Ellen works as a UI/UX artist for Playstation.
When I go to new studios I always know people through the connections I made at Animex - it's definitely made me feel at home in the industry.
It has to be collaborating with like-minded students – we worked in the computer labs all day and we created a community where everyone could learn from each other. This really prepared me for working in a studio where programmers and artists do this day in day out.
I also enjoyed my final year where I got to choose different coursework topics – I dedicated mine around user interface.
I worked in London as an art intern for Soho Productions, a Microsoft Studio. It gave me a proper insight into the industry and the chance to explore a range of job roles.
Yes I lived in King Edward's Square. I have lots of nice memories from my first year, even if it was a 13-person shared house which got a little chaotic at times!
Most of my time was spent in the computer labs but I did socialise in the Students’ Union for breakfast, lunch breaks and dinner. I also hung out in The Games Lounge and we went on group trips to Saltburn at the weekend.
I’ve worked in the games industry since graduating and I now work for Playstation as a UI/UX artist.
I was able to make lots of connections thanks to the Animex festival. When I go to new studios I always know people through these connections and it's definitely made me feel at home in the industry.