Su, from Izmir in Turkey, chose a postgraduate degree at UAL after researching a range of courses offered across Europe and the USA. She applied to MA Games Design at London College of Communication to develop her creative and design skills and to explore a concept she's fascinated by.
"I've always been fascinated by the concept of play. While I was working in brand management, I had the opportunity to initiate a mobile game project. I really enjoyed the experience of making a game and I found myself emotionally involved with the project. I was working on the administrative side of things and I wanted to work on the creative side as well but I didn’t have the design experience, so I decided on a postgraduate course to learn more.
After researching Masters degrees in the games industry in the USA and Europe, the MA Games Design course at UAL appealed to me because it was a practical course rather than a theoretical one. It's based on learning by making and it's not too broad, which means I can focus specifically on games design rather than having business or digital art modules on the side.
I’ve now gained experience in designing games and have a greater understanding in this medium. I've learned to examine a games experience both holistically and in detail. I've also developed my technical skills for using Unity (software) and C# coding.
"The highlight of my time at UAL has been both the freedom and the help we get as students."
The MA course gives me enough freedom for working on games and topics I’m interested in. At the same time, I feel comfortable as we’re able to have one-to-one tutoring during classes."
"I like that London College of Communication has a library full of really interesting books on a variety of topics and I found the library collection motivating and helpful during my studies. I also enjoyed prototyping in the wood workshop and 3D labs. It really helps me to think through physical objects while designing games. Having the Stanley Kubrick archive is also pretty cool and inspiring.
"London is an open-minded and vibrant city full of welcoming people. There are always cultural activities to attend every week, and every neighbourhood has its own unique personality."
The city (and the College) is very well-connected, which makes it convenient to get out and see new shows, exhibitions and discover different corners of the city. I regularly visit the Royal Academy of the Arts to see exhibitions and I also like to see ballet recitals and jazz concerts.
My advice to anyone thinking about postgraduate study is to think thoroughly about the area of study you'd like to focus on. You need to think about whether the topic really fits your personality and abilities. Then, when you're certain, look into the course programme, the method of teaching and the tutors on the course. Once you start, work hard and use your time on the course to learn as much as you can. Take advantage of the environment and guidance."
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