So you want to break into the video game industry (you want a game biz job). First, you have to know which type of job you want -- if you don't know which you want, you need to read about the game industry and the types of jobs in it. Then you might need to make a decision. Third, you need to be qualified for the job. Fourth, you need to know how to find information and how to ask good questions (you need to not ask bad questions). Finally, we have tips for getting the job.
Hey guys, I am a college student right now working on transferring to a university to finish my bachelors in computer science. I'm very interested in game development as a career and was interested to see what anyone has to say about the Game Design major at UC Santa Cruz if anyone has any information. I am not a fan of game design schools because of the cost and I just don't find them practical to anything BUT game design. So, if anyone has any info on the UC Santa Cruz Game Design major/program, please let me know what you think of it and if you would suggest it over a traditional Computer Science degree from a college like SJSU or UC Berkeley if I am aspiring to be a game developer.
Have you contacted the school directly? Last time I checked their program it required less math and other computer science core courses a than traditional Computer Science degree from a college like SJSU or UC Berkeley so if you dislike math and too much theory it's the way to go. I almost applied for it but thing that changed my mind was that they still require more math/physics than I cared for and being a UC there fees are a lot higher than going to a state college and the recent student riots at UC Santa Cruz and other UC's over the recent 30% fee hike seem to bear this out.
I go to a UC school and I prefer it over the CSUs.
Yes there are fee hikes and riots, but that's to be expected from shortfall of state funding. I wouldn't rule out UC as an option just because of the fee increases (CSUs aren't doing much better).
For the game design major, I'm rather sketchy about it. I think the way its advertised to attract "gamers" to less prestigious colleges makes me suspicious about its viability. I chose the traditional route just to be on the safe side.
However, I do believe since UCSC is offering it that game development degrees are becoming more mainstream, but in my opinion its just not mainstream enough for me.
Since it sounds like like you want to focus on game development or more specifically game programming but still have it be relevant to other fields, I go with a traditional degree and minor in game development or something (from a UC school that is). And yes I like UC.