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Impington Village College

Where are they now?

At IVC, we recognise that you, our alumni, have gone on to have amazing lives and careers, taking you across the world to reach your goals, gaining families along the way. Through our increasing connections, we have been able to produce a document titled “Where are they now?” which details the biographies of some of our alumni members. This is not only incredibly interesting, but it is extremely useful for current students. It enables them to see what other people have achieved beyond College, therefore providing them with a passion to pursue their own dreams.

Alumni Profiles

Here you can read some of our alumni stories, and if you would like to submit your own piece for inclusion, please email alumni@impington.cambs.sch.uk

  • Andy Knowles

    Senior Designer; Sony Computer Entertainment WWS (PlayStation)

    Andy Knowles left Impington Village College in 1998 and now works in the computer games industry as a Senior Designer. He did not attend university after his studies at IVC, which shows that there are many ways in which to achieve your dream job and perseverance and desire does pay off.

    Andy’s job involves designing levels and creating new game play elements - from paper design all the way through to completion, Implementation of logic for AI/Dialogue/Animations scripting systems. He enjoys the creative freedom for aspects of the game, problem solving, and the “marvellous feeling” on seeing the game on the shelves of a store. However, there are some parts he does not relish, such as the late nights, complex problems, and crunch time (the point at which the team is thought to be failing to achieve milestones needed to launch a game on schedule)!

    If someone was thinking about working in the Gaming Industry, Andy advices that they should start by learning about how games work. He recommends trying Unity, which is a free and relatively simple program that can help aspiring game developers learn the techniques required. It is also a good idea to download some tutorials and start experimenting.


    A Piece of Advice
    “If you come up with a level design that you think will be great, and it turns out NOT to be, don't worry! It happens to the best of us, think about WHY it doesn't work and then try a different approach. Never be too precious about your work!”