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Worth doing? ICSLearn Course in Video Game Design & Development

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Is this course worth doing? Is it recognized and valued by the industry? Course Details Link Video Game Design & Development As computer games continue to increase in popularity, so does the need for developers who can design new and innovative games. This course provides you with the skills you need to succeed in this challenging but exciting field. What’s more, unlike some courses in programming, everything you’ll learn is specifically geared towards game design and development. Course Overview Study C++, the powerful programming language used by professional game developers. Discover how to program 3D graphics with DirectX 9, examining everything from the basics to the use of lighting and textures to add detail. Learn the fundamental mathematics essential for game development. Explore the complex world of artificial intelligence in order to make your computer-controlled characters as life-like as possible. Examine how physics can be used in game design to create accurate and believable car movements, trajectories, and so on. Pre-requisites You should have a reasonable familiarity with computers and at least a pass at GCSE level mathematics (or equivalent). No previous programming experience is required. Qualification ICS/GES (Gatlin Education Services) Certificate in Video Game Design and Development Support and benefits * Gatlin Education Services, specialists in online certification programmes, have developed all the course material, which is provided entirely through online learning * Gain a recognised certificate * Access to a dedicated tutor to mentor and motivate you throughout * Access to the Gatlin and ICS online Student Communities, allowing you to interact with other students and browse our resource library Course Code: 901 Key topics * C++ Programming for Game Developers# * Graphics Programming with DirectX 9 * Maths Primer and Game Mathematics * Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers * Physics for Game Developers Hours of study 4 years / 500 hours Technical requirements and fees Cost= 1799.99GBP Minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows 98/2000//XP; Pentium III+/AMD Athlon Processor (750MHz); 256 MB RAM; 3D Hardware Accelerator with 128MB on-board memory; DirectX 9.0/OpenGL compliant Disk. You’ll complete a number of assessments throughout your course, which are submitted to your tutor online.

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depends on whether you mean with, or instead of a degree

I don't know if you'll get a look if you don't have a degree, but it's your ONLY option, then it's definately better than nothing

if you're thinking of doing it, and you have/plan to get a degree, if it'll teach you something you can't learn on your own, i'd say go for it

I know a degree is important to get into the industry, but i don't know how absolute that is, but considering how competitive i've heard the games industry is, i'd assume that you'd have to be Carmack brilliant to get into it without university

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I am interested, because I looked already to find an online degree in video games, but it's hard to find something at an affordable price. What I saw is mostly american degrees that costs 30000$ to 40000$

This one looks quiet cheap in comparison. But with 4 years studies shouldn't you expect some bachelor degree at the end? I am not sure if this one is recognised.

[Edited by - VinzO on November 19, 2008 3:32:00 AM]

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