Abertay University opening up new worlds with biggest ever Digital Graduate Show

Sophie North at work in the studio.
Sophie North at work in the studio.

Pioneering video game developers will be celebrated at the Abertay Digital Graduate Show next month.

The five-day programme of events will showcase the work of 150 final year student on the university’s internationally-renowned digital programme.

But will also feature a host of cultural, artistic and family attractions ranging from workshops to create 3D paper worlds and even a Minecraft sessions using bananas.

Students will display their visually stunning artwork and concepts for games, immersive sound projects and groundbreaking cyber security programmes.

The graduate show has been extended to make the 20th anniversary of Abertay becoming the first university to offer degrees in computer games and this year’s gala event will take place across all five floors of Abertay’s Student Centre.

A special “Game Changers” exhibition will celebrate former Abertay students who have gone on to become globally recognised leaders in the multi-billion video game industry.

The names of those included in the Abertay hall of fame will not be revealed until the graduate show’s opening night on May 5.

Curator Clare Brennan said: “Our students are putting the final touches to their ADGS projects and there is a real buzz around campus as we all prepare for our biggest show year.

“Including the Game Changers exhibition was our way of paying tribute to a small selection of the sea of talented graduates who have gone onto shape the games industry across the world.”

Students hoping to make their mark on the game industry this year include Sophie North, whose graduate show submission is a piece of concept art viewed through a cardboard device that turns a mobile phone in a virtual reality headset.

The 23-year-old, who is currently working as art director on a project with Disney, has used Google cardboard to create a fully-immersive world from scratch.

She said: “It’s a swamp scene environment and the story revolved around a scientist who has been looking for a swamp giant.

“You can put on this cardboard headset, slot in your phone and be able to see a digital painting all the way round.

“This is something that everyone can access and it’s basically turning your mobile into a VR machine.”

She added: “The great thing about Abertay is that you get to work with other people across so many different departments, so rather than working on your own in isolation, you get experience working with programmers, sound guys and developers, meaning you are a lot more practised in an industry environment by the end of it.”