a more realistic, interactive experience that engages your sensations. A specific modeling method is needed to allow 3D Real Time engines to manage all the polygons in the scene.

Create environments for Light+Fluid+Physics simulation. Creating environments for Physics simulation is necessary to test simulation solutions. Realistic simulation requires virtual reproductions of real sceneries.

SAMPLE PROJECTS

  • Character creation and set-up
  • Motion capture
  • Cinematics
  • Engineering visualization
  • Prototyping
  • Game engine programming
  • Game engine development
  • Merchandising
  • Custom parts

WORKSHOPS

  • Autodesk 3D Studio MAX
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Dassault Systems
  • Solid Works
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • Unreal engine
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Blender
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Sketch Up
  • Unity 3D

KEY SKILLS DEVELOPED

  • Modelling and optimization
  • Texturing (diffuse, alpha, normal, specular, tile, decal and shaders mapping)
  • Export and testing in 3D real time engines
  • Set-up objects for animation
  • 1:1 scale model creation in 3D of buildings and landscapes
  • Use real topography data to generate 3D models
  • Use clouds of points and curve data
  • 3D modelling from scratch
  • Write basic scripts to automate exports and conversion processes
  • Configure render engines and automatizing render process

APP DEVELOPMENT

EXAMPLE PROJECT

“VIDEO PLAYER APP”

The scope of this project is to create a branded video player app that will be able to stream videos from our client’s servers. The app will require a user to login and will have a curated list of videos available based on the user's profile.

The app will enable a user to browse or search through a list of available videos. The user will also receive notifications when a new video is available for his or her account.

Once the user selects a video, it will play in the video player in fullscreen mode. Here the user will be able to play, pause and seek the video. The user will also be able to change the bitrate of the streaming video.

In addition to streaming the user will be able to download a video which will enable offline viewing of that video.

All the information about video bit rates, durations, and sources will be provided via an SMIL xml file from the server.

SAMPLE PROJECTS

  • Game design
  • Creating mobile games with Unity
  • UI design
  • Skeletal animation for games
  • Designing a data visualization
  • Scripting with C#

WORKSHOPS

  • Javascript, HTML
  • CSS, Python, C++
  • Visual Studio, Sublime
  • Atom, WebStorm, Java
  • C#, Python, Ruby
  • .Net, Django, Rails

KEY SKILLS DEVELOPED

  • Front End Development
  • Back End Development
  • User Interface Design
  • Information Design
  • 2D/3D Artist/Animation
  • Game Design

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING AND DIGITAL PRODUCTION

EXAMPLE PROJECT

“ONLINE TOY STORE SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING”

The scope of this project will be to create strategy and assets to ensure consistency in established brand messaging for an online toy store. You will create a tweet-a-day campaign and execute blogger outreach campaign inviting industry to experience and review products.

The team will use HootSuite to create lists, bulk upload and track Twitter campaigns and use Latergramme to schedule Instagram posts. You will learn to use SocialBro and Unfollowers to monitor best time to tweet and analyze follower retention and churn for a gossip blog.

SAMPLE PROJECTS

  • Create a brand identity for local restaurant
  • Create Target Market analysis for new-to-world magazine
  • Support product launch or line extension efforts
  • Creation of YouTube Channels and campaigns
  • Adaptive re-use of existing digital assets
  • Create a digital/online version of a print magazine
  • Record live acts for an online concert series
  • Create marketing materials for Film Festival
  • Develop the assets for a food photography Instagram campaign
  • Build a database of photographs for use in tourism campaign

WORKSHOPS

  • Brand Essence Wheel
  • HootSuite
  • Latergramme
  • MS Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Iconosquare
  • LinkedIN
  • twitter
  • Facebook
  • SocialBro
  • Unfollowers
  • Apple Keynote
  • Garage Band
  • Pro Tools

KEY SKILLS DEVELOPED

  • Establish program brand personality and key benefits.
  • Inventory and assessment of existing brand assets.
  • Assess demographics, consumption behavior, media use, and purchase behavior.
  • Create strategy and assets to ensure consistency in established brand messaging.
  • Determine which social media outlets are most beneficial to raise brand awareness.
  • Research and document brand/target-relevant keywords, content, industry events, influencers, publications.
  • Create an editorial and messaging calendar for social media activation.
  • Use third-party web design tools.
  • Create WordPress blogs for specific programs.
  • Create video and audio for educational videos.
  • Use fast-editing tools for rapid promotional content creation.
  • Storyboard and film interviews for online marketing and informational programs.

APPLICATION
STATION

Are you looking to innovate, engage, and make an impact?
Apply for Gap Year here!

GAP YEAR
FEES & DETAILS

GAP YEAR
FEES & DETAILS

CORE GAP YEAR PROGRAM COST

INCLUDED WITH GAP YEAR FEES

  • EXPERIENCE

    Real industry projects.

  • SKILL-BUILDING SESSIONS

    Industry & soft skills workshops.

  • Immersive Language Courses

  • GUIDANCE

    Personalized management, mentoring, and coaching. You will leave UMC’s Gap Year with achievements and move forward goals for your future.

  • FITNESS

    Complimentary access to on-campus gym, pools, sports facilities, spa.

  • Gap Year Orientation

    Gap year orientation and skills bootcamp.

  • Bike

    A bike for your use during the Gap Year program.

  • Entertainment & Culture

    Weekly, free or low cost, activities based on the season which may include: surf trip to the Basque Coast, Pyrenees ski trip, Bilbao museum and architectural city tour, Vitoria historical tour, cooking class, La Liga soccer game, Laboral Kutxa basketball game, Rioja cycling tour, Pamplona festivals.

  • Arrival Transfer

    Group pick up at the Bilbao airport and transportation to the campus.

DETAILS

  • Projects

    Gap Year Projects will be led and managed in English. Language courses will be available upon request (but are not included in this program’s fees).

  • Transportation

    At United Mint Campus, EVERY STUDENT GETS A BIKE for use while on the program. The medieval city center is just a 10 minute bike ride away. Public transportation is also readily available all around Vitoria.

  • Additional Costs

    Meals, airfare, insurance, passport/visa fees, and personal expenses are not included in the Gap Year program fees.

  • Housing (Priced Separately)

    Premium on-campus housing in 2-bedroom apartments with a living room, kitchen, and a terrace. Single & shared bedroom options are available. On-campus housing is mandatory for Gap Year students.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Age

    Gap Year students must be at least 18 and interested in experiencing an exciting and vibrant international working and learning environment.

  • Minimum Education

    High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Passport

    Studying abroad requires a valid passport. Work on getting yours now!

  • Insurance

    You must have insurance to attend this Gap Year program.

NOMINATION
STATION

Would you like to be part of the Build It With Us team? Get nominated for a scholarship!