With clear sights on studying computer animation at university, Victoria Herbert knew that the Games Development course at Wiltshire College was the ideal route.
The 17-year-old from Salisbury is currently studying the Level 3 course and said she hasn’t been disappointed, not only learning a wide range of skills to prepare her for a career in the gaming industry but also going on some “fantastic trips”.
Victoria said: “I love that the Games Development course teaches you such vast skills that then enables us as students to have creative independence.
“The freedom we have been given is fantastic and I believe that because of that the work we produce is to as high a quality as is possible.
“The added bonus is the amazing trips we have been on including the expo Eurogamer and that are tutors are knowledgeable and passionate.”
Victoria has been interested in gaming since she was nine-years-old and had her first Nintendo console and said she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in that area.
Now in her second year at college, she is enjoying working on her final major project, where students have to create a game which includes at least one playable level.
All Level 3 students enjoyed a trip earlier in the academic year to London where they visited the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums, to gain inspiration for their project.
Victoria said: “I love cats and so my game is based around them.
“The trip to London was perfect as I was able to look at lots of different sculptures of cats at the various museums.
“I did lots of sketches and illustrations and lots of research during the trip and am having a lot of fun working on my game.”
As well as enjoying her course, Victoria said she loves all aspects of college life, and in particular making sure others get the same experience.
She said: “I have been on the Student Union since I joined the College.
“It is a very fulfilling role and I like being the Entertainment Officer.
“I have learned so much and had so many positive experiences and it was fantastic to include on my personal statement when I applied for university.
“All round I have had a great time here.”