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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:18 am 
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What is the best college to get a degree in either game design or Game programming? Thanks


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If you want to be a programmer, get a degree in Computer Science.

'Game programming' is a gimmick. Programming is programming.


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Ok but what about Game design? I know only a few colleges offer that I mean I can't go to like just any state university and expect to find them offering that can I?


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well, without knowing if you want in-state or out-of-state it's difficult to recommend anything. I would start with your local community colleges and public universities. Stay away from those "speciality" schools like ITT


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A Game Design degree is just a marketing gimmick some schools use to draw in students. If you look at the actual classes, they are just Computer Science classes, that are no different then the ones you would take at any other school. Some schools will offer several different names for the same degree; the only difference between degrees is one or two classes. When you are applying for IT jobs your prospective employer will only be looking for a Computer Science Degree, they aren’t concerned about the novelty name the college tacks on to it.


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mecoatwar wrote:
Ok but what about Game design? I know only a few colleges offer that I mean I can't go to like just any state university and expect to find them offering that can I?


Video game design is, at best, a half-credit course. It is not a degree.


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Jipstyle wrote:
If you want to be a programmer, get a degree in Computer Science.


Jip hit this spot-on. If you put the cart before the horse you can end up in a ditch. There are many layers of "Game development". All of them, except some of the purely conceptual graphic artists, are founded on a strong Computer science background. Lots of math when you get into Machine learning and AI. Incidentally I also want to be a game designer when I grow up.


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