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#1 Kaiser Phellos   Members   -  Reputation: 100

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 06:19 PM

Hey guys, I am a college student right now working on transferring to a university to finish my bachelors in computer science. I'm very interested in game development as a career and was interested to see what anyone has to say about the Game Design major at UC Santa Cruz if anyone has any information. I am not a fan of game design schools because of the cost and I just don't find them practical to anything BUT game design. So, if anyone has any info on the UC Santa Cruz Game Design major/program, please let me know what you think of it and if you would suggest it over a traditional Computer Science degree from a college like SJSU or UC Berkeley if I am aspiring to be a game developer. Thanx!

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:05 PM

Have you contacted the school directly?
Last time I checked their program it required less math and other computer science core courses a than traditional Computer Science degree from a college like SJSU or UC Berkeley so if you dislike math and too much theory it's the way to go.
I almost applied for it but thing that changed my mind was that they still require more math/physics than I cared for and being a UC there fees are a lot higher than going to a state college and the recent student riots at UC Santa Cruz and other UC's over the recent 30% fee hike seem to bear this out.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:33 PM

I go to a UC school and I prefer it over the CSUs.

Yes there are fee hikes and riots, but that's to be expected from shortfall of state funding. I wouldn't rule out UC as an option just because of the fee increases (CSUs aren't doing much better).

For the game design major, I'm rather sketchy about it. I think the way its advertised to attract "gamers" to less prestigious colleges makes me suspicious about its viability. I chose the traditional route just to be on the safe side.

However, I do believe since UCSC is offering it that game development degrees are becoming more mainstream, but in my opinion its just not mainstream enough for me.

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Since it sounds like like you want to focus on game development or more specifically game programming but still have it be relevant to other fields, I go with a traditional degree and minor in game development or something (from a UC school that is). And yes I like UC.




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