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Graduation stories – Ellen lands her dream job

26 August 2015

Ellen Brown

One of the first games Ellen Brown ever played was Worms, and now she’s joined the company behind the hit as an Artist.

When she stepped across the stage at graduation to receive her BA (Hons) Computer Arts degree, Ellen already had her job at Team17 confirmed.

She had previously been a key member of the team who developed Strawberry Thief, the iPad game designed by Sophia George, the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence.

That project also saw Ellen’s artwork cover the side of a bus for V&A Dundee’s first touring exhibition, Design in Motion, which travelled across Scotland and welcomed over 10,000 visitors. 

Design in Motion main

We caught up with Ellen after graduation to hear about her successes at Abertay and plans for the future.

How does it feel to secure such an exciting position straight out of university?

“It’s really exciting to be able to work for such an established company straight of university. Team17 is known for creating the Worms franchise which was one of the first games I ever played so it feels amazing to know I’ll be part of that!”

How did Abertay help prepare you for this job?

“Through Abertay's curriculum I’ve gained extensive experience working in teams and have taken part in competitions such as game jams and Dare to be Digital that have helped me to develop my skill set in game development.

“Last summer I was also given the opportunity to work on the V&A project which has given me industry experience before even graduating.

“I also received lots of the incredibly helpful feedback from my lecturers whilst developing the CV and portfolio that got me my interview for the company.”

Do you have a message for students starting university this year?

“If you are passionate about game development and work hard, Abertay can offer you all the support and opportunities you need to break in to the industry.”

To find out more about Ellen’s degree, please visit the BA (Hons) Computer Arts page.

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