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Graduation stories - working at Rockstar North

15 August 2013

Timea Tabori studied undergraduate Computer Games Technology at Abertay and started work as an Engine Programmer at Rockstar North, home of the Grand Theft Auto series, before she’d even graduated.

We caught up with her recently, to find out more about her story.

From Hungary to Dundee

“I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in games. Back in Hungary, there were no universities offering relevant courses, so I knew I had to move country to achieve what I wanted.

“When I was 16 I moved to Ireland to finish the last two years of my school studies, improve my English skills and most importantly acquire qualifications that would be more easily recognised in Britain.

“During my final year at school, I had the chance to go on a one day ‘internship’ at Microsoft Ireland, where I met developers and could ask for their advice. It was there that I was recommended Abertay and its game development courses. I chose Abertay because I thought it would provide me with the experience and knowledge needed to pursue my chosen career.”

The best part of Abertay?

“How do you pick the one best part of what's supposed to be the best four years of your life at university? It really has been that for me.

“I've made many friends with whom I've travelled around Scotland and other countries, and I've collected great memories including working as part of the Student Ambassadors, teaching and captaining the Abertay Dance team, and participating in a number of game development events around the world.

“I have learned a lot inside and outside of classes and met many amazing people who all played a part in making my four years in Dundee really special.”

Securing a major job

“Abertay provides a great learning environment and a very well known and respected degree in games that most industry professionals will recognise. I feel I was well prepared for an exciting career in the industry.

“I have recently joined Rockstar North in Edinburgh as an engine programmer. I'm really enjoying it and my years at Abertay have helped me a great deal in achieving this.”

You can learn more about Timea’s course on the Computer Games Technology page.

Some places are still available for September entry for rest of the UK and overseas applicants. You can apply today on our clearing pages.

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