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Old 09-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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UAT or ASU?

I'm in Phoenix, and have attended Arizona State now for two years. I've bounced around to many different majors figuring out where I wanted to be, and I decided on programming. Game programming to be specific.

I've read hundreds of articles on the merits of both, but what it boils down to at this point is a job, and the transferability of the degree in case the game industry doesn't work out. UAT has a general computer science degree, along with a game programming degree. Plus the networking. ASU, however, has the traditional software engineering discipline with an established name. Plus it's cheaper.

Which one will prepare me better for industry standards? Is networking and the ability to build a portfolio during school worth the price of UAT?

Perhaps someone close to the industry has some answers?

Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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1. UAT or ASU? Which one will prepare me better for industry standards?
2. Is networking during school worth the price of UAT?
3. Is the ability to build a portfolio during school worth the price of UAT?
4. Perhaps someone close to the industry has some answers?
1. Both will prepare you just fine. Any school where you can get a CS degree will give you the necessary degree line on your résumé, then it's up to you to build a great portfolio.
2. "Worth" is subjective. Only YOU can decide if it's worth it for YOU.
3. You shouldn't plan to build your portfolio during school. While you're in school, you're still learning the stuff you are trying to prove expertise with. Plan to build your portfolio after school, after you have polished your skills.
4. Perhaps, but it doesn't matter, because this MUST be YOUR decision, because it's YOUR life. You must NOT try to live your life to satisfy the expectations or "requirements" of others. You should make a decision grid to choose between your two school options. See http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson25.htm - decide what criteria are most important to YOU, then figure out how those two schools stack up, then add up the results.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #3
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And maybe this will help, too: http://www.igda.org/games-game-august-2011
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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Thanks a ton! Ultimately I'm leaning towards ASU, they've just established a new "Software Engineering" degree, where I can focus on game programming. It's hands-on like a game school, but also teaches general software best practices. Likewise, the last two years of school, we focus on and build a whole game engine.

I think that's a great portfolio piece to work on during school, and like you said I should also work on it afterwards. I appreciate your quick response!
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