A UNIVERSITY student has been shortlisted in a national video game awards.

Solent University's Tristan McGuire has been shortlisted in the annual Grads in Games, Search for a Star competition.

The competition is one of the industry’s biggest student game development challenges and is designed to help students make the leap from student to professional games developer.

Students are tasked with creating their own games, art assets, animations or visual effects.

Tristan, a final year BA (Hons) Computer Games student was shortlisted in the ‘Character Art’ category for his design of RJ MacReady, the protagonist of the 1982 movie 'The Thing', played by Kurt Russell.

Tristan has since gone on to secure a job as a Junior Character Artist with one of the gaming industry professionals who interviewed him as part of the shortlisting process.

He said it felt "amazing" to be a finalist in the awards.

“After the success of the Search for a Star interview, I was invited for an interview at Airship Images. After this interview they offered me the job and I accepted!

"I may not have managed to get an interview at Airship without first being a finalist in Search for a Star, so the competition has helped me immeasurably.”