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I suppose this might be slightly against the rules of this forum and I apologize for this fact. However I have done some extensive research in this regard and I cant find a clear career path for a game designer.So once again,sorry.

I am a finance student(first red flag) who is pursuing his Indian equivalent of a CPA/ACCA.I expect to complete this course by April 2019 since I have to do a three year intern first.Dropping out of this course would be a complete no-no because my parents are pretty insistent and I would of course need their support if I were to continue my education abroad.

I am an excellent story teller with minimal programming experience(C++-School Level) who loves the idea of a job where you have to craft worlds characthers gameplay elements etc.

I have come to understand that a game designer is by no means an entry level role and one would require a degree proficiency in either art or programming to truly be successful.

So my questions are

1.What can I do/learn during my three years of internships to boost my chances of becoming a game designer

2.Should I be planning on taking an undergraduate degree.If so should it be a programming degree or one geared specifically towards game design.

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a. I suppose this might be slightly against the rules of this forum
b. I have done some extensive research in this regard and I cant find a clear career path for a game designer.
c. I am a finance student(first red flag) who is pursuing his Indian equivalent of a CPA/ACCA.I expect to complete this course by April 2019 since I have to do a three year intern first.Dropping out of this course would be a complete no-no because my parents are pretty insistent and I would of course need their support if I were to continue my education abroad.
d. I have come to understand that a game designer is by no means an entry level role and one would require a degree proficiency in either art or programming to truly be successful.
1.What can I do/learn during my three years of internships to boost my chances of becoming a game designer
2.Should I be planning on taking an undergraduate degree.If so should it be a programming degree or one geared specifically towards game design.


a. Yes, you were in the wrong forum (For Beginners is a technical forum). Now you're in the right one (Game Industry Job Advice). You should read this forum's FAQs.
b. There isn't one! That's why you couldn't find one. There are as many paths to game design as there are game designers.
c. Old familiar story. Read FAQ 89: http://www.sloperama.com/advice/m89.htm
d. Not necessarily. Read FAQ 3: http://www.sloperama.com/advice/designprep.htm and FAQ 85: http://www.sloperama.com/advice/m85.htm
1. Everything. Watch the YouTube video, Extra Credits: So You Want To Be A Game Designer
2. If your parents aren't going to permit you to get a non-finance degree and you can't afford to do it, then why ask the question? You can become a game designer by designing games and helping others with their indie/amateur/student projects. Read this forum's FAQs: from this forum's main page (http://www.gamedev.net/forum/101-game-industry-job-advice/) look for "Getting Started" at the right side, and click "Click here to see the FAQs" (http://www.gamedev.net/page/reference/faq.php/_/breaking-into-the-industry-r16) some of the links need to be updated, I know - just report those here and I'll fix them. Edited by Tom Sloper

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1. I would suggest that you start coding in whatever language is convient for you. C#, VB, CPP, Python, whatever. Keep your projects very small in scope with clearly defined goals. Also grab a lightweight 3d modeller (I suggest deled) and experiment. Explore and figure out what you enjoy and what you are good at. You'll need to know both skillsets in some capacity as a designer anyway.
2. You'll need the degree (piece of paper) to get a paying job. I would worry about that later though. I would focus on teaching yourself the skills first given your resources.

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