- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Year commenced: 2016
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Information Technology
- Major(s): Games development; Multimedia development
What attracted you to IT?
I was attracted to the field of Information Technology due to my passion and love for playing and creating games, which was inspired by one of my friends during High school. With some help from one of my friends, I started dabbling in map design and programming during my early years of high school which only grew stronger as I got older. During that time, I have developed a love for 3D modelling and programming which originated from gaming and have been involved in the development of a few games.
Why did you choose Monash?
The reason why I chose Monash in comparison to the many other institutes for furthering my education, was due to Monash wide range of opportunities which it provides to all student attending the University. Monash has a broad range of industry partners across all areas of study, allowing for the opportunity of industry based learning (IBL) and the possibility of a future job within one of Monash's well-known partners. The main aspect that caught my attention was Monash's IBL Program, which allows students the possibility to experience paid industry-based learning which counts towards your degree while providing a variety of different pathways to give all students at Monash a head start on the rest. Monash’s being recognised as one of the top 80 Universities in the world, had finalised and cemented my decision to enrol into Monash.
One of the things that I have enjoyed so far while studying at Monash is how the university doesn't just teach you about the history and logic behind the current areas of study but also prepares you for real life scenarios and where they teach you how you should present yourself in a professional manner and how to deal with those situations within a simulated workplace environment, where the University constantly prepares you for life outside in the Industry. The university constantly provides stepping stones to lead all students on the path of success while also offering many opportunities and programs for students through the course of their studies.
What is your major and what does it involve?
The major in Games development touches upon all of the developmental stages that are involved in game development, these includes; game design, story development, programming, a little 3D modelling and a lot of theory. Games development isn't about playing games but teaching you about how to develop them. The Games development major allows for a wide range of flexibility within the creative development process of game design, that allows all students the opportunity to development their ideas into a physical format where students and classmates have the chance to play and test their game prototypes.
The Multimedia development major is more focused on the creative design side of the Information Technology, which involves the creation of characters and 3D objects via Maya while also dealing is graphical design like infographics which tests your creativity and advancing your skills in Photoshop.
What is your favourite thing about your major?
My favourite experiences that I can recall so far within my majors, has been the programming and modelling aspects of the course, but I also have loved when I have been involved in group activities, which provides a unique experience within every new group. These opportunities help me to develop my interpersonal skills and shape my ability to communicate ideas to the team.
Apart from study, what else are you involved in both at Monash and off campus?
During my time at Monash, I have been involved in being a representative for the Faculty of Information Technology, which has provided me with the opportunity to communicate with my fellow peers across a broad range of studies, where I collect student’s feedback on how each unit is being presented and the general flow of the unit. The role also involves being able to communicate any issues that each student is currently experiencing within a unit directly to the board of directors and head of each unit so that they can better improve and advance the learning experience of students. (I'm the voice for students).
I still live at home but I work a part time job in an unrelated industry for 16 hours a week, which provides me with financial support. Working in a disconnected environment gives me a chance to think about any assignments or general class work while having a more relax state of mind, which helps prevent writer's block and tunnel vision when completing assignments.
What has been the highlight of your course so far?
The highlights of my course so far are the proactive and engaging teachers and friendly students that constantly surround the class environment, which provides an ideal learning environment that eliminates any distractions that otherwise would affect my learning experience.