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Stefa Hodgson-Grove

Career Path: Graphic Designer Team Leader, Gamesys
Location: London, UK

Studied art at A Level and this made me sure I wanted to focus on a creative career. I looked at design because of the variety of disciplines in that sector. After leaving Northumbria with a first class degree in Multimedia Design I completed a 6 month internship at Endemol. After 4.5 years at Endemol, I worked my way up to Senior Designer and joined Gamesys. I have now been at Gamesys for 6 years and my role is a Team Lead in the Graphic Design department.

What are you doing now?Stefa Hodgson-Grove

I manage 5 people and we work on a wide range of apps, games and internal communications. We are currently hard at work on a very big app that will be launched in the summer but can't say any more than that!

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was my first choice, I am from Middlesbrough originally and the pull of a big city was a big factor. The fact that it was close to my hometown and being close enough to see family was also important. Also, I knew that Northumbria were building a new Design campus.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had a show in London at the very end of the course which was very useful for contacts and actually got me some freelance work. I completed a 2 week placement.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturers, The city and the variety of projects were fantastic, they had a real artistic thread running through them, and they were challenging.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Because of the small class size, we had lot a of attention and nurturing. There was a good connection between the lecturers and the class, both educationally and socially. Having a 1st gave me an edge and a confidence in interviews. I would also say the variety of projects I was able to call upon to support my design thinking was important.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The ability to think outside the box, I also learnt fundamental skills in Adobe suite which I still use today. Some from my lecturers, some from my fellow students.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

 Meeting new people.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Do it, without a second thought. The life experience you get will match the degree.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Life-changing, exciting and unforgettable

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