Meet the tutor: Anastacia France
‘The students have so many incredible ideas and unique talents!’
For your next installment of Meet the Tutor, it’s time to head to Birmingham to catch up with Games Design tutor Anastacia France. She tells us all about her career and how she is looking into using virtual reality for more than just entertainment!
Tell us a bit about you and your background
I’ve been developing games for nearly eight years now both within teams and by myself. I have gone from a Level 2 Games Design course to a Masters of Games Design. I find myself enjoying modelling characters most! Throughout my years of playing games, I have enjoyed competing competitively on both console (Halo 2 and Gears of War) and card games such as Yu-gi-oh. Nowadays I just find myself playing shooter games with friends.
What is your favourite thing about working with college students?
It’s brilliant working with the students. They have so many incredible ideas and unique talents, from 3D modeling skills to story creation. Something is always new. It’s incredible how much work games students do in their own time, developing their own mini-games using Unreal Engine 4.
What do you get up to outside of college?
Playing Overwatch in between watching insane amounts of Anime. I’m currently loving My Hero Academia. I am utterly gutted about Violet Evergarden ending. It’s a show I could constantly rewatch. I do spend a lot of time with my two pugs, Milo and Lola.
Anything interesting that you are working on at the minute?
I am currently looking into VR development – it seems like it’s where games are slowly pushing towards right now. I think VR is a brilliant platform. I’m hoping in future years it will be easier and cheaper for consumers with a different purpose, instead of mainly for entertainment purposes.
What advice would you give to students wanting to work in the games industry?
Keep practicing – you never get instantly good at something. A lot of people will be incredible artists and programmers – use them as your motivation. You can also learn a lot from books, not just ebooks, I mean real life books!
Anything interesting about you you’d like to add?
I would love to do a PhD in the future!