Max studied a Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity (MAGI) to increase his skills and open up career opportunities in more areas.
I enrolled in postgraduate study to enhance my creative and professional skill set, with the goal of shifting my career towards making interactive, programmatic works rather than the non-interactive photography and filmmaking projects I had been working on previously. I looked at all of the available programming and interactive media courses, and RMIT had the course that best suited what I was looking for: it’s creative, but it also has plenty of room for technical development and exploration.
The coursework and the projects I’ve been working on have enabled me to develop novel software experiences and tackle satisfying technical problems. I’ve learnt to how to program, how to make games, developed my collaborative skills and met a bunch of really interesting people. The support and mentoring I’ve received from the lecturers has been invaluable, and has really helped me get to a level of conceptual and technical awareness that I wouldn’t have been able to reach on my own.
I recently got back from Singapore where I was on a team that competed in the International Game Concept Challenge. My team, which comprised students from different international institutions, won the competition. We went in with absolutely nothing and came out with a fleshed out concept and polished prototype for a virtual reality game in less than two weeks. The experience was tremendously educational and satisfying.
Over the next few years I’m hoping to work on projects where I can build on what I’ve learnt in the course and take my career to new areas. If you’re hoping to advance your career or augment your existing skills, MAGI is the way to do it.
The studio environment at RMIT is friendly and productive, and gives you the opportunity to learn from other students. For me, postgraduate study has been a much-needed intellectual reawakening.