Graduation 2013: Gamers take their first step into industry
Faculty of Business, Computing and Law
A MAJOR UK computer games company has taken on four graduates from the same year of the University of Derby's Computer Games Modelling and Animation degree course.
Andrew Baigent, 24; Chris Edwards, 21; Adam Biddulph, 21; and international graduate Marco Maria Rossi, 23 – who will all graduate at the Derby awards ceremonies this week – were hired by Evolution Studios of Runcorn, Cheshire.
The company, founded in 1999, is part of global software and hardware giant Sony Computer Entertainment.
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Evolution Studios has created major commercial driving game series' successes, including World Rally Championship and MotorStorm.
It hired all four of the students from the Derby BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) course after they completed their degrees last summer. Ali Khalil, 25, who graduated from the CGMA course the previous year, was also taken on at the same time.
Andrew, originally of Worthing, West Sussex, said: "The contact for us all with Evolution Studios came through the academic staff on the Derby course. We were all given an art test and interviewed before being taken on at around the same time last October.
"It's great to get that first step into the games industry. We all work as 3D artists, creating three-dimensional models in a virtual space, which will feature in Evolution's next games title."
Adam, originally from South Staffordshire, added: "Evolution is giving us the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of 3D work and we're all learning a lot."
For more information about the University of Derby's CGMA course, visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/computer-games-modelling-and-animation-ba-hons. For BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming, visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/computer-games-programming-bsc-hons.