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WorldSkills 2016 success for London animation and games design student

Friday 16 December 2016

Westminster Kingsway College student Avalon Do was awarded the silver medal at WorldSkills UK in the Games Development competition, which took place at the LG Arena National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.  

Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Focusing on the highest UK and international standards, employers and training providers can use the activity to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programmes.

Avalon, who is currently studying an Extended Level 3 Diploma in Animation & Games Design, worked her way through three levels of the contest against 80 competing students from colleges across the UK, before making it down to the last 10. Her final challenge, set by games design studio Codemasters, was to create models for a mobile racing game with limits on time and polygons used.

 

Avalon said: “When I heard my name called I was really surprised because the competition had been of such a high standard.

“The whole experience has been very good for me because I now feel so much more confident in my skills.

“Dealing with all the challenges we were set during the different levels of the competition helped me pick up new skills and sharpen my existing ones and that is what makes WorldSkills a great experience.

“Winning my silver medal will be the highlight of my time at Westminster Kingsway College.

“We learn independently and adapt the skills that our lecturers teach us. After College I would like to study VFX.”

Ade Anwar, Westminster Kingsway College Games and Animation Lecturer, said: “Avalon is a talented learner who is used to working on industry style assignments with time constraints and a high level of games artistry. When visiting her during WorldSkills she looked methodical and calm. We are all very proud of her achievements and believe she is more than ready for entering the games industry.”