UC Santa Cruz Game Design,
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 06:19 PM
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:05 PM
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
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.
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.