Nathania Sum

Nathania Sum

3D Generalist, SkillsVR  
Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)
Bachelor of Design in Digital Design

What she enjoys most about her career in digital design is working on such a range of different projects, says Nathania Sum who now works for SkillsVR; a company that specialises in providing virtual reality training solutions and immersive learning experiences.

“As a 3D generalist, I’m spread across the entire art creation pipeline. Some days I’ll be modelling, texturing, or rigging assets and characters; at other times I’ll be lighting environments or doing research into upcoming technologies and tools our team can use to speed up the art creation. I really enjoy the variety and range of things I get to work on!”

Nathania joined SkillsVR in 2021, after working at AR and VR specialists CONICAL and at VR gaming studio Wanderer Ltd. While she has had many proud moments in her career so far, being involved in virtual reality game Wanderer was a highpoint for her.

“My previous role was as a 3D animator on Wanderer, a VR time travel adventure game that was released earlier this year on PlayStation VR and PCVR. This was my first shipped title and I’m so proud of all the work our studio did on this game.”

Finding her path
Nathania says it was a friend that first got her interested in digital design.

“After high school I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to go into a creative field. My friend suggested taking a look at the digital design degree and it ticked a lot of boxes for me. I was really interested in learning more about animation at that point.”

It's a decision she hasn’t regretted and she still fondly remembers her time at AUT.

“The highlight for me were the connections and friendships I made, as well as being able to experiment and learn about a wide range of things in film, animation, visual effects and interactive design. I’m also proud of being on the Dean’s Honours List for my Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours).”

Advice for other students
After graduating from AUT at the end of 2016, Nathania has some great advice for other students who are just at the start of their university journey.

“My advice is simple; try not to pigeonhole yourself and your skillset.

“When you’re studying at university, it’s the perfect time to try new things and experiment to see where your passions lie.”

*The Digital Design major has been replaced by the Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design major. The Bachelor of Design is now known as Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design. The Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) is no longer being offered.

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