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Okay so I'm new to the forum.. I'm a 17 year old ICT student from Bristol, UK with a passion for games. My absolute dream job would be to go into game development, but I'm continually becoming more and more confused on a few things.. hopefully after a few replies in this thread I should have a clearer head. Okay so.. I'm learning to program in a few languages, mainly python and visual basic, and obviously I'd like to go into game development as a programmer, but what I'd love to do most is 3D modelling.. characters, environments, buildings, etc.. The only drawback for me is I cannot draw on paper for the life of me, I just wanted to know if that sort of thing would hold me back in a dream of being a modeller for a studio.. I mean, I know using a 3D modelling package and drawing on paper are two different things but in the industry do they kinda expect their modellers to be very good drawers too? Secondly.. I attend college right now, doing a ND ICT Practitioners.. it's a very general subject but when I finish it i'd like to go into university for something very specific.. the only problem is I don't know what. As mentioned I'd love to be a 3D modeller, but universities in england don't seem to offer very relevant courses.. Infact, the closest course I could find in my home city was this one.. http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/G611/2008 It mentions 3D modelling but it is mentioned among other subjects too.. (programming, animation, AI etc) so it seems like kind of a general course.. After completing that degree would I be considered educated enough on paper to go into game development? I don't really know what to say.. I'm not sure what I want to specialise in the industry, all I know is I eat, sleep and breathe games, and it's my absolute dream. Thank you for any replies in advance.

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After completing that degree would I be considered educated enough on paper to go into game development?

1. Is it a 4-year degree, like a bachelors' (baccalaureate)?
2. No.

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Tom, bachelors' degrees in the UK are typically only 3 years.

MrJoey, in my opinion, the course there looks to be a good all-rounder course but will not be enough to start you off as either a programmer or an artist without you doing a lot of work on the side to build up your skills. I'm sure there are other degrees available in the UK which specialise more and would prepare you better for work, but which won't have the interesting variety. I would advise you widen your search to places further afield, because you don't want to skimp on your education at this point if the job is important to you.

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I'm pretty sure you would need to have a good traditional Art portfolio to be considered for an art degree even a 3d one, there are plenty of courses all over the UK if you look around. Although you could do a foundation year which may help you get on to an art course.

For example - University of Teesside

There are also other courses at Hull, Abertay, Bournemouth, Huddersfield to name a few more.

Decide one way or the other what you want to do then go from there. But be prepared for a LOT of hard work.

Bachelor degrees can be 4 year if you are planning on an industry placement.

Hope this helps

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