Darius Malek

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Research interests

Darius is a practitioner and researcher in games art and design and game studies. In addition to traditional research, Darius produces practice-based research, previously designing and developing his own games and films for the purpose of research. He completed his doctorate in game studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in December 2021. Following this, Darius is currently revising and adapting his research for book publication (working title: Understanding Indie Games).

Approach to teaching

Darius has been studying digital media and games for over ten years, whilst teaching in these subject areas for over five years. He draws on his broad design background to ensure students are prepared to enter a video game industry that is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Darius believes in providing students with a strong understanding of the game development pipeline, regardless of the area in which they wish to specialise. Darius draws on his research and connections to industry professionals to provide students with the knowledge and skills to either transition into employment or postgraduate studies.

Supervisory Interests

Darius is open to supervising masters or doctorate students in game studies. He can supervise both practice-based/led and traditional research projects. Although he currently specialises in indie games, Darius' interest and expertise in game studies make him open to supervising a broad range of research subjects.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Defining the Indie Game as Process: Aesthetic, Production and Community

Award Date: 20 Dec 2021

Master, Exploring Machinima: The Impact of Virtual Filmmaking Practice on the Creative Process

Award Date: 5 Oct 2015

Bachelor, Digital Media, Film, Radio & TV

Award Date: 1 Sept 2014


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