Didn’t you dream about becoming a game designer at one point in your life, especially when you were a kid? It sounds cool, right? Creating new games, or improving the games you enjoyed playing as a kid. What isn’t fun about that? Here is some information you might need to know before you become a game designer.
- Chances are, you’re already on your way to becoming a game designer, you play a lot of games – video games, that is, whether you like the game or not, because you like learning new things. So, that should put you one the starting line to becoming one in the future. You’re observant, analytical, and study the designs of every game you play.
- But to start your career or become a game designer, earning a degree in Fine Arts, that would be a great asset to you. Much better if it’s a degree in graphic design for you will be working with computers, remember you’ll be making video games. While earning your bachelor’s degree, earn some experience through an internship, look for on the job trainings that would give you course credit, through your school classified ads or over the Internet. That would be a big help once you apply after earning your graphic design degree, it shows that you have experience, no matter how little it may be.
- Big gaming companies sometimes hire designers right out of college, so be sure to attend job fairs and apply where you can. They are looking for fresh blood and fresh ideas, because game designing is much like a being a stylist: innovation is the key. When applying, be confident, sell yourself, pitch your ideas as casually as possible. Game designing, is a demanding yet laid back job.
You’ve had the coursework while in college, you’ve had your internship, and you know you have a good record in making deadlines and handling pressure. Be sure to ask for references from old professors and internship leaders before heading out on interviews. Chances are, they will give your references a call, ask about your work ethic and potential. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, let your creativity soar! Video game design can be a fun and rewarding career.