Who Am I?
I’m Hayley Davies, a 21-year-old, indie programmer and current Falmouth University student. I’m a keen and hardworking person who can learn quickly and adapt efficiently. I have worked on a variety of small projects, in both game development and software engineering, from 2D platformers for PC, to a virtual reality game, to an image manipulation tool. Research is the key to programming; if you don’t understand it, go out and learn it, there’s enough resources out there which can teach you a lot. Check out my portfolio for everything I’ve worked on.
High School – Beamont Collegiate Academy (2011-2016):
Between the years of 2011 and 2016, I studied at William Beamont High School (now Beamont Collegiate Academy). After 5 years in hell – to steal Oliver Queen’s quote – I sat my GCSEs, walking away with an A*, 6Bs, 2Cs and 1D. During this time – primarily 2012 or so – I was introduced to a program called Scratch. I enjoyed using this and begun making my own little games – all of which I have (luckily) lost now; I don’t that embarrassment to go down in history. Although I now despise Scratch, I do have to give it credit for how it peaked my interest in programming, something I have come to enjoy doing when I’m not playing video games, also, it’s probably not easy for a teacher to teach 11-16 year old kids a written programming language – especially when the most part of a class wont understand or care.
AS Level – Cronton Sixth Form College (2016-2017):
From 2016 to 2017, I went to Cronton Sixth Form College undertaking 4 AS subjects including, walking away with a B Computer Science and a D in Business Studies. I failed the two other courses I enrolled in. I don’t regret failing because it meant I went to Priestley College, meaning that I learnt a hell of a lot more about the game making process than I ever would have if I’d have followed the path Cronton was setting me on – I’d have gone to a University which doesn’t exactly have the best course in the world, I’d never considered Falmouth University – which is by far one of the best in the UK for Game Development. Mistakes aren’t always bad; failure doesn’t mean you don’t improve.
AQA Technical Level – Priestley College (2017-2019):
After failing at Cronton, they never arranged an appointment with regards to re-enrolling even after my repeated attempts to get one. Because of this, I had to look elsewhere and Priestley offered some good courses. I finished my studies with Priestley in 2019 and achieved a grade of DMM in Entertainment Technology: Video Games Art and Design Production. Here, I worked on multiple projects, of which, the games can be found on this portfolio page and the projects can be found here. I’m proud of myself and the work that I have made here; now onto bigger and better things.
Gap Year (2019-2020):
After completing my studies at Priestley College, I took a year out of education after recieving an unconditional offer at Falmouth University. I took this gap year to work on my transition, along with working on improving my portfolio and earning some money so I am more financially stable whilst I study at University. So far, whilst I haven’t worked on much in regards to making games, I did start working nights at Asda in October 2019, and in March 2020, I was promoted from a Night’s Colleage to a Night’s Section Leader. This so far is going great and it’s teaching me a lot of things that I hope will be useful in the future.