Kyle Horwood, BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation, 2015
What are you doing now?
I’m doing a Masters in Games Development in Scotland, and I also develop and create my own indie games in my spare time.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
When searching for game art courses I looked around many places and Derby was ranked much higher than most other universities and so I felt I would learn more from there. The course taught me a lot and I met some great people, which has helped to spur me on.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
The Computer Games Modelling and Animation courses have core skills that are required when learning about video game art and because of that course my artistic ability was pushed. If it wasn’t for Derby and the course I feel I wouldn’t have got to where I am now.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
All of the lecturers on the course I had were fantastic, their backstories, lectures and help, inspired me to a level where I was working most of the time because I wanted to have an amazing story to tell just like them in the future.
I’ve learnt so much from them and each of them individually really helped push different parts of my artistic ability.
What are your future plans?
After University I’m thinking about starting up a games company of my own, or perhaps work for a games company somewhere in the UK to get myself some more experience in the games industry.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
If you want a course which is focused on video game art and sets a high benchmark and you want a challenge, then Derby Computer Games Modelling and Animation is definitely worth it. The University has some great facilities for the course, such as the labs which have duel monitors and up to date software.
The lecturers are also very good at what they teach and really care about the students.
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
I’m still in touch with many of my former lecturers, they always like to be kept up to date on students which is great.