Video Game Development Schools
To get anywhere in the industry, you’ll most likely need some serious training from video game development schools offering degrees related to game design. We thought we’d make your life a little easier, and point out some training options that you might want to check out.
ITT Technical Institute is a good place to start. They offer an excellent “Digital Entertainment and Game Design” program, and have over 100 campuses nationwide. When requesting information, make sure to select their School of Drafting and Design Brochure.
If video game programming is more along the lines of what you were thinking of, DeVry University offers a very strong “Game and Simulation Programming Bachelor’s Degree“. This program will prepare you for various video game programming roles in a studio including programmer, software engineer and project coordinator. They also have various campus locations across the US and Canada.
The Art Institutes offers yet another excellent option for those wanting “in” the video game development industry with a “Game Art & Design Program“. You’ll receive hands-on training from industry professionals, plus you’ll build your portfolio. And yet another school that offers a truckload of locations to choose from.
Are you unable to make it to a campus location, or would just rather learn from the comfort of your home? You’re in luck. “The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division” offers a “Bachelor of Science Degree in Game Art & Design” for anyone with Internet access and a willingness to learn. You will concentrate on the specifics needed as a professional game artist: -Scene and set design, Motion capture, Character development, Visual storytelling, Game design strategies, 3D animation, Low-polygon modeling, Game level design and Texture mapping.
Skill and natural talent of course go a long way towards making it in this industry, but you really need a program at a video game development school to focus your abilities and refine them into something the studios will recognize and respect. A good program will help you strengthen the skills needed to make it in this exciting field of work.
When choosing a school, make sure to ask a lot of questions. What is the class size? How do they help you find a job after you graduate? What’s the employment rate after graduation? What connections do they have with the video game industry? Contact a good handful of schools that look good to you, and start narrowing down your choices based on their answers to your questions, the information packets they may send you as well as what you hear from former students.