I am Chief Executive of Augmentic Visualisations. I really enjoy 3D art and making animated sequences, but I haven't touched an art package in over 12 months. My life revolves around writing proposals, dealing with clients and managing their expectations, meetings with accountants, planning meetings, planning the next job and how we get it. We are planning to expand the current team of nine developers. I am also responsible for the hardware and software licenses, workstation preparation, contracts etc.
Without my degree it would have been virtually impossible to pursue what I'm currently doing. From learning the basic skills to the people I work with, they are all based on my degree specialisation. It's given me an insight into ways that I can progress our company, without going down the traditional route into video games. We get to work with video games technology every day, yet don't make video games.
After seeing other training establishments first hand, Abertay really is a world leading place to be. I always found the facilities to be first rate. Specialist equipment is available if required and with ample available for busier times, or when assessments are due. Many of the staff are highly experienced video games developers who are more than happy to pass on their knowledge. My initial interview for acceptance was carried out by Ken Fee, who is a legend in the video games industry. I was in awe. It was also an invaluable experience to have Dr Iain Donald as my team leader whilst working in the industry and as my mentor for my dissertation.
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