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International industry giants visited Grad Show

Published: 14 March 2016

Some of the world's largest visual effects and videogame companys visited Luleå University of Technology during this year's Grad Show. Students from programs in computer graphics and computer engineering presented their focus projects and got the chance to learn more about the industry.

– Our students are very attractive in the industry. The interest from the companies grows every year, and soon we have to start to say no to some of them, says Arash Vahdat, lecturer and program director for the computer graphics program.

Worked with several top movies

This years Grad Show attracted seven of the industry's leading companies and four of them had taken the trip all the way from London just to meet with the university's students. Among the visiting companies were, for example, Moving Picture Company, The Mill and Framestore, the companys have worked with big movies such as Gravity, The Marsian and Ex Machina. In addition to participating in workshops, the students also got practical tips on how to do get ahead in the industry: fix a good portfolio and a good resume, be prepared to work hard and above all – show your personality and have a passion for what you do.

Educates problem solvers

Good experiences and broad expertise is what attracts the industry giants to Skellefteå.

– We educate problem solvers and compared to other similar courses the students of computer graphics and computer game development is very versatile in their knowledge. We are also very close to the industry, they participate in everything from curriculum development to our student projects, says Arash Vahdat who sees Grads show as an excellent first step towards the future for the students.

– This is a unique opportunity for our students to meet their potential employers and make contacts that could be crucial for future professional life.

Grad show 2016
Grad show 2016
Robert Ringholm. Luleå University of Technology Photo: Linda Alfredsson
Grad show 2016
Erik Hedman, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Linda Alfredsson