Published on 5 March 2014
A Nambour Christian College graduate with twin passions for creative writing and role-playing computer games has chosen the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Bachelor of Creative Industries to pursue her career.
Ellaine Evans, 18, of Forest Glen, said her ambition was to work in the gaming industry and, after considering degrees in Brisbane, she had chosen the USC program because it suited her exact needs.
“I’m really glad USC is offering this degree because it can be tailored to what I want to do,” she said.
“I want to go more into game writing rather than other design elements, so I can do a double major in creative writing and serious game design.”
Ellaine, who achieved an OP3 in 2012 and took a gap year last year, said she was delighted to have been awarded a $12,000 USC Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship for high academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need.
She was one of 41 recipients of the undergraduate scholarship this year.
“The scholarship has really taken the pressure off because I can put it towards uni fees and textbooks,” she said.
She also completed a USC course in Year 11 as part of the Headstart program.
“That means I already have credit for one of my courses this year, Introduction to Creative Writing,” she said.
Ellaine topped her English class in her final year at school, in addition to receiving four class subject awards for consistent high achievement.
She said she liked the storytelling aspect of computer games and had been playing games from a young age.
“My favourite games are Mass Effect and Morrowind and I want to create something that stands out and has a lot of creativity and originality,” she said.
— Julie Schomberg