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Hello everyone. I am a high-school student interested in game programming for the future. I would like to ask of all of you for your help. I would like to know if there are any specialty gamming schools in the USA anywhere, and also wether or not to get a basic degree in college in software engineering or computer science...please post your replies or email me @ videogamesrule@hotmail.com, and make your subject" videogame : college"...thank you...

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Around here, I get that the general concensus is to go to a 4 year college and get a degree in computer science first, and then think about game programming degrees.
The CS degree will benefit you more overall if you don''t get into game programming. And I can almost guarantee that you will be a better programmer if you study computer science in depth. From what I''ve heard, the game schools don''t teach computer science in depth.

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Well, Basically your 2 big options are Digipen, located in Redmond Washington, and Fullsail, located in Florida(Pretty sure, but not 100%). There are also quite a few other schools that offer, but do not specialize in gaming related fields.

I am a digipen student, and I started the 2-year programming degree this year. I''ve found the programming and CS coarses to be really good in my oppinion, perhaps the math classes are somewhat lacking in delivery, but not content. I can''t really speak for fullsail, but what I''ve read in a recent gamedev.net article by a fullsail dropout''s experience personally made me glad I didn''t go there. Check out the article for yourself, I''ll see if I can link you.

If you have any specific questions you can email me. I believe my email should be in my profile.

PS- I agree with Cold_Steel, it may be benifitial to get a CS degree first, depends on how much you already know. Digipen dows cover alot of CS ground though. Again, can''t speak for fullsail, but I don''t believe they cover CS as much.

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http://www.gamedev.net/reference/business/features/fullsailfailure/

Thats teh link to the fullsail article. Its still on the main gamedev.net page also.

BTW, I appologize for the wierd double-post, my nets been acting up lately. Maybe a mod can remove the anonomous one. [Done]

[edited by - Magmai Kai Holmlor on March 5, 2003 11:46:16 PM]

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I''d get a 4 year degree from a conventional college. I graduated with a BS/CS from a technical school (WPI), and there''s a world of opportunities for me, including the video game industry. I don''t wanna sound condensending, but you really don''t know what you want to be doing 4 years down the line, and you don''t want to limit yourself to one path. I started as a bio major at a liberal arts school when i graduated. I realized it wasn''t what i thought it would be, but most of my credits transferred to my new school. I''m not so sure the same would be true of a game school. Believe me, a lot more people transfer out of CS than into it, and game programmers work the longest hours of any profession.

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