Kaye is the Head of the Games, Animation and Visual Effects Department at Teesside University, where she currently teaches concept art and games art. Her background is in game development where she spent some 13 years working as a Character Artist and Art Manager for companies including Infogrames, Sony and Blitz Games Studios. She has created 3D graphics and led teams of artists and animators on titles including the Premier Manager series, the Bratz series and the Encleverment Experiment on XBLA among many more.
Her research is in the area of prejudice within in-game spaces on console, and the experiences of the non-archetypal gamer. Currently Kaye is studying for a PhD part-time.
A proud Girl Geek, Kaye is passionately committed to raising awareness of game development as a viable creative career for everyone.
Summary of Research Interests
- Prejudice in online game spaces against perceived minority gamers.
- Gamer culture.
- Girl Gamers
- Player-to-player communication and paralanguage.
- Tabletop Roleplaying Games (TTRPGs)
External Roles and Professional Activities
- BAFTA Member
- IGDA Member
- HEA fellow
Enterprise Interest and Activities
Kaye is currently aiding curriculum development for the ESIF project for Digital Futures, upskilling and training in digital skills for workers in the Durham area.
She is open to opportunities surrounding concept art, games art, and player to player interactions in online or tabletop games, specifically as they relate to griefing behaviors, and improving the multiplayer experience for everyone.
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
Kaye has extensive teaching experience in 2D art, drawing, 3D character creation for games and academic studies in games and media. She has over 9 years experience of teaching observational drawing in a games and animation context, and has run life drawing classes and teaches landscape drawing on- and off-site.