Profile – Ann-Sofie Sydow (TGA)
Ann-Sofie Sydow is the educational coordinator at The Game Assembly (TGA) in Malmö. TGA is a Higher Vocational Education. An education made to meet the game industry market´s demands for game artists, game programmers, level designers and technical artists.
Why do I do what I do?
This makes the going tough in the beginning as the combination of working collaboratively, tough feedback and tight deadlines can take its toll. But after a while this “handicap” disappears. They understand that a good result and a more or less painless journey depends on communication across the different disciplines. The ability to work cooperatively is the key to making great games. When our students reach that milestone we view that as a success. This is also highlighted when delving through the history of our alumni. They are everywhere and we are immensely proud of them all.
Apart from academic qualifications are there any other qualities TGA instills in the students for the professional world?
Has the issue of inequality been discussed with the students and if so is there anything TGA can do to influence the next generation of developers?
We have come a long way here in Sweden, but there is still a lot more to do. I can see changes but nothing is taken for granted. I am a feminist and proud of it. My firm belief is that everybody should get to be who they are and we all are on the same team, some are just a little bit misguided or ignorant.
What does feminism have to do with hard work, skills and cooperation? Well, education and getting to know a handicraft well, learning how to work together and showing each other respect is what it’s all about. We are all on the same team – men and women. Yes, I’m very pragmatic… But that’s one way to do it.
For more on Ann-Sofie Sydow and games education visit The Game Assembly.