- Sep 15, 2009
Full Sail's game development degree course does a great job at great job at getting you ready for the coding side of the industry. Covers a lot of the basics and plenty of advanced topics. I know its reputation is 50/50, but I think learning from industry veterns and the two team game projects we had to do really give you some well needed experience to go with the book knowledge.Daquin said:No idea about trade schools like Full Sail in Florida though.
I know when I was looking for a game degree, there weren't as many colleges. And the one I found near me in Texas was just a generic information technology course with a single game design class tossed in. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of the 300 "game courses" out there are the same. Just a computer science or art degree with a game-related course added in.
Anyone looking to really join the industry as an artist or programmer needs to seriously research good schools. Don't get sucked in by a lame game degree course. A traditional university with a respectable program will top any weak-ass game degree. And of course, the trade schools with good programs like Full Sail are always worth looking into.
And stay away from courses that focus on Design. There is no way you'd get hired as a Designer without a solid background in development or graphics first.