Personal Statement

My burning ambition is to work in the CGI or games industry. I want nothing more than to become one of the best games designers the industry has to offer. I dream of the day my work is not only accepted, but raved about by the industry giants; Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. Obviously, before working for one of the big three publishers I would relish the opportunity to work as a team with an independent game developer, such as Smashmouth Games. I have spent a long time searching for the right course to advance my knowledge so I can achieve my goals and develop my skills in this competitive Industry.

I am looking to learn new techniques using programs like 3Ds Max and Zbrush, as well as improve my skill set in Photoshop, Maya, Unity, and Mudbox. A course in this particular field would help me further develop my understanding and skills techniques such as 2D and 3D Modelling, Animation, Digital Sculpting, Texturing, Rendering and Rigging, to name just a few, which will enable me to enter, what I consider to be the most exciting industry the modern world has to offer.

As well as learning the core techniques to industry standard and improving on my design skills, I realise understanding the industry itself and how it works is an integral part of the process. After reading your prospectus and attending your open day, I realise being amongst experienced professionals, still working in the industry, would put me in a very privileged position.

Being a late flourisher, due to a problematic birth, which left me slightly autistic and dyslexic, I struggled through my school years. Statemented throughout, I unfortunately did not get the support I needed at my Secondary School. Leaving with only one GCSE grade C in Art & Design, I decided if I was to improve my situation I would have to work hard. However, my choice of vocation was easy, as I am very interested with computer games, having played literally thousands of hours on numerous consoles, and had done so from as far back as I can recall.

Whilst studying for the BTEC Introductory Diploma course in Art, Design & Media, the course tutors noticed I had a distinct artistic flare, and although I did not need any encouragement to continue what I was doing, the encouragement was still much appreciated. After successfully passing the Introductory course with a Distinction, I went on to pass the BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design with a Distinction*. I am now more than half way through my BTEC National Diploma in Video Games and Animation; my predicted grade being a Distinction, Merit, Merit.

During my time at Tameside College I have studied a variety of valuable creative practices such as Ceramics, Clay Modelling, Sculpturing, 3D Design, Textile Design, Life Drawing, Printmaking, Painting and Drawing Techniques, Fine Art, Animation, Games Design and Computer Game Engines.

As projects set by my video games tutor are very time consuming, I spend a great deal of my spare time improving my work. Any spare time from that, I either spend playing the latest computer games, which at the moment include Dead Rising 2 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow, or going with my friends to the pictures.

If my application is successful I will bring a vivid imagination, strong technical skills and a determination to improve myself and my skills and to produce the best work that I possibly can.