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Ok I love playing games,I love reading about games, well put it this way, I am an addict to the video game industry!! So i decided to learn how to make them, not by reading a book or something,I want to do it so i could work for EA or ION STORM.. So i decided to go to college and get a bachelors degree in Game art design . CHECK LINK http://www.aisf.artinstitutes.edu/programs_detail.asp?pid=9&dtid=3&display=program&programname=Game%20Art%20And%20Design I am set on doing it ,its going to cost around 65000 dollars for 3 years, after that they would get u a job in some fancy game company. Anyway my questions are. 1-What do u think of it?? 2-I am not the best in Math nor Physics,I cant draw !! But i am ready to learn. Do u think I would be able to survive?? Please give me your opinion specially if u ever entered something similar to this college. Thanks

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College is not something you do so you can start a new career. College is what you do when you have some idea and want to expound on it.

I went to college with a major in Electronic Engineering. Nothing was as irritating as being in the first year classes with people who had never even picked up a screwdriver! These people woke up one morning and said to themselves...

"I have never had any interest in electronics, yet there is good money to be made in the field. I think I''ll go to school for 3 years and get into the field!"

That is not how things work. Hate to break it to ya.

Also - if you can''t draw at all, what made you decide on an ART DEGREE!?! Ok, I am normally pretty optomistic towarrds nearly everything, but it seems to me that you haven''t realy thought things through.

Oh well,
Landsknecht

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That''s a good school. I have a friend who went there - after he got his BA. Really hard core school for art.

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I am set on doing it ,its going to cost around 65000 dollars for 3 years,


At that price, it had better be good - Don''t forget to factor in the cost of living in San Francisco - one of the most expensive places to live in the US. $1500+/mo rent for a tiny studio apt.

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...after that they would get u a job in some fancy game company.


Um... don''t believe this. The truth is you will ultimately be the one that gets yourself a job with some fancy game company. In fact, I would suggest that you start looking after your first year so that by your third year you will have found a job that you like.

Since you say that you aren''t much of an artist, I would suggest that you enroll in some art courses at the local junior college to and get your feet wet inexpensively. If you find that you have the knack and the desire for art, then ASF is a good place to go.

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College is not something you do so you can start a new career. College is what you do when you have some idea and want to expound on it.

I went to college with a major in Electronic Engineering. Nothing was as irritating as being in the first year classes with people who had never even picked up a screwdriver! These people woke up one morning and said to themselves...

"I have never had any interest in electronics, yet there is good money to be made in the field. I think I''ll go to school for 3 years and get into the field!"

That is not how things work. Hate to break it to ya.

Also - if you can''t draw at all, what made you decide on an ART DEGREE!?! Ok, I am normally pretty optomistic towarrds nearly everything, but it seems to me that you haven''t realy thought things through.

Oh well,
Landsknecht


I completely agree. It is rather frustrating to hear some of the questions people ask in my computer science classes at DePaul.
Imagine that everyone in your assembly programming class is supposed to have had at least 3 C++/programming courses plus one survey of computer science course. How could someone, in the middle of the quarter, ask this question:
"Excuse me, but what''s a parse?"
What''s a parse?! My gosh, do you even realize what the computer does when you program?! Sheesh.
Anyway, I say having ambition is one thing, but a very important thing to do is to keep learning. Learn all you can outside of class as well as inside.
When I started, I wanted to be super computer programmer, making the best games (er, applications, if you talked to my parents). I have looked back at some of my emails that I sent to the email server''s administrator and laughed at my naiveness.
Wanna laugh? When you get about a couple of months or years experience under you, make sure you saved your old emails to admins and teachers as well as your first papers so that you can look at them and realize how much you have learned since then.

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Also - if you can''t draw at all, what made you decide on an ART DEGREE!?! Ok, I am normally pretty optomistic towarrds nearly everything, but it seems to me that you haven''t realy thought things through.

Oh well,
Landsknecht




Well i really would like to learn!

Is the game industry is all about drawing??
What about sound? Game level design and much more?
You are make in ot sound like it is over for me :-(

My question is if i cant draw , Am i just doomed not to become a game programmer?
By the way i am 24 years old.

Thanks to all the responses

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Sorry, I don´t know anything about THAT school. It sure sounds expensive, though!!

Anyway, I don''t think you should give up just because you can´t draw. Using Texas Lutheran University''s words: Don''t get a degree, get an education! With practice you should be able to learn to draw pretty well, I think (I''ve seen this before!!)

And in case you don''t, there is MUCH more in game programming that just knowing how to draw!! Learn computer algorithms, computer languages, AI, etc., etc.

Maybe some other school might be better??


Best of lucks, and remember: DON''T GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS, EVER!!!


Regards


Robert Ferraro

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Sorry, I don´t know anything about THAT school. It sure sounds expensive, though!!

Anyway, I don''t think you should give up just because you can´t draw. Using Texas Lutheran University''s words: Don''t get a degree, get an education! With practice you should be able to learn to draw pretty well, I think (I''ve seen this before!!)

And in case you don''t, there is MUCH more in game programming that just knowing how to draw!! Learn computer algorithms, computer languages, AI, etc., etc.

Maybe some other school might be better??


Best of lucks, and remember: DON''T GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS, EVER!!!


Regards


Robert Ferraro



Thanks Robert :-)
I really want to do this and I will.

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Ok, we need to clarify something... You keep talking about game programming, yet you are going to an art school. Programming and art are VERY different things. I would bet dollars to donuts that most of the programmers on this site can''t draw to save their lives! I know I can''t! That is why we have artists. The drawing is their job. Our job is to put their pretty pictures on the screen and breath life into them.

You might want to figure out exactly what it is you want to do. It sounds like you might be confusing a few things. If my earlier post sounded to harsh, please forgive me... I was running on very little sleep.

If it is something you realy want to do, then good luck - but the road is not easy...

Oh well,
Landsknecht

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. . . I would bet dollars to donuts that most of the programmers on this site can''t draw to save their lives!


Yup My girlfriend makes fun of the mountain tiles I have in my game because they look like .. err ... mushroom caps

My two cents are this:
Look into whatever field you want to go into first - try to learn some basic things about it. See if it really fascinates you. And then decide if you want to go into it. It may be that game design/game art/game programming are not what you envision now, though what you discover may be even more up your alley than whatever your preconcieved notions are.

Honestly, I''m considering a dual major or switching to History in school now, as I want to further more of my passions than just the programming, which lord knows I''ll continue doing regardless of what ever else I''m doing!

Good luck to you whatever you decide.

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You may try looking into Full Sail. It is a fairly new school in Florida. I used to live about 30min from there. They have a really nice campus and is souly for techies. They have many different degree programs. One that you would be interested in is "Game Design" Check it out: FullSail.com

also, florida is a hell of alot better to live in than California and plus EA is based there...

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