Lego Star Wars lead programmer speaks to Fife College students – FE News

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Fife College students heard about a top game programmer as he gave a talk about his career and how to find a job in the industry.

Cameron McNicol is a game programmer at Tt Games and having started as a junior game mechanics programmer, he then progressed over the past five years to become a senior game programmer.

His latest work was on the new release, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which was released earlier this year.

Cameron has been invited to speak at the College by guest speakers to give students in gaming, digital design and 3D classes valuable insight into working in the industry.

During the talk, he talked about the importance of having a portfolio for interviews, the need to work effectively in a team, and how to apply to game studios.

He also talked about the importance of having knowledge of game engines like Unity and Unreal – both of which are used in Fife College courses.

Speaking after the conference, Cameron McNicol, who grew up in Fife, said:

“Being invited to speak to students from the area where I grew up was really special.

“Even though I loved games and was a competent programmer, I had never brought the two together until others suggested it to me – so hopefully I might have shed light on the pathway to those who have not considered this career path.

“My advice to students was to do what you love and love what you do. The industry is full of passionate individuals, it’s a creative field and you should strive to work on the kind of games you love.

“It’s amazing to see institutions like Fife College investing in game development and providing students with courses to help them join the industry.

“These courses not only provide a great starting point for students to begin their learning, but also provide a collaborative space where they can work together to create amazing and more unique games.

“It was great to meet so many enthusiastic students who are considering the gaming industry as a career path. I wish them the best for their further studies and maybe one day I will have the pleasure of to be their peer in the industry.

Rebecca Blyth, Head of Studies and Quality in the Department of Computing and Technology at Fife College, said:

“It was great having Cameron come and talk to our students about his experience in the industry.

“We always try to organize conferences with guest speakers from the industry whenever we can to allow our current students to see the skills and opportunities for progression that exist in the games industry.

“It not only helps them realize that they can get a job in this field, but it shows them the relevance of their current background to the industry.”

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