Florian came from Germany to study at Teesside and now works as a lead effects artist with Yager Development in Berlin.
BA (Hons) Computer Games Art
What drew you to study Computer Games Art at Teesside?
I had a computer science degree from my German university, and a passion for computer games and the new media in general. I wanted to get more into the art side of things with a video games art course, opening up a large number of possible careers within the entertainment industry. Internet research showed various schools throughout Europe. I ended up picking England because of the language and Teesside because the course has a heavier focus on art . The low cost of living in the North of England played a role as well.
Best parts of the course?
The more art-centric and creative courses that allowed a lot of freedom in the course work – life drawing, level design, various modeling and texturing assignments which left enough room to put in some of creative thinking of my own. In my final year project my tutor supported everything that made sense, made very sensible suggestions regarding mistakes, and helped me prepare a portfolio piece that eventually allowed me to get a job.
What about your social life?
I was fortunate enough to fall in with a group of friends that shared the same passion for creating art and spending lots of their spare time doing so. The remaining time resulted in some absolutely fabulous evenings with like-minded people, spent on shared hobbies and interests related to the industry. I also enjoyed a few short trips to Durham and York (which were lovely).
What are you doing now?
I’m a lead effects artist with Yager Development in Berlin – just exactly where I want to be