I’m new to the forum and I’m seriously considering taking a Games Dev
course at my local Uni next year if I can get in…
I’m currently working as an SEO Analyst / Technical Assistant for an SEO
Company but I’d like a change of career as I’ve always wanted to be a
Games Developer, since I was like 6 years old.
I’ve read recently that a VP of Codemasters has stated that he’d rather
hire someone with a Computer Science degree than a Games Dev degree,
also if you cannot get into games development you can do so much more
with a Comp Sci degree.
What do you guys all think? What have you taken and got etc…
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Hi Ninpo and welcome to DevMaster.
A computer science degree is an accredited degree that trains you to
become a self-sufficient computer programmer, scientist, and researcher.
This enables you to research new advanced topics and theories to apply
in your work. Often you see this in the games industry as someone
inventing a new real time lighting algorithm, or a new way to adopt
physics on the GPU, new rendering techniques, and so forth. You don’t
need to have a background in games development to become one. A comp sci
graduate would possess the aptitude to find and learn more about the
field. A game dev course is more or less designed to get you up and
running with game development. It doesn’t train you to think about
hardware, performance metrics, researching, algorithms, etc. It’s
analogous to a giving a man a fish to eat for a day vs teaching a man to
fish to eat for life.
Of course, not everyone needs either. All it really takes is dedication
to push yourself to success. A comp sci degree is more or less proof
that you are capable of doing the aforementioned. You could easily prove
yourself with a solid portfolio.
Thanks for the info TheNut.
I’d be more interested in the artistic side, possibly animation over
As I’ve a background in Art & Design, Fine Art etc… I did take a
course in Software Development however…
Based on that I think the Comp Sci is probably the better course.
I’m just aware of the face that a Games Dev course might teach me how to
use designing software like Maya etc… Whereas a Comp Sci course might
I can tell you right now if your go with art animation. be prepared for
some rough spots. where you work freelance or create your own stories or
games, what have you and make money of it. your a lot less likely to
work a regular 9-5 in your field unless you create the job. because
there simply arent that many positions. for you to work in. Im not
trying to disuade you. but be aware your going into something that will
put you thru some changes and test you.
the people that do art and animation as a profession more often than not
feel a need to do it. you would be surprised how tough artist actually
are. life cannot make them stop doing art. Im saying this. so you dont
get art and animation confused with something like a computer science
degree. which can be used in a general or generic way. computer science
is multi purpose. art and animation is not.
you really need to be aware of this before you jump in
Thanks for that tyree, I am aware of the difference between and &
animation and Comp Sci but thatnks for claifying.
Hello everyone….This is my first post and i came here to enjoy and
want to share and get some knowledge from here.
I agree with tyree, I had a GA working with me and when the company had
financial problems he was offered a proper salary to go back to being a
driver on London underground.
He turned down the job and hung on so he could continue doing graphics.
He went without food for 3 days so his kids could eat, but still
wouldn’t go back to being a train driver.