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The Grads in Games Conference 2021

About this event

The Grads In Games Student Conference is back for 2021 as part of Games Careers Week, with a lineup packed with games professionals talking to you about life in the games industry! Including in-depth discussion on what first roles are really like, how future game technology will influence the skills you need, glimpses behind the scenes on how leading games are made, and how to develop and improve your own ideas and approaches towards game development.

Every talk will be accompanies by a Q&A, this is your chance to speak directly to people who have been there and done it and ask them anything you want!


Conference Schedule

SESSION 1

10:00 Welcome to the Grads In Games Conference!

Grads In Games Team


10:15 The Art of FallGuys: Ultimate Knockout!

Alexander McKinney-Raphelt, Art Director, Mediatonic


11:00 An insight into developing a career in the games industry

Jessie Thomson, Animation Programmer, Cloud Imperium Games


11:45 Impostor Syndrome - Infiltrating the Workplace

Zoe Sams, Tools Programmer, Rockstar North


12:30 GIG Masterclass: How to build a CV for graduate jobs in the games industry

Andy Driver, Operations Manager, Grads in Games

SESSION 2

13:30 Unreal for next generation gaming

Mark Flanagan, Education Partner Manager, Epic Games


14:15 Conscious Character Design

Lucy Kyriakidou, Art Director + Freelance Artist


15:00 Finding the Fun without Falling Flat!

Sitara Shefta, Head of Studio, No Brakes Games


15:45 The Creative Process

Fawzi Mesmar, Head of Design, EA DICE

SESSION 3

16:30 The importance of soft skills and how they are strengthened through diversity

Hannah Bradshaw, Senior Production Coordinator, Rockstar North


17:15 How to create a perfect animation showreel

Diana Donado (Animation Director) & Chris Tuck (Junior Animator), Starbreeze Studios


18:00 The power of networking & an insight to starting your own indie games venture

Max St Hill, Taylor Campbell & Yasin Ali, Founders of Orthors


18:45 Conference Review & Chat

Grads In Games Team


19:00 Close

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    Fawzi Mesmar Head of Design @ EA DICE

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    Sitara Shefta Head of Studio @ No Brakes Games

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    Jessie Thomson Animation Programmer @ Cloud Imperium

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    Dan Dudley Community Manager @ Grads In Games

    Hi, I'm Dan, I run a lot of the things behind the scenes at Grads In Games & with our Search For A Star gamedev challenges.

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    Orthors Ltd

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    Diana Donado & Chris Tuck Animation Director @ Starbreeze

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    Hannah Bradshaw Rockstar @ Senior Production Coordinator

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    Zoe Sams Rockstar @ Tools Programmer

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    Alex McKinney-Raphelt Studio Art Director @ Mediatonic Games

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    Andy Driver Operations Manager @ Grads in Games

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    Lucy Kyriakidou Freelance Artist & Art Director

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    Mark Flanagan Education Partner Manager @ Epic Games

Grads in Games

Helping more graduates make the leap from student to professional developer

Improving the link between the games industry & academia. Help & advice for students on how to find and prepare for jobs in the games industry.