10th September 2001

 

GRADUATE LANDS JOB AS GAMES DESIGNER

 

A degree in computer game design from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has given one graduate a passport to a bright future in the industry.

 

Matthew Horsman graduated in July with a degree in Computing (Games, Simulation and Virtual Reality) and almost straight away landed a plum job as a game designer with Liverpool firm Magenta Software.

 

“It’s quite unusual for a graduate to go straight into a job designing games because there’s a lot of project management and responsibility involved,” said Matthew (21).

 

“I was quite surprised when I started work because I thought they’d be giving me lots of training, but in fact I’m one of only two designers and I’m involved very closely with the design of the new games.”

 

Matthew enrolled on the Games, Simulation and Virtual Reality degree at Cottingham Road in Hull three years ago as it is one of very few courses in the UK to feature computer game development.

 

“I looked around the country and there was only one other university doing games development,” said Matthew, who was among the first cohort to graduate. “The degree at ULH was one of the first in the country to emphasise games development, which meant that it was perfect for me.

 

“You get to learn everything about the industry and then specialise in your final year. I chose game design and it’s stood me in good stead for a job in the industry.”

 

Magenta Software has so far brought out two games for PC and PlayStation – ‘Eliminator’ and ‘Muppet Monster Adventure’ – and is currently working on two new

titles exclusively for PlayStation.

 

Visit the web site of Magenta Software at www.magentasoftware.com

 

Note: BSc (Hons) Computing (Games, Simulation and Virtual Reality) has run since 1998 and has recently been revalidated and given a new name – BSc (Hons) Games Computing (Software Development). Units include games design, game programming, modelling and animation as well as management and production aspects of game development.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk