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Alex impresses judges

A Brighton MET student has competed in the regional heat of the national public speaking competition ‘ARTiculation’ at The Lightbox gallery, Woking.

Games Design diploma student Alex Gillie gave a compelling presentation and personalised exploration of the digital game ‘Life Is Strange’ which is an episodic graphic adventure video game. The game's plot focuses on Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading her every choice to enact the butterfly effect.

Alex was selected for the South East regional heat following an internal heat against her fellow students from Creative Industries courses at Brighton MET.

She was pitched against a number of strong candidates from a variety of schools and colleges across the region and although she did not win her heat, Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox gallery said, “It was extremely brave to use digital game work in a competition of this kind, so very well done for that . You were very reflective and brilliantly conveyed your passion for the work and communicating what it meant to you. Your passion for the subject absolutely showed through your presentation.”

Emma Harrington, Curriculum Manager for Creative Industries, said, “The process of preparing for public speaking has been hugely beneficial for Alex. It has been a real joy to witness Alex growing in confidence over these weeks in preparation for the heat. It is a fabulous accolade for Alex, our college and ARTiculation to be supporting the first digital arts student to compete within the competition - a fabulous achievement.”

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