Michael Leaning

Meet Michael Leaning who has had a series of successful roles at TT Games and Lionhead Studios since graduating. He currently works as a Freelance Designer in the computer games industry.

Current job roleFreelance Sound Designer at ShotgunMike Audio Ltd
Year of graduation2008
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Music and Sound Design Technology
MSc Music and Sound Technology (Audio Programming)

Michael Leaning

New paths

Michael developed many skills during his studies at the University of Hertfordshire that he believes truly helped him into his career as a sound designer. He says, 'My undergraduate degree in Music Technology introduced me to sound design for the moving image, something I hadn't thought about when applying for the course. I had initially been focused on music. There was something about putting sound to visuals that excited me and I've been doing it ever since.'

Inspirational opportunities

Michael took full advantage of all the opportunities offered to him during his studies and explains how it really helped him to progress in his career. 'Having the opportunity to work with animation students was one of the best experiences. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to work in a professional studio setting, and take my first steps into sound design on high end equipment and surround sound. Having the opportunity to learn about so many different aspects of sound and collaborating with different creative disciplines definitely led me on the path I’m walking today.'

Aspirations for the future

Michael is looking forward to what the future has in store for him and says, 'I’ve been lucky enough to work on some of the biggest gaming franchises during my career, and even more so since going freelance. I’m looking forward to continuing to work on amazing games and honing my skills over a long and varied career.'

Having the opportunity to work with animation students was one of the best experiences. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to work in a professional studio setting, and take my first steps into sound design on high end equipment and surround sound.