A look at video game design majors
You have a passion for video games. Who doesn't right? And you are seriously considering getting a career in the industry. You know that you will need a degree to break into this industry but you are not sure what kind of degree you should get.
I have some solid information for you here when it comes to the various majors that are available to you and I have tied this in to a university that has these majors and degrees. The college is the University of Advancing technology and they have both on campus and online programs.
On the UAT website they have a whole lot more information about their programs and how you can get a degree through either their online or on campus programs. Here is the link to their main Game Degrees website: University of Advancing Technology Game Degrees website and here is a link to their Online degrees site: UAT Online Game Degrees
And you might want to check out their main University website. Lot of great stuff there: University of Advancing Technology
Maybe you are considering a career in the video game industry but you are not exactly sure which kind of degree you should get? One thing is absolutely for sure: If you want to break into the video game you really have to get a degree! Game development is a high level skill in a mature industry and there is lots of competition. Getting a degree will give you the skills and experience you need to get your career started.
What kind of Degree should you get?
But... you might be thinking about what kind of degree should you get. Is there such a thing as a "Make Video Games" Bachelors degree?
The answer to that is no because the video game industry is a big and vibrant industry and making a game is a collaborative effort between many different types of skills. So you have to consider what kind of skills you have, what kind of skills you want to develop and where that fits you into the game industry.
Deciding how you want to pursue a career in video games
There are quite a few different degrees and skill sets that are desirable to game companies and so you can get a good understanding of the basics I have broken it down into four different disciplines (or four different people types) You can look these over and see which might be right for you. From there you can see which type of degree is a match.
Take a look at these categories and think about what might be the right skill set for you and for what you like to do.
A generalized look at four paths you could choose in video game design:
Now let's take a look at the UAT programs that match these skill sets:
So, what is entailed in getting a degree in one of these fields? UAT has a very standard set up for achieving your degree. Depending on whether you go for a science or arts degree the program will be something like this:
So What kind of classes would you be taking?
I will skip over the generalized University level couses and lets look at the meat and potatoes courses that are involved in game design, game art, and game development. Some of this stuff is a whole lot of fun! These are actual courses from the Game Art and Animation Bachelors Degree Program.
And here are some from the Game Design Bachelors degree program:
The Video Game Industry is a vibrant and exciting industry and there are lots of great opportunities within it. And these are opportunities of all different types. You can work yourself right into the industry doing something that you really love to do whether it be artwork, design work, programming or management among other things.
On the UAT website they have a whole lot more information about their programs and how you can get a degree through either their online or on campus programs. Here is the link to their main Game Degrees website: University of Advancing technology Game Degrees website and here is a link to their Online degrees site: UAT Online Game Degrees
And you might want to check out their main University website. Lot of great stuff there: University of Advancing technology
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