Hi guys… I will soon complete my bachelor’s degree and I am applying
for Master of Interactive Technology Degree in Guildhall at SMU. Since
I’m from India, the admission requirements for international students
have the following as one of their requirements,
“An essay describing the applicant’s motivation, interests and life
experiences as they relate to an interest in pursuing a professional
career in digital game development. Applicants to the production
specialization should also address the motivation behind their interest
in pursuing a career as a game producer and how the applicant would
impact the industry as a producer.”
Here, producer refers to the applicant in the areas of specialization:
Art Creation, Level Design, Production, Software Development. I am
choosing Software Development as my specialization. The problem is, I
have no clue on what to write on the essay. Basically, I didn’t
understand clearly as to what the paragraph above completely meant. If
anyone could lend a hand on this, duly appreciated. I am very proficient
in English, so not a problem on writing skills. Just have a problem with
the content. Thank you. :)
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Basically, you do not want to write only your knowledge and what you are
capable of just to get the job, this is not a résumé. What you need to
write is what you think the industry need from which this is what you
believe and want to pursue and in turn will impact this industry, and if
your believes are correct, the impact will be positive and so will your
More like an astronomer who believe there are aliens on the dark side of
the moon and devote his life to prove it. When he proves it, the impact
on humans would be astronomical.
I can only hope I’m correct and this will help you.
So, basically, I have to write my aims and goals and how that will
impact or affect the industry positively. Thanks for clarifying that.
Can anything else be derived from their statement above? Duly
To me it sounds like you need to write what you have been doing in the
past regarding software development (have some hobby projects?
Participated in some game industry events? Relevant internships?) and
why you are interested in pursuing a career as a software developer in
the game industry? Do you have a specific field of interest (physics,
graphics, gameplay/AI, etc)? What are you exited about in software
engineering? What your vision is for the future development in the
software development area you are planning to pursue? I think you need
to convince them this is something you truly want and have somewhat
realistic expectations instead of being merely a dreamer who hasn’t
bothered to do anything to reach those dreams.
Ohhh… I see! If that’s what it means, then I can write loads of stuff
on that. Thanks for the clarity. I can now write a lot on it and build
up on that. Thanks for helping me understand, Alienizer and JarkkoL.