A Games Development student has made his first steps on the career ladder whilst still being in full time education.
Ben Peters impressed Salisbury company SuperframeVFX so much that he is now working for them as a 3D modeller alongside completing the second year of his Level 3 course.
The 17-year-old said: “My role involves 3D modelling, texturing and applying materials to 3D assets.
“The project I am currently working on is a drone safety animation for new drone owners and I am really enjoying it.”
After completing his GCSE’s Ben said none of the courses offered at sixth form appealed to him.
“I felt like I wanted to specialise straight away in a subject that interested me.
“I was an avid gamer throughout secondary school, but had a strong interest in programming and web design, which ultimately led me to start the course I am currently on.
“The course appealed to me because I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do within the industry and it covers a wide range of topics.
“We have undertaken lots of work experience at industry level which definitely helped me make the transition into employment and we are also taught methods and software currently used in the industry.
“The tutors are also excellent, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and have links to the industry locally.”
The highlight of Ben’s first year at college was taking part in a live project with the Salisbury Arts Council.
“I particularly enjoyed recreating the Cathedral library as part of the Salisbury Cathedral project, which is not openly accessible to the public or the mobility impaired, in a virtual format.
Ben, from Pimperne in Dorset, has just started the second year of the course and said he looks forward to the challenge of designing and creating a new game.
Games Development lecturer Emilio Di Pietro said he was delighted that Ben had gained employment with a local company.
“Providing real live projects have certainly impacted on our students’ confidence in their skills and ability, he said.
“From day one, Ben has worked extremely hard.
“He is driven and responded to all tasks with maturity and professionalism, completing the first year with two distinction star grades.
Games Development students can now progress onto new HNC/HND Computer Games Animation courses, enabling them to further their knowledge, understanding the needs of the creative media industries.
To see Ben’s work, visit his website - http://www.btpeters.com/.