Hannah Roberts is a third-year Games Design student at the Brampton Rd campus in Carlisle. With a passion for digital texturing and an interest in teaching, Hannah shares her experience of studying Games Design at the University of Cumbria. Hannah talks about what inspired her to pursue Games Design, her favourite university experiences, and her future plans. She provides advice for those considering Games Design and shares her thoughts on the course's preparation for a career in the real world.

Hi, my name is Hannah Roberts and I'm a 3rd year Games Design student at the Brampton Rd campus in Carlisle. I have a love and focus on digital texturing, as well as currently exploring teaching!

What inspired you to get into Games Design?

After trying out fashion design, I discovered my true passion was in character design. I would design the outfits and then develop a character around them. It was during my experience playing the first Half Life that I fell in love with the game's environments, which sparking my interest in texturing, which is mapping textures onto 3D models. This ultimately led to me exploring the world of game design. When I got the opportunity to try my hand at game texturing, I completely fell in love with it and found that making rocks, look like rocks made me truly happy!


Image Left: Hannah's work showing her texturing skills on a 3D model supplied to her.

Why did you choose to study Games Design at the University of Cumbria?

I chose to study at University of Cumbria because after looking at a few other places like Birmingham, I found Cumbria to be more relaxed. From my first visit it felt like the right place for me. Back then, I wasn’t completely certain which aspect of game design I wanted to do, but this course offered a broad range of modules which is exactly what I was looking for.

What has been your favourite experience studying Games Design at the university, so far?

Sadly, for my first year at the University it was all online due to the pandemic! But since being able to enjoy campus life, I've particularly enjoyed the practical lessons and community feel within my class. In this last year, I've loved being able to explore my side passion for teaching and have given a few lessons to first-year students on the Games Design course!

What advice would you give to others that want to get into Games Design?

Drawing isn't the be all and end all. However, you do need to know the basics in order to understand other aspects. Not everyone will be a concept artist, but even the texture artists need to know the basics of drawing.

Also try everything with an open mind! You never know what you'll end up enjoying!

How is University life beyond your studies - friends, socials, accommodation/travel, etc?

Whilst at University, I have managed to make what I hope to be lifelong friendships. We constantly support each other and make sure we keep challenging one another. I'm beyond happy with the people I've met and friends I've made here.

What is student life like in Carlisle?

The local shopping is really nice with lots of local independent shops and eateries. I particularly enjoy the pop-up shops that happen in the Lanes. Although I’m not someone who goes out clubbing, I do know from my partner who works in a local bar, that the night life is very much alive and strong.

Top tips for people looking to do the same course as you?

Be ready for writing and theory, it is not all practical. While it may seem unnecessary, the theory really helps improve your understanding of what aspects to look at when designing, such as gender diversity.

If you’re not 100% sure about pursuing a career in game design, but are intrigued by the course, just go for it!

What are you planning to do with your degree after graduation?

I am planning on doing the Creative Practice Master’s at University of Cumbria. I want to hone in on my craft and build a solid portfolio. As well as continuing to consider my options in teaching or workshop making and delivering.

How is this course preparing you for your future career in the working world?

I think the course does a good job of preparing us. We've had lots of industry professionals talk to us and some look at our portfolios to give feedback. Obviously, nothing can fully prepare you, but I do think the course does its best at making sure we are ready and know all we can.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

The university is very lgbtq+ friendly, I have never felt so accepted as a poly pan person. My friend is nonbinary, and they have also made comments about how comfortable they feel.

I've also found that the tutors really care about you. You're not a number, you are you and your problems and strengths are known and worked with.

"You're not a number, you are you and your problems and strengths are known and worked with."

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