Plumber turned games designer wins European design award

27 July 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Dan bags prestigious internship after impressing judges with 3d design skills

A former Essex plumber turned games designer has been recognised for his design skills after winning an international competition which showcases and rewards excellence in computer graphics from students and recent graduates.

Recent University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) games design graduate Dan Bavin has been awarded a prestigious internship with top games developer Ninja Theory after winning a placement through the annual CG Student Awards.

Dan submitted his final UCLan piece of work for the competition, which aims to create a platform for all aspiring digital artists to launch their careers, and is one of eight finalists in the European category. As a specialist 3d artist, the 29-year-old used a combination of 3d applications, digital art software and game engine technology to produce a fully working, game-ready scene with an observatory which houses an abandoned ballroom where an eccentric professor lives.

Dan will begin the paid three month-long internship in August. He commented: “I couldn't be more grateful to my tutors who helped me build a strong skillset, and also to my family, friends and the friends of friends who spread word about the competition. With their help the observatory scene managed to generate a lot of interest.

“To start a placement so soon after graduating, not to mention at such a prestigious studio, is a great privilege."

“You're usually your own worst critic, so when something awesome like this happens it always comes as a shock. To start a placement so soon after graduating, not to mention at such a prestigious studio, is a great privilege."

Dan’s tutor, senior games design lecturer Bev Bush, said: "We are delighted to hear the news that our recent graduate Dan Bavin is a winner in the prestigious CG Student Awards European - Bootcamp category, and was rewarded with a three month internship at Ninja Theory.

“Dan has worked hard to develop his skills and use them creatively throughout his time on the BA(Hons) Games Design course at UCLan and I have no doubt that he will rise to the challenges and use this opportunity with great effect. Dan is not only a talented digital artist but a great person to have around."

Mature student Dan came to higher education late after training as a plumber for two years. After a shortage of work meant his apprenticeship was cut short, Dan decided to return to study and turn his passion into a career. He then attended UCLan’s partner college Futureworks in Manchester, where he studied a foundation degree in game art, before joining the University’s BA (Hons) Games Design course.