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#1 buzzlightyear0   Members   -  Reputation: 101

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:57 AM

Hello, I am new here.

 

I am nearing the end of the university (actually two years left) and I have a arts major. I have recently became interested in programming and I am teaching myself how to program (I am using Java). The problem is the school I am in doesn't have a digital arts program and I am interested in digital arts and programming. I am not sure if continuing an education in either programming or design is a good idea as I want to combine the two but that will mean teaching myself how to digitally design characters and programm. I have been interested in games and kept buying computer games and watch walkthrough videos on them, until high school started and I stopped. Now I don't know much about games. Do I have to know everything about games in order to get into this field? Is self teaching programming and design a good idea or am I better off getting a degree in programming or design?



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#2 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9445

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:35 AM


Three questions...

1. Do I have to know everything about games in order to get into this field?

2. Is self teaching programming and design a good idea or am I better off getting a degree in programming or design?

 

1. No. YOu don't have to know "everything." But you do need to be up to date with games. Read this forum's FAQs.

2. You need to self-teach yourself a fair amount. You need a degree, but it doesn't really matter what the degree is in, if you're going for design. For programmer jobs most companies in North America expect to see a Computer Science degree, but there are other ways into the industry besides programming. Read the FAQs.


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#3 buzzlightyear0   Members   -  Reputation: 101

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:26 AM

I read that you can get a job involving some kind of programming without a degree but how difficult will it be without one?



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:09 PM

I read that you can get a job involving some kind of programming without a degree but how difficult will it be without one?

 

Forty-seven,


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#5 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9445

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:13 PM



 



I read that you can get a job involving some kind of programming without a degree but how difficult will it be without one?

 

Forty-seven,

 

 

That was a bad answer, because it was a bad question. How should someone measure "difficulty"?  It's highly recommended to get the degree, if you want a programming job. It'll be "quite" difficult to get a programming job without one, unless you happen to build an awesome portfolio and apply to a company that's totally pro-self-teaching (anti-degree). Such companies exist, but don't ask for a list, because nobody has one. Have you read those FAQs yet?


-- Tom Sloper
Sloperama Productions
Making games fun and getting them done.
www.sloperama.com

Please do not PM me. My email address is easy to find, but note that I do not give private advice.




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