Two graduates who secured roles at a Sony Computer Entertainment studio in the Netherlands have flown back to the UK to receive their degree awards at the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) graduation ceremonies in Ipswich.
Joseph Kinglake and Luke Botham, who both completed the BA (Hons) Computer Games Design course, were recommended to Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam by parent company Sony Computer Entertainment after impressing on internships supported by the course at UCS.
Joseph, who is now a full-time Games Designer at Guerrilla Games, explains how the opportunity arose: “Initially I and a team of three other UCS students entered Brains Eden, a games jam which students can enter to create a game in 48 hours based on a given theme. We ended up getting second place which resulted in us receiving internships at Sony Guerrilla Cambridge working in our chosen roles on the recently released Killzone: Mercenary. After completing our internship at Sony, they recommended us to their sister studio in Amsterdam for a second internship.“
Lecturers on the BA (Hons) Computer Games Design course at UCS come with industry experience themselves and understand the importance of internships for students during their studies.
Rob Kurta, Course Leader, said: “We are absolutely delighted to recognise the achievements of both Joe and Luke it is testament to their hard work and commitment on the course.”
Luke said of his experience at UCS: “The course was able to adapt so that the internships didn’t hinder my studies which I am incredibly grateful for.”
“My advice for others going on to university is to be pro-active and build up a portfolio or experience in what interests you. I look back and think how I used to dream about going to a games studio; now I work at one.”
Joseph and Luke both received their degree awards at the UCS Graduation Ceremonies held in Ipswich today where Auschwitz survivor and inspirational speaker, Frank Bright, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.