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Adrian Smith

Current Roles

Programme Leader: HND Creative Media Production (Computer Games Design & Animation)


I have been working in the Games Industry since 1992. I have worked on a variety of game platforms and game genres in that time. I began my career working at Rare in Twycross, Warwickshire working to develop games for Nintendo. My first game that I worked on was “Donkey Kong Country”, a platform game published on the ‘SNES’ (Super Nintendo Entertainment System). Later on I was very fortunate to be a member of the team to have worked on “Goldeneye”, a FPS (First Person Shooter) on the N64 console.

In developing my career further I went on to work with Core Design Limited in Derby, working on titles on “Fighting Force 2”, for the PS (Playstation) and finally, working on “Tomb Raider – Angel of Darkness”, on the Playstation 2 and PC. My international experience includes nearly 2 years working in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, developing games titles like “FIFA 12”, for EA (Electronic Arts) on the Nintendo Wii. I also helped develop a Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect title called “NBA Baller Beats”, for Majesco. I have also worked on portable platforms from the DS and DSi. I followed my further education experience from College Diploma to MA/PgD from Bournemouth University (NCCA). Up to my teaching experience I was working as a Contract FX Artist for Ubisoft Reflection working on “Driver – San Francisco” for the Playstation 3 and Xbox.

My teaching career began in 2006 to 2008 working as a fractional Lecturer on the BA (Hons) in Game Design at Hull School of Art and Design, before moving to University Centre Doncaster to take up my current position.

Current Modules Taught

HND Creative Media Production (Games Design & Animation)

  • Game Concept Art
  • 2D Game Graphic Design
  • 3D Environment
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Game Engines
  • Professional Practice
  • Portfolio Development & Promotion

Research / Scholarly Activity

Work published in:

  • Burns, M. (2003) Digital Fantasy Painting. Collins
  • Wade, D.P. & Hellard, P. (2010) Elemental 3: The World’s Best Autodesk Art. Ballistic Publishing


  • NBA Baller Beats (2013)
  • FIFA 12 (2012)
  • Driver San Francisco (2011)
  • Back-Yard Football (2010)
  • Jambo Safari (2010)
  • Deal Or No Deal (2010)
  • Skill Blackjack (2010)
  • Tomb Raider AoD (2003)
  • Fighting Force 2 (1999)
  • Goldeneye (1997)
  • DK2-Diddy Kong’s Quest (1995)
  • Killer Instinct (1994)
  • Donkey Kong Country (1994)

External Activity / Professional Links

  • Freelance Lead Game Artist/Senior Environment Artist/Senior Effects Artist.
  • Clients include: Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment, SEGA Games, Bellfruit Games Limited, Endemol, E.A. Games, Ubisoft Entertainment Limited, Majesco, Contract Game Artist.