NFTS Stories: “Studying at the NFTS has been invaluable to my career”

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NFTS Stories: “Studying at the NFTS has been invaluable to my career”

Laura Dodds – Games Design and Development MA Graduate

Welcome to our first NFTS story, a series of blogs featuring our alumni talking about where they were before they came to the School and where they are now (follow the series by using the #NFTSStories hashtag across Twitter and Instagram). Laura graduated from the Games Design and Development MA in 2017 and is now working in the games industry at Dream Reality Interactive. She was also nominated for the prestigious MCV Women in Games 2018 Rising Star of the Year – Development Award

What were you doing before applying to the NFTS? 

Before the NFTS, I studied Film and TV at Warwick and worked as an animation artist. I also spent a year in Costa Rica teaching and learning the difference between a howler monkey and a capuchin!

What are you doing now? I work at Dream Reality Interactive, an AR / VR games studio in London as an art director.  Most recently I have worked on Orbu - an AR game where you roll cute animals around a zen garden and Hold The World - a VR experience where you visit the Natural History Museum and have a one-on-one with Sir David Attenborough. Although I was nervous at the time, meeting Sir David Attenborough in person was a real career highlight and an experience I will always treasure. 

How has studying at the NFTS helped you in your journey to your current career? When I was younger it never occurred to me that I could have a career in games.  I had been aware of the NFTS for a long time (my Dad gave me prospectus for it when I was 14!) but I didn’t know about the Games Design and Development MA.  When I read about what the course was offering it just seemed like it had been designed for me.  Studying at the NFTS has been invaluable to my career.  It helped me develop a range of skills, experience and industry contacts as well as a creative mindset that has served me well in the games industry.

What advice would you give to an aspiring NFTS student? Studying at the NFTS was one of the best decisions I’ve made.  If you are inspired by the creative industries and want to progress your career then I think it’s a fantastic opportunity.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which film, TV boxset or video game would you take? I would have to take a Buffy the Vampire Slayer boxset - if I said anything else anyone who knows me would know I was lying!

Applications are open for the Games Design and Development MA until the 5th July 2018 – more info and apply at www.nfts.co.uk/games