I’m Callum Davies, a 19-year-old indie programmer. I’m a keen and hardworking person who can learn quickly and adapt efficiently. I have worked on a variety of small projects from 2D platformers for PC, to virtual reality experiences. Research is the key to programming; if you don’t understand it, go out and learn it.
High School – Beamont Collegiate Academy:
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:
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. It would be quite easy for me to turn round an go “Oh, it was the teachers fault” but looking back, there were a few times where I failed to attend extra sessions which were put into place to help me – such as the Wednesday study day. I didn’t quite take my time at Cronton seriously; I thought it would be easier than it was – as I didn’t revise much in high school either, and that was my downfall. 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:
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. As of September 2017, I study Computer Games Design at Priestley College. It has been a blast and I don’t regret any decision I made previously that led me to this point.