We’re not just about the traditional art at Cumbria. Our Games Design and Digital Arts courses are perfect for those looking to work in the computer games industry, with many graduates going to work in major games studios across the UK. That’s what attracted Anna to go for a Digital Arts degree.

“I’ve always been interested in playing games, and it interested me how they would actually be made. Prior to doing the course I didn’t have any skills in 3D modelling or anything, I didn’t understand the process, and it was part of that wanting to know how they do it that led me to want to do this course. Cumbria seemed to me to focus more on the art than the programming. So it wasn’t so much ‘you need C++ knowledge’, it was more like ‘we will teach you how to do the assets and the artwork’, which appealed to me more.”

If you are interested in creating the assets and the artwork, but you also want an over encompassing idea of how the pipeline works, from concept to completion, you get all of that here.

Being at Cumbria allows Anna to put the inspiration she draws from other games to good use. “I love Silent Hill, games like that. Any psychological thriller games are my particular favourites. Other than that you get to play with your own ideas as well while you’re here, and you use the references you take from other places to put forward your ideas as well.”

It's this idea that gave momentum to her final year project, about a girl investigating missing people on the grounds of her school. “As she goes along she begins to find evidence relating not just to the students that have gone missing, but from people over time who have gone missing on this land. As the story deepens, she finds out there’s an entity that exists on the land that’s a bit supernatural, and it’s more than she anticipated. I imagine that people would be happy to play it because it’s interesting, and it has a greater scope in terms of mysticism and things like that.”

Would you recommend Cumbria to others for this course? “Yes, especially if you are interested in creating the assets and the artwork, but you also want an over encompassing idea of how the pipeline works, from concept to completion. You get all of that here.”