Congratulations on deciding what you would like to do with your life. Believe it or not, this is often the most difficult step that many college graduates take in moving on with their lives.
But now that you know, you want to know more. And perhaps the first question that comes to mind is, ‘Is it hard to get into a good game design school?’ There is no real need to stress over it- like anything worth doing it all comes down to your dedication and hard work. It can be as hard as you make it, or as simple as relying on your worth, your skills, and your self confidence to see you through to your goals of being a game designer. (*)
Is It Hard To Get Into a Good Game Design School?
This is a relative question. The most competitive programs in the country, in fact in the world, receive thousands upon thousands of applications each year for only a handful of slots. Now, the good news is, most of these applications don’t have the ambition and drive to reach their goals as you do. So your task is to demonstrate this by showing the admissions board your best profile when they are considering your application.
The first step is to make sure you ‘dot your i’s and cross your t’s’ on the application itself. Answer the questions honestly and thoughtfully, and make sure your punctuation and grammar are outstanding. A good game designer has creative skills, but a great game designer proves they pay attention to the details. If this step is done poorly, then chances are the program will not accept you.
What do I Bring to the Table?
Often, a portion of the application is a request for a shared portfolio. It is unlikely it will be required, but rest assured if they are interested in seeing it, you should have one available. As a game design possible student, you don’t need to have a file on games you’ve already completed, but you may wish to bring materials that demonstrate your ideas and creativity. This can include anything from hand drawn sketches of characters or environmental designs, maps of the progress the game you are thinking of will follow, or even sound recording of character voices and special effects. Anything that helps you visualize your ideas to the application folks will be a great nod in your favor.
Are you ready to pursue a career in game design? Get information on programs in your area and online using our game design degree finder at the top of this page. ↑