17 year old Chloe Tong from Erdington, has recently finished her first year of Level 3 Animation, Visual Effects and Games.
Chloe has always really enjoyed drawing, so when she was researching potential career options and found that the games industry is now worth more to the UK economy than video and music combined, she came to a South & City College open day to find out more. After talking to a tutor and finding out that what she would learn on the course would keep her career options open, she applied there and then.
Talking about what she has learnt in her first year she said, “Game design is more than just a story and art, you need to think outside of the box. It’s about bringing lots of complicated elements together, such as game play, gamer experience, rewards and challenges. You’ve got to keep players invested in the game.”
The course is not just about spending time in a classroom, Chloe got to visit a games convention at the NEC and got to see new games before they were officially released. “This trip made me fall in love with the course even more.” She explained. “I got to see people enjoying games and see the pleasure it gives.”
Chloe plans to go to university to study illustration, once she has finished her second year of the Level 3 course. After university she wants to build her experience and portfolio whilst working on her own projects as an independent developer.
When asked what advice she would give to those thinking of studying game design, she said “I would recommend the college to everyone, the tutors and facilities are great. I’ve really enjoyed my first year and am really looking forward to returning to complete my second year.”
A 2018 Ofsted report agrees with Chloe, saying, “Students studying games art use industry-standard software and develop appropriate technical skills.”
Inspired to study Games Development? Visit https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/games-development