University of Bolton welcomed Mark Wherrett a Senior Designer at Clever Beans at the end of February to lead a guest lecture for second-year Game students.

Clever Beans, a video games developing company have created exclusive games for PlayStation, and have previously employed Games Art graduates from the University of Bolton.

Providing real-life insight into the games world, and advice to gaming talents at the university. Mark shared tips and offered portfolio support to the students, in the hope this will help their future career.

The guest lecture was organised as part of the Games Employability module that takes places in all three undergraduate Games programmes; designed to equip students with essential skills needed for graduate roles.

Mark was impressed with the university’s facilities, commenting “I was blown away by the quality of resources available to the students. The department’s dedication to building a professional learning environment using their valuable experience of the working environment ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and look forward to collaborating with everyone again”.

Describing how it prepares students for the reality of the games world, second-year Games Programmer Farjad Mohammad remarked, “when I listen to lectures from like-minded people the industry seems less daunting and it encourages me to work harder”.

Andy Wilson, fellow student added “The guest lectures have highlighted areas that we need to focus on, to make us more attractive as employees”.

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