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Yngvill Hopen

MA Concept Art for Games and Animation

Yngvill's time at Teesside led to her setting up a company with her fellow students.

My time at Teesside made me more confident in my work, and got me started with my contact network, which has been invaluable in the process of getting to where I am now.

Yngvill Hopen

What was your course like?

My course was fantastic. I found all topics to be equally enjoyable as they provided insight into and practice of a wide variety of techniques and approaches. I was forced to look at challenges from new angles and directions and this really helped me grow as an artist.

What was the best thing about your course?

I found the small size of our class to be very positive. Everyone became very close and we frequently met up for extracurricular activities together. The visits from industry professionals were very inspiring, and the assignments and feedback they gave us were highly valuable for progression.

I enjoyed the freedom we were given within the assignments. I really feel we were given room for a very personal approach to each challenge, and I believe this helped push everyone just a little bit further. Our lecturers were open to having their minds changed, which I think is an incredibly valuable skill for a teacher.

Did you do any work experience?

I did freelance work alongside studying, which was quite stressful as it meant double the work load. However, our lecturers, recognizing that getting this kind of work was the reason we studied in the first place, gave me the freedom and flexibility I needed to be able to complete both my studies and my work. I'm incredibly grateful for that.

The Animex festival provided a unique opportunity to network with leading industry professionals and get feedback on my portfolio. Some of the people I've met through Animex have become very dear friends of mine, and they have in many cases been very direct influences on the direction and progress of my career, and of my company. It's also just a very enjoyable event, and I love coming back for it just to see all the great talks, and meet some of my returning friends.

What have you done since graduating?

When I graduated I started my company along with seven other students. I'm still running that company and we're in the process of releasing our second game.

Did your time at Teesside University help you to achieve your goals?

My time at Teesside made me more confident in my work, and got me started with my contact network, which has been invaluable in the process of getting to where I am now.


Photo by Petter Lønningen.