Rylan Taylor, 19, joined Carshalton College in September 2014 and enrolled on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Development Level 3. Rylan’s enthusiasm has shone through since joining the College and he has achieved distinctions for all his assignments. Following a change in his career, Rylan talks about finding a course based on what he loved to do as a hobby.
Rylan finished school at 16 and after enrolling a sixth form and changing to a sport course at College, Rylan completed his qualification as a Personal Trainer but realised it was not for him and looked for a new direction. As a hobby, he loved playing computer games and chose to study at Carshalton College after visiting an Open Event and talking to the tutors to see if the Games Development course would suit him.
The Level 3 course is 2 years and following completion of the course, Rylan is hoping to progress onto University. Here he talks about the assignments he has been involved with so far and what he likes about the course
“Our assignment based on Animation was making a minute long animation based on the theme Biohazard. It was a tough assignment because real-time film is twenty-four images a second. 24 x 60 seconds is 1440 frames total including having to edit multiple layers of the fore and backgrounds. But I really enjoyed the voice acting, recording explosions and having the freedom to go in any direction with only a few specifications to the brief. For this assignment we used Adobe Flash Professional.
In addition to the creative projects we also have business modules. 2 assignments have been based around business plans and explaining how we would sell a new game to it’s target audience through a marketing plan and presentation. The next creative assignment was based on skills required for computer graphics for tasks like generating posters and sketching character designs.
For one assignment we had to design a games character based on a pre-existing game. I chose the game: Dante’s Inferno and created an angel/demon divine entity. The project went through a developmental process, drawing the figure from all angles as you would need for a professional games character design.
My GCSEs definitely helped with the course from skills I learnt in: Fine Art, Design Graphics and Business Studies.
My favourite assignment so far has been based on 3D modelling. Our teacher Mike has been an amazing inspiration having worked on some blockbuster films such as Batman: Dark Knight Rises and Godzilla, and shown the skills you learn are both transferable between the film and game industries. My second assignment from him involved making a 3D environment. The trick is to think of an idea, make it as simple as possible and being able to design it in basic cubes and shapes, pulling at the geometry until it is what you envisioned. I designed a skyscraper in a courtyard on top of a mountain and added the dynamic of snow falling for fun.
As part of the course I have also helped promote studying Games Development at the Worldskills Show in London for the 3D model software company Autodesk. Representing the College we spoke to about 100+ people in one day explaining how we use the software and showing examples of our work to encourage young people to see the possibilities in this area, as a career path not just a side-line hobby.
I would say to anyone looking at studying games development, research the courses content to make sure you are interested in the majority of the modules and make sure it is something you’re going to enjoy doing because if it is, you will find yourself pushing for distinctions like me for fun.”
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Development Level 3 is a specalist games development programme with a strong design core, developed in conjunction with a leading games development company. It is nationally recognised by employers and universities and equivalent to 3 A Levels.