Sze Sze turned her natural creative and artistic flair into a career by studying the Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity.
After graduating from high school I was lucky enough to get offers from universities in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. After my interview and discussing what the course had to offer, I was confident that RMIT was the university for me. What appealed to me most was its reputation, and also the way its students explore technology and interactivity through research, such as the work being done at the Exertion Games Lab. RMIT caters to broad interests and I felt it was the best university for me and my exploration of animation, games and interactivity.
When I was younger I was always interested in watching and playing video games as well as creating digital and traditional art. I did a Bachelor of Design (Games) at RMIT and learnt a lot from it, but I never truly saw myself working on a major big-budget game at a studio; I was more interested in interactive art installations and user experiences. To explore that interest I decided to try a Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity.
The lecturers were extremely supportive during my studies and they still support me since I’ve graduated. They have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience, and they provided me with a safe and highly creative space to comfortably collaborate and pursue my areas of interest.
One highlight of the degree was going on study tours to local animation studios, having alumni discuss their past and current work, going to events as a cohort and meeting creative practitioners around Melbourne. These tours were fantastic, and really opened my eyes to the work being made locally. It also gave me one-on-one contact with people who worked in creative studios in Melbourne, and I could ask specific questions about the industry and how they got to where they are in their career.
It’s hard to have success in your career with only one skill, especially if you hope to work with start-ups and smaller companies. Being multifaceted in your abilities is very important, and RMIT has given me a broad skill set to prepare me for a career.