While there are many ways to learn Game Development, I firmly believe that ‘Game Schools’ are an increasingly attractive option for many people. This having been said, they aren’t for everyone, and even if you would like to attend one, unfortunately they aren’t available to everyone.
One of the most common requests I’ve received is for advice on what to do if a Game School isn’t a realistic option. This is the case for many of you, whether due to financial restrictions, geographical restrictions, or other factors such as age.
I’m going to try to give you some starting points for self-directed learning. I’ve known a lot of developers who are self-taught, so it is certainly possible to do, but there will be some big challenges ahead.
I’ll start by providing you with some tools and techniques to structure your learning, and then give you some tools and resources to start you off with Game Design, 3D Art or Programming.
Choosing the right game school can be overwhelming. There are many out there, and many factors to consider: faculty, placement numbers, awards and reputation. I’d like to help narrow down your choices by focusing on the best cities to consider for game school.
Obviously not everyone is able to move for college/university, and it can make a lot of sense to stay at home. If you are able to relocate, I’d recommend choosing one of the cities listed below.
So you’re interested in enrolling, or have already enrolled in a game development program – maybe at one of the big schools like Digipen or Fullsail, maybe a local option in your hometown, or maybe you are moving to attend school in one of the big game development hubs, such as San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Austin, Vancouver or Montreal.
There are hundreds of game development programs in North America alone, each graduating up to 150 students per year. That is a lot of competition. I aim to help you stand out from the crowd. More…