Once again the Creative Careers team was pleased to be invited to celebrate the achievements of graduates in the School of Creative Technologies. We were really impressed to see how many former placement students won awards.
Best Placement Student: Jonathan Whitney, BSc (Hons) Entertainment Technology
Of course, we had to start with the winner of the Best Placement Student award. Eliana Lee-Gibbons, Industry Liaison Manager, Creative Careers, presented this award to Jonathan Whitney. Jonathan completed his placement year at Warner Bros as a Creative and Marketing Intern and is now working as a Creative Artworker at nDreams, the largest UK software developer to be solely focused on creating virtual reality entertainment content.
Articy:Draft – Best Game Design Award: Matthew Whitby, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
Matthew was a former Self-employment Placement Year student who set up and ran a computer games company, Broken Earth, with some of his fellow students. You can read about Matthew’s placement experience on our blog.
The Advanced Games Research Group Award for Best Game Project: Matthew Whitby, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, and Alberto Forgione, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
Matthew Whitby was back again but this time with fellow student Alberto Forgione to collect another award. A great start to the next chapter of his life!
The TIGA Prize for Entrepreneurship: Square Mountain
As you might expect the award for Entrepreneurship went to a former Self-employment Placement Year company, Square Mountain. The team of Computer Games Technology students consisted of Luke Amer, Robert Webb, George Phillips, Paul Power and Matthew Evans. They won a Gold pass to TIGA seminars and workshops. TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry.
IBM Award for Best Creative Technologies Project: Kieran Knight, BSc (Hons) Computer Animation
Ali Slater from IBM presented Kieran Knight with his award of £300 for Best Creative Technologies Project. Kieran spent his placement year working as a Digital Designer for Identity Consulting where he worked on various projects including being a technical programmer for an in house app that was being created for McLaren. We were really pleased to hear that Kieran is now working as a QA Engineer at Foundry, a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.
After the prize-giving ceremony, we moved across the corridor for some lunch before the students went to the Guildhall for their graduation ceremony.
Thank you to the School of Creative Technologies for inviting us to such a brilliant event.
We’d like to wish all Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries graduates good luck for the future. Don’t forget to keep in touch and join the faculty’s LinkedIn group.