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December 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm #7968AnonymousInactive
Hi, first off merry xmas and happy new year :)
I’ve been taking some time over the hols to look at games development degrees and I’ve hit a snag I can’t seem to answer.
From what I can tell many people advise that if you’re interested in the programming side of things to go for a computer science course rather than a games development course – the idea being you’ll come out with better raw coding skills.
I’m interested in the other side of games making, the creative one if you will: modelling, animation, level design, texturing, sound and so on (specifically modelling & level design, they’re what I’ve always loved doing in mods I’ve worked with… nothing huge but I’ve always enjoyed it).
So with that in mind is it best to go for a games development course or is there some other course type to look for (the ‘computer science’ for the creative side, if you get me)?? The coding side of a games development course doesn’t bother me, just wondering if it’s a case of "look for multimedia courses, they’ll give you better modelling skills" for example.
I did search as much as I could but couldn’t find a good answer… it was 2 am so it may have been staring me in the face, apologies if it’s glaringly obvious. :)
December 31, 2010 at 9:15 pm #46546AnonymousInactive
Welcome to the forums.
My advice is as follows. Ring the company (or companies) you want to work for in 3-5 years time. Ask them what their requirements are for level designers, modellers, texture artists etc.
Most places are likely to tell you do to focus on traditional art skills and therefore a traditional art degree. sketching, lighting, proportions, life drawing, all those skills transfer (and act as a foundation for) character modelling. Some end-of-year projects along the way which showcase your progress.
As for options here in Ireland, I recommend you check out IADT as it has a solid reputation and I think some 2D/3D papers (subjects) in years two and three.
Some CAD or architectural visualisations training will also transfer over if level design is the field you like and want to stick with.
LYIT in Donegal, and UU Magee in Derry City both have excellent reputations for their design departments.
Hope this helps.
December 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm #46547AnonymousInactive
and maybe check this out also:
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