Zara Sharma

Zara Sharma

Senior Lecturer, Game Art

School of Arts

Art & Design Communication

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Zara runs Dusty Tusk Studio, alongside her work at the University of Worcester. She is a Lead Game Designer and Generalist Artist in the studio, which develops indie games as well as providing contracted work for clients. Her generalist art role covers a wide range of game art items like 3D prop modelling, low-poly characters, 2D concept designs and engine shaders, which helps during her role as a lecturer.

Zara has been involved in game art and design since the early 2000s, including commercial work as a freelancer alongside work in education. She has been active in games education since 2009 and has previously been a finalist in the Women In Games Awards for Educational Impact due to her work in this field. Founding and running a business has taught Zara many lessons, she’s happy to share tips and strategies with students that wish to pursue careers as indie game developers.


  • Bsc with First Class Honours, Computer Games Design and Computer Games Programming, including a placement year (2009)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (2012)

Teaching Interests

  • GAMA2002 - Game Art Environments
  • GAMA1103 - Core Skills 2D: drawing and digital art

  • GAMA1101 - Game Construction 1