Inverallochy student looks to make it in the gaming industry

Steven-James Morrison, 21
Steven-James Morrison, 21

An Inverallochy student is looking to make a name for himself in the gaming industry after graduating form Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Steven-James Moffat, 21, graduated with a BSc (Hons) Computing (Graphics and Animation) degree last week.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil, who created his own video games as part of his final year project, also picked up the class prize for the course at the annual prizegiving of the School of Computing Science and Digital Media.

Steven-James said: “Studying Graphics and Animation I was fortunate enough to learn a broad range of topics that ranged from designing interfaces, creating games and programming software. This has opened up a large window of potential jobs for the future.

“When I first began studying Graphics and Animation I was unsure whether the course was for me or not as most of the classes in first year were not what I expected the course to be. However, having completed the course I am glad that I stuck with it as I have learned so much techniques and skills from the course and lecturers themselves that I will be able to carry on through into my professional career.”

Steven-James said that he found his final year particularly challenging as he set himself an ambitious target of creating his own video game.

“At the beginning of the year I was fairly naive and was unaware how much work and attention the project would eventually end up requiring,” he said. “I had to adapt into certain roles that would normally be covered by many different personnel within the video game industry such as game artist, animator and programmer.

“I was lucky enough to have covered most of these areas in my classes in the previous years. In addition to the project I still had to work on various course works for each class and revise for exams so nearer the end of the year it became quite stressful. However, the perseverance and hard work paid off in the end.”

Now that university is over, Steven-James is looking ahead to the future.

He said: “I’m looking forward to focusing all of my time into trying to enter the video game industry and further develop my game so that it could hopefully one day be published,” he said.