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Should I Pursue Game Design in colleges? is this a good career option?

Hello, My Name is Zaid Saifi and I am 18 years old, I am at the stage of my life where I am very confused about pursuing studies and what should I do next. I really want to get in game design courses but don't know which university or which country should I go for. I live in India and there is no good college around here that has game design as a course. What I want to know is experience and if any student is here on N4G that can give me some tips on this. I have developed 2 games in the game and one of them did got featured in apple app store "We Love" section. Gaming is my only passion but I am stuck and need advice.

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isarai19d ago

As someone who has attended and graduated College for game design let me just say, if you're looking for a "Career" with a focus on making a lot of money, Game development isn't the right thing. there are lots of other careers that use the same skillset that pay more. However if you're one on the slightly crazy individuals that want to go through the pure life reducing stress gauntlet that is game design even after what i told you? then yes it's definitely for you. Your passion has got to be greater than your want for more money.

With that out of the way, honestly colleges aren't really the best option when it comes to game design. It might get a little extra attention when it comes to getting hired, but your work speaks volumes above anything else you can put on a resume. Advice i've gotten from several contacts/ field professionals have strongly suggested that you look at job placement above all else when looking at education, and take online learning sources into just as much consideration as physical colleges. In fact when it comes to video game programming more online schools can have better job placement than colleges. Seeing as how you've already developed some apps it looks like you have a very foundation to build on.

That's all i have time to say atm, Good Luck

maybelovehate17d ago

If you are a focused self learner, I would just learn online on your own time. No college course will give you what you are looking for as efficiently as learning things on your own. And with almost all the popular engines offering free options there is no hurdle as far as costs of getting the tools you need. And if you are already making games that you can put on your resume you are probably ahead of most students coming straight out of college. It is really hard to justify colleges today with the Internet offering much better learning experiences and even social groups of learning without the costs.

thorstein16d ago

Look for a college (non for profit or private) that offers the correct degree. Stay clear, far clear of fake colleges like the University of Phoenix, ITT Tech, Full Sail, etc. Go for fully accredited established universities.

I hope you are good at maths. If not, you may wish to pursue something else.

Otherwise you should be looking at a tech school: MIT (being one of the best) RIT, RPI, Savannah. Why are you just looking now though? You should have been looking back in December of 2017. College acceptance letters have already arrived and students are planning which schools to attend and looking forward to orientation right now.

You may want to see what colleges are near you.

SNACK_SHARK_TROLL16d ago (Edited 16d ago )

I would advise against it to be honest, I've been in the same boat as you. And I thought college would be the way to go, because I didn't know how to go about getting in the gaming world. So I tend campus for a short while for digital arts and design, then switched to online for game design, and I pretty much was teaching myself. After I graduated, I still didn't felt like I achieved much or moved forward, I had very very little in my portfolio. It pretty much was a waste, but I don't really regret it, because being away from home and by myself, I learn a lot about myself personally/spiritually. Also another reason is that it forced me to start coding, and I figured out that I actually enjoy it. So after I graduated I wanted to focus on coding and try to make my own games, and those games could be used to make profit/portfolio work. I picked up the unity engine, and used YouTube, Google, Unityanswers, and other various sites to learn how to code. If I knew about Unity and how easy it was to picked up I would of probably avoid going to school for it. Because I pretty taught myself Game design. I would recommend downloading Unity and search YouTube for how to make game or something simple(like a platformer with coin collecting, item use, health etc) some videos are outdated but it shouldn't be too much a problem. Also use C# language, other languages are no longer supported in newer versions of unity. Google all questions you have on how to do something, and study the answers. And if you want to make a complete game, start very small nothing too ambitious. Mobile gaming is where I started, and my first unity YouTuber goes by the name GameGrind, some of his videos are outdated but still useful.

SNACK_SHARK_TROLL14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Sorry, I kind of went a bit overboard/a bit off topic with my 1st post. But I believe most of everyone has it right, when they tell you to pursue degrees elsewhere besides game design. That's if you want to still go to college. Also unless you know someone, getting in the industry is very tough. I remember reading insomniac games post about the getting in a job in the game industry. They said they are looking more for talent, than how much education you have. Every studio has their requirements. But at end of the day, they all looking for that talent which they will see in the games you have in your portfolio. So pretty much you just have to keep making games (making them unique will help you stand out) and add them to your portfolio.

Cueil15d ago

Major In Computer Science minor in math and use electives to pursue your desire to get into gaming. I think most here have already said more than enough, but you'll never find Math to be useless in the field and some companies actually prefer it... I think I watched a video about 343 hiring people and having strong math background being extremely important. I think Snack_Shark_Troll has the right of it though... and it's why I say ignore game design as a degree and focus on Math and Computer Science... either or as a major/minor.

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