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Former student with a BAFTA Scholarship comes back to his class to do an inspiration talk

11 September 2016

Kyle Horwood completed his Level 3 BTEC Digital Creative Media Production course at Swindon College in 2012 and last week he came back to his old classroom to talk to 2nd years on the same course.

Lecturer of the BTEC, Paul Moss, said:

I am very proud of Kyle. He really worked hard on this course. I saw the potential in him when he came to the interview and he’s achieved a lot already in his career.

During the talk, Kyle covered many subjects – such as what he did on the course, his degree and masters assignments and his work experience outside of education.

Kyle said:

The talk went really well and it was a really great experience. I hope that it will help the students realise where they want and need to go. It felt great that I was possibly inspiring these younger students to keep on working hard. Coming back to Swindon College was a great experience and it was interesting to see the changes to the college. I felt very welcome.

There was a Q and A session after the talk and the students loved having a chance to speak to Kyle directly.

One of the questions asked was 'How hard did you find it to get into University'. Kyle said:

I worked pretty hard to make sure I got into my first choice of university with the grades that I needed. The university asked for a portfolio and mine was mostly focused on 3D, but I added a little 2D into it. As long as the drawings are not of an anime style, universities will like to see any sort of drawings you can create.

After Kyle left Swindon College, Kyle helped BAFTA and Abertay University to develop prototype games for the winners of BAFTA’s Young Game Designers (YGD) competition.

These games were then showcased to HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the President of BAFTA and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to Dundee, where Kyle is now finishing up his final semester of a Masters in Games Development.

Kyle has not only gone on to impress BAFTA enough to be a recipient of the BAFTA Scholarship – he also has a constant stream of freelance work to keep him occupied in his spare time.