Video games are a major emerging art form, and courses in game design are becoming more and more standard. By entering these programs, students have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with developing games to prepare them for their future careers. You may be wondering, what is a course in game design? Programs focusing on this skill set are split into two fields of study: theoretical an… Read more

Video games are a major emerging art form, and courses in game design are becoming more and more standard. By entering these programs, students have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with developing games to prepare them for their future careers.

You may be wondering, what is a course in game design? Programs focusing on this skill set are split into two fields of study: theoretical and practical. Understanding game theory is vital to success, but students may also be able to create actual games to build experience and a portfolio at the same time. This series of courses is well complemented by 3D animation, interactive design, or interactive storytelling classes.

Besides building a portfolio that can help you get a design job after graduation, courses in game design also build a set of personal skills that will be beneficial in this industry. The ability to communicate and work with a group is imperative to game design, as well as critical thinking and problem solving.

Factors that determine how much the program costs include university choice, program length, and the country you study in. The most common countries to study game design are Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Be sure to research before enrolling.

The nature of the game industry allows for great flexibility in career options. More so than ever before, it is very feasible to create video games independently. Alternatively, with a growing market, it is becoming easier to get work with an existing studio. Plus, there are many different fields that you can specialize in, including design, programming, art, scripting, production, writing, and research, so you can find the niche that matches your interests.

It is the most exciting time to work in this industry, so start looking into the courses in game design available to you today. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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