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black_light 01-17-2012 06:06 AM

Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Hi,
I have a Bachelor's degree in game programming and recently got a job. I am interested in game design and I am considering getting a Post-graduate degree in that sometime next year from US or Canada.

Is this a good way to become a game designer ? Any advice I get will be useful.

tsloper 01-17-2012 07:56 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by black_light (Post 27684)
I have ... a job. I am ... considering getting a Post-graduate degree in [game design]... Is this a good way to become a game designer ?

There are numerous good ways, and this one sounds like it is among the numerous good ways. This job that you have now -- is it in games?
http://www.igda.org/games-game-june-2011

black_light 01-17-2012 08:17 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Yeah, the company I am working in makes games but it only develops web and mobile games. I would like to work on PC and console games.

tsloper 01-17-2012 09:02 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Okay, then read this too:
http://www.igda.org/games-game-august-2003
When you say "only... web and mobile games," you put down some very important platforms. But if you don't want to be pigeonholed, then yes, you could quit your current job and go get that Masters.

black_light 01-18-2012 05:42 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Thanks for your reply

With "only... web and mobile games," I meant that since they make only web and mobile games (which are mostly clones of other more popular games) there isn't much game design work here. I would like to work on "bigger" video games.

I have researched colleges that offer Game Design courses and right now I think Sheridan College suits my needs. Does anyone here have experience with the Game Level Design course they offer ? I would also like to know more about job opportunities for international students after course completion (Canada offers post-study work permits which is valid for the same length as the course, which in my case will be 1 year).

tsloper 01-18-2012 07:43 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by black_light (Post 27689)
I would also like to know more about job opportunities for international students after course completion (Canada offers post-study work permits which is valid for the same length as the course, which in my case will be 1 year).

You need to do intense study on the immigration laws in Canada. I assume that Canadian companies would be as reluctant as US companies to go through the paperwork necessary to hire a foreigner.
http://www.igda.org/games-game-july-2011
http://sloperama.com/advice/m72.htm

black_light 01-19-2012 06:12 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
I went through the links. besides that any advice on improving employability?

tsloper 01-19-2012 06:28 AM

Re: Postgraduate in design after graduating in programming
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by black_light (Post 27699)
I went through the links. besides that any advice on improving employability?

FAQ 27 and FAQ 24:
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson27.htm
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson24.htm


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