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So i've applied at the The Art Institute of Vancouver and I've gotten calls back about it, basicly I have a really good chance(lets say for sure even), though my parents are questioning the quality of a one and a half year program. Its 20 hours a week with about 10 hours of homework a week. So for 28,000-30,000(Canadian, overall) is it worth it? What you get at this school is a diploma, but not a degreee, they told me that when looking for Game Programmers they look at the portfolio, rather than a degree. Anyway, if anyone know anything about this school and what kind of income i'm to expect... Also knowing the rates in which people get hired would be good, I think if I finished the course and could'nt get a job, my old man would kill me after paying so much(i'm going *try* to help of course). All this being said I definitely want to be a game programmer, and can't see myself being anything else. Thanks! http://www.artinstitutes.edu/vancouver/

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I actually applied myself late last summer for their "Visual & Game Programming" course, and got accepted and everything... then about a month before I was supposed to go (I applied somewhat late... hadn't paid yet, had just begun talking to them about financial aid options) I suddenly sat back and thought about it and the course and more importantly, the money that I was going to end up dropping to make it all happen. Really, it's a LOT of money... and my parents weren't (and still aren't) in a position to help me out. So basically, I would end up with a huge loan. And for something I wasn't really sure was worth it at the time.

At this point, I had a friend who was attending there (had been for about a year), and was taking their Game Art & Design course. He absolutely loved the school... but I still had the thought in the back of my head that a) I don't know much about what the job opportunities will be like coming out of their school, and b) I've also read that a good portfolio will probably mean a bit more to employers then a diploma from some school.

Anyway, in the end, I decided not to go. My friend graduated this past summer from the game design course, and eventually got a job testing casino games for some company. Not exactly what he went to school for, but I think he's happy that he's somewhat in the industry anyway.

I've been able to talk with some of the other people that were in his class and graduated and the general consensus seems to be that if you went to talk to employers when they came to the school for job fairs and whatever other shows they did, then you increased your chances of being hired out of school by leaps and bounds. However, my friend and a few of his friends who I talked to didn't do this too much, and it looks like they "suffered the consequences." They told me about some of the people they knew in the game programming course who went to all the shows and talked with a lot of employers, and pretty much all of them knew they had jobs before they graduated.

Anyway, I think I've rambled enough... basically, I don't think you can go wrong... from what I've heard, it's a great school. Just make sure you put 110% into your work there, and I think you have a great chance to come out on top.

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I actually applied myself late last summer for their "Visual & Game Programming" course, and got accepted and everything... then about a month before I was supposed to go (I applied somewhat late... hadn't paid yet, had just begun talking to them about financial aid options) I suddenly sat back and thought about it and the course and more importantly, the money that I was going to end up dropping to make it all happen. Really, it's a LOT of money... and my parents weren't (and still aren't) in a position to help me out. So basically, I would end up with a huge loan. And for something I wasn't really sure was worth it at the time.

At this point, I had a friend who was attending there (had been for about a year), and was taking their Game Art & Design course. He absolutely loved the school... but I still had the thought in the back of my head that a) I don't know much about what the job opportunities will be like coming out of their school, and b) I've also read that a good portfolio will probably mean a bit more to employers then a diploma from some school.

Anyway, in the end, I decided not to go. My friend graduated this past summer from the game design course, and eventually got a job testing casino games for some company. Not exactly what he went to school for, but I think he's happy that he's somewhat in the industry anyway.

I've been able to talk with some of the other people that were in his class and graduated and the general consensus seems to be that if you went to talk to employers when they came to the school for job fairs and whatever other shows they did, then you increased your chances of being hired out of school by leaps and bounds. However, my friend and a few of his friends who I talked to didn't do this too much, and it looks like they "suffered the consequences." They told me about some of the people they knew in the game programming course who went to all the shows and talked with a lot of employers, and pretty much all of them knew they had jobs before they graduated.

Anyway, I think I've rambled enough... basically, I don't think you can go wrong... from what I've heard, it's a great school. Just make sure you put 110% into your work there, and I think you have a great chance to come out on top.


Thanks, that was a good post. I'm glad that theres people who enjoyed this school, the fairs sound like wonderful opportunities, that I definitely would want attend. If anyone else has anything to add about my situation, that would be great.

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