Murdoch University School of Arts  students scored a rare gig helping to develop the latest Battlestar Galactica  game for Xbox and Playstation, thanks to lecturer Brad Power’s  industry connections.
Third year Games art and design  students – Josh Bryan and Bevan Hewett – gained real-world experience helping Perth-based studio Black Lab Games to prepare the new 3D sci-fi strategy game for its recent PC release.
The guys spent a month completing their work placement immersed with the developers, programmers and artists at the small local studio that has a world-wide reputation.
Mr Bryan said the game was a brilliant product that fans of the TV series loved because the team had worked hard to stay true to many elements of the original cult show.
Mr Power said that game development was a growing industry that offered a broad range of employment opportunities spanning production, programming, art, quality assurance, audio, writing, design, management, administration and marketing.
“Most games are played for fun but games are now extending beyond entertainment and are successfully being used in the health, education and corporate sectors to deliver numerous learning outcomes,” he said.
“The industry requires staff who are creative but who also have a highly technical skill set, often at the cutting edge of commercial technology. The market is expanding rapidly and makes an important economic contribution to WA.”
The students so impressed Black Lab Games that CEO Paul Turbett said the studio was planning to extend the partnership to offer more places to students.
Mr Hewett said it was an eye-opener to see the product go through so many levels of development before it was ready for release to fans.
“It’s a competitive industry and you need to be self-motivated to succeed but I loved the opportunity to learn about the industry and the many different elements of studio life,” he said.
In 2018, Games Art and Design will be offered as a major in Murdoch’s new Bachelor of Creative Media. Find out more