Our Mission

Catalyst is an initiative developed by Aardvark Swift in partnership with industry professionals, creating new pathways of entry into the creative sector, with particular focus on animation, VFX and games.

Catalyst is managed by the same team as the award-winning Grads In Games initiative, which is consistently increasing the number of graduates making the move into a career in professional games development.

We are supported by NextGen Skills Academy, Autodesk, Sumo Digital, Playground Games & nDreams with additional support & development from:

John Stopforth, Creative & Digital Industries Programme Manager at Doncaster College & University Centre, and former games industry animator.
Gary Noden, industry veteran & owner of Sip Sop animation & VFX studio.


With Catalyst, we are developing a series of information, tutorials, activities, challenges & showcase events, with the aim of achieving the following:

  • Unlock the potential of students, encouraging them to demonstrate the best of their abilities.
  • Improve the awareness of studios & employers about the level of talent available.
  • Improve the awareness of students on the options available to them at Level 3