Of all the schools I researched, the University of South Wales’ Faculty of Creative Industries was the only one which offered the type of gaming programme I was seeking. I have a huge passion for gaming, and before the course started, I was looking forward to learning the ways of the game makers, as both an artist and a designer/programmer.
Although I have been in the UK for a few months now, I am still learning and adjusting to new processes related to my course, such as journaling my assignments. I have family in Cardiff, and so I’m enjoying their company, and I have even found a girlfriend!
The culture shock was surprisingly strong. Although I had visited Wales several times in the past, and I had my family here to cushion me, there were still a lot of subtle cultural nuances that emerged and caught me by surprise, such as the emphasis on socialising with friends and the strong nightlife culture, but I am really enjoying this social aspect of student life!
I really enjoy being able to study something that I love, and it has been a great experience for me so far. Sure, there’s a lot to learn, but I feel confident that I’ll succeed.
In my future, I am hoping that I can put my skills to use as an asset to a larger gaming company, as ambitious as Wizards of the Coast or Nintendo. There are many game ideas I would love to see brought to fruition. And if I can play a role in making that a reality, all the better.
If I had to give some advice to students from the US (or beyond!) who are thinking of applying to study at the University of South Wales, I would suggest they develop a strong sense of personal discipline and patience. It takes both to adjust to something new, and even more to get the most out of your course. I would also advise them not to be shy when discussing or negotiating with the Lecturers; the faculty of USW want to help you succeed!