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Games Design students set to showcase their skills in international “Rising Star” competition

Students studying in Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Academy benefit from working with a range of high-profile employers during their time at the college, with those enrolled on the college’s exceedingly popular Level 3 Games Design & Animation course recently having the rare opportunity to compete in the Rising Star competition by Grads in Games.

This competition is one of the gaming industry’s largest game development challenges for students and has been made in collaboration with leading studios and game developers to replicate elements of the recruitment process in the gaming world. It welcomes students specialising in programming, design, 3D art, animation and VFX to showcase their abilities and have the opportunity to enhance their creative portfolios.

The college’s students were keen to get involved, entering various categories to suit the preferred specialisms that they have developed during their time on the course, including 3D character and environment art, game design and games VFX.

Ellis Jones

Level 3 Games Design & Animation student Ellis Jones, who joined the college from Padgate Academy, has designed an entry for the ‘Environmental Art’ category which will showcase his passion for 3D art, as well as the skills he has learned so far on his course. Hoping that his work has what it takes to be shortlisted, he said:

“I am really happy that I have had the opportunity to enter the Rising Star competition. The brief that has been set is a great challenge because it simulates an actual task that I would do as a professional in the games design industry. I aspire to be a 3D artist in the future so I am looking forward to adding what I create for this competition to my portfolio.”

Another entrant and former pupil of Penketh High School Katelyn Tickle, has created an intriguing and technically challenging character to submit to the competition. Driven to achieve her dream career as a character artist, Katelyn knew this was an opportunity too good to miss. She said:

“The Rising Star competition is just one of many chances I’ve had to work with industry professionals and employers during my course. The competition is the perfect way to showcase my work before even entering the job market. I am really keen to raise my profile as a character artist and hope that I can secure a role with an industry-leading studio after college.”

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This competition presents an incredible chance to engage with a live project set by industry professionals, while also offering exceptional networking prospects for students. The top-performing students will have the privilege of participating in a final mock interview conducted by industry experts, including big names from the likes of Aardvark Swift, d3t and key college partner 10:10 Games.

On top of invaluable industry exposure, the winners can look forward to receiving impressive prize packages featuring cutting-edge hardware and software to help them further develop their craft, as well as games and merchandise from exclusive Grads in Games partners.

The number of entrants from the college's popular Level 3 Games Design & Animation course puts Warrington & Vale Royal College in the competition's top 5 FE Colleges, with 13 individual students submitting their best work in the hopes of winning their category and gaining exposure for their incredible creations.

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