A Polish computing wizard is celebrating after winning the gold medal in the '3D Digital Game Art (Advanced)' competition at the Skills Competition Wales national final.
20-year-old Konrad Jastrzebski from Llandudno - who moved to Wales from his native Poland at the age of 14 - scooped the top prize after an intense four-hour competition against the best young games development students in Wales. He is currently studying on the 'Level 3 Games Development' course at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhos-on-Sea campus.
The hotly-fought competition comprised seven young games designers who had battled their way through the heats to reach the national final, which was held at Coleg Gwent in Newport.
The finalists had to create a thrown (seat) in 3D for a first person role-playing game (RPG). After initially sketching out his idea, Konrad utilised his design skills in Maya gaming industry software, and then Photoshop, to texture the model.
I was delighted to come first out of the all the best games development students in Wales. The competition was extremely challenging but great fun. It was a test of all things that I have learned on the course.
After finishing his Level 3 course, he is planning to do a Foundation Degree in Games Development at Coleg Llandrillo.
Konrad's tutor, Jordan Edwards, said:
Konrad is an excellent student who always applies himself and goes the extra mile, which has resulted in him winning gold in this prestigious competition. The scope of the competition enables learners to develop and demonstrate a variety of creative and technical skills that are essential within the contemporary gaming industry.
David Owen, programme manager for Computing and Media Technology at Coleg Llandrillo, said:
I would like to congratulate Konrad on his success in this national competition. Skills Competition Wales offers students, trainees and apprentices in Wales a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in competitions across a range of sectors.
Skills Competition Wales consists of around 30 skills competitions, funded by the Welsh Government and run by a dedicated network of colleges, work-based learning providers and employer-led organisations. Skills Competition Wales forms part of the Welsh Government's Growth and Sustainable Jobs programme, and aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales.
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