On Friday 23 February, a group of local Year 9 students from The Weald School visited the UK’s largest games development studio, Creative Assembly, to have a studio experience day in creating immersive sound experiences.
During the day, the students recorded sound effects, foley, and had the opportunity to read scripts for voice recording and hear in-game changes, using one of the studio’s latest releases, Total War: WARHAMMER, as an example. They met the BAFTA-winning audio team and talked about the journey into the games industry.
Events, such as this, are a part of Creative Assembly’s Legacy Project, which was established to inspire and educate the next generation of games development talent. The UK digital skills gap means there is a skills shortage in games, and wider technology industry, which is likely caused by not enough students taking up science, technology, engineering, art and math subjects through college and university, and not enough students graduating ready to enter the industry. The school workshops Creative Assembly run aim to address this, in the West Sussex region and beyond, by inspiring and giving young people the confidence to go on to study relevant courses. The studio also supports the Digital Schoolhouse, which works with schools, including Millais, to improve computer science education, and BAFTA, who run a Young Game Designer competition across the UK.
Tim Heaton, Creative Assembly Studio Director and EVP of Sega Studios, explained: “As one of the largest UK game studios, we want to inspire future generations of game makers, through our school workshops and partnerships with national education initiatives, like the Digital Schoolhouse and BAFTA’s Young Game Designer.
“It is always heartening to hear, first-hand, that our work with schools is making young people and teachers more aware of the wide-range of professional opportunities available in the games industry.”