What kind of online programs are available in game design?
There are a lot of online game design programs available. Most programs offer certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees in game design, and there are plenty of schools with online programs. An online program is a great option for an aspiring game designer. Online game design programs allow you to work at your own pace from the comforts of your own home. You'll still develop a great portfolio and master the same skills, but on your own time.
What are the job prospects like for a game design graduate?
Job prospects for game designers look pretty good through 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, positions for multimedia artists and animators are projected to increase by nearly 40% through 2014. As games become more and more sophisticated and the industry more fierce and competitive, jobs will continue to be plentiful. A talented game designer should have no problems.
Will I need a portfolio to get into a game design program?
In most cases, you will not need a portfolio to get into a program, but you definitely should put one together as you complete your game design education. A good program will give you ample opportunities to create games start to finish, which can then be part of your portfolio. Having completed projects is the best way to show off your skills when searching for a job.
How do I know if I'm choosing a good game design school?
All reputable schools are accredited, and that should be the first thing you check for when looking into the quality of a program. Make sure not only that your school is accredited, but that it's accreditation is from an organization that is recognized and approved by the U.S. Department of Education for accrediting purposes.
Another mark of a good game design school is the software it uses. You should select a school that is using the latest an d greatest in video game software. To that end, the instructors should also be experienced and quite knowledgeable about what's current in the industry today. You should look for instructors who are either active in the industry or who keep abreast of changes through continuing education opportunities.
Finally, a good game design program will offer you plenty of opportunities to create your own games from start to finish. This not only gives you great experience, but also allows you to have a finished product to show off to prospective employers.
What kind of degree should I get to be a game designer?
That depends on your career goals. If you are interested in getting a quick degree so that you can start entry-level work, consider a certificate program. If you want to start working quickly, but also want the option to add on to your schooling later, an associate's degree might be a smart option. If you want a comprehensive education in more than just game design, a bachelor's degree is probably your best bet. A bachelor's degree also opens doors for management opportunities as well. When deciding what degree you are going to go after, think about how long you want to be in school, what you expect to get out of your education, and how that degree fits in with your ultimate career goals.