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Alessia Borriello

BSc (Hons) Game Development

Studying BSc (Hons) Game Development has given Alessia Borriello the knowledge and skills to progress her career, while building on professional connections. We caught up with her to find out why her time at the University of Sunderland was so valuable.

Before I became a student, I always had a passion for videogames and technology. I hoped that one day I would be able to create amazing gaming experiences for others. I decided to apply to the University of Sunderland because I was looking for a career change that would combine my passion for the industry with opportunities for progression and personal development.

The University of Sunderland was a great choice to study higher education as I was close to my family in the area, and it was ideal to be at a university that allowed me to study what I wanted and be close to them as well. The Game Development course at the University of Sunderland provided the opportunity to learn more about the areas that interest me. Some of my friends who had previously studied there were very happy about their experience, which made me sure that this was the right place to apply to.

My favourite part of my university experience was the support the teachers gave me throughout the years, as well as the many learning opportunities that allowed me to express my creativity through games projects. I also had the opportunity to work as a PASS Leader during my second and third year, helping first year students to understand contents and study methods. This experience helped me learn a lot about myself, gave me more confidence in the subjects I was studying, allowed me to make friends, and improved my professional skills.

I would tell anyone wanting to study at the University of Sunderland to make use of everything the university has to offer and build on as many professional connections that you can. Studying what you love is very rewarding, but it also makes you face difficult challenges, so it is very important to have friends by your side that can help you through it. Academic staff are there to help too, so never be afraid to ask for support.

Now that I have graduated, I am hoping to enter the game development industry as a Gameplay Programmer, with the aim to one day reach a leadership position such as Project Leader or Producer.

Studying at the University of Sunderland is an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself while receiving guidance towards the career you want."

Published 31 July 2023

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