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Should You Get A Degree In Game Dev? (My Story)

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  • Published on May 30, 2019 veröffentlicht

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  • Thomas Brush
    Thomas Brush  3 years ago +62

    What do you think? Is college worth it? If you are curious about alternative ways, Skillshare is really awesome. Promise. Get two months free (first 500 people!):

  • Brogan King
    Brogan King 3 years ago +508

    I got a masters degree in music, now I'm a full-time programmer, because that's how that works.

  • Chris
    Chris 3 years ago +207

    Here is honestly the best advice I can give:

  • Aman Bhargava
    Aman Bhargava 3 years ago +232

    I got a degree in game dev for about $80,000USD way back in 2010(UOIT, Canada) and the answer is basically, NO DON'T DO IT

  • Phoenix 9
    Phoenix 9 Year ago +10

    I got a degree in motion graphics and animation which led me to game dev. School definetely gave me the discipline to get it done. I wouldnt be where I am without it. There was a time when all this info online wasn't there so school was the option, but now there is a ton of content with the internet.

  • Norma Tu
    Norma Tu 2 years ago +16

    I went to UCSC for a B.S. in games. I come from a low-income family and had 0 EFC (expected family contribution). It cost me $32,000 for 5 years.

  • Phoenix 9
    Phoenix 9 2 years ago +15

    Not gonn lie. My degree was worth it. Went for motion graphics and they taught me graphic design, motion graphics, animation, character creation, modeling, rigging, video editing and much more. Stuff I did not want to do, but glad I did. I learned motion graphics and so much more and now game development but did that on my own.

  • MirkoSon
    MirkoSon 3 years ago +46

    Agreed. I always dreamt to be a game dev since I was a kid with a C64. University in my home town wasn't exciting and I first wasted 2 years in the wrong one, then 7 doing Communication Studies, just to get the damn piece of paper. Then went to England for a Master in Computer Animation, still couldn't find a job in Italy, so I got another Master in Media Content Design in Florence. After that, I finally found a job in an advertisement company in Milan, but in spite of my winding path, those guys needed a Unity developer to make some interactive projects, so, thanks to my proactive attitude I started delivering content through a trial -> error -> success pattern.

  • Astro Sloth

    Two equally true quotes, albeit ~25 years apart:

  • Yannick
    Yannick 3 years ago +3

    I think it’s so interesting to see how different the educational route is in different countries. In Germany you can study “Game Development” or “Game Design” at almost no costs. I think the problem with this system is that the education maybe isn’t valued as much, and a lot of people drop off early.

  • Golden Cum
    Golden Cum 2 years ago +9

    Im 13 right now, Game Design Is Clearly My Passion(for now at least) i started working on my biggest project to date about a month ago, i hope i can prove to my parents and especially myself that i dont need a collage to pursue my dreams, thanks for an amazing video as usual Thomas!

  • NotSoSeriousMax
    NotSoSeriousMax 3 years ago +4

    I love how your life story is so much like my life story. Both passionate indie game dev, went to school then regretted it in the end, have a wife who is a nurse and have a baby girl ahah! It's crazy, but hey! Continue the good work, love your videos. Keep it up man!

  • Jarrod Thériault
    Jarrod Thériault 3 years ago +25

    It’s taking me almost three years to decide on whether I want to be focusing the majority of my time on either graphic design, coding, story telling, music, etc, etc , etc. Spending up to 40k in school would have been a tremendous risk for myself and family to figure that out. Instead Im learning from home and utilizing resources from all over the Internet.

  • Ryan Frank
    Ryan Frank 3 years ago +3

    What are your thoughts on the confidence aspect? Do you think college was important for you to gain confidence in getting out there and doing something on your own? If you hadn't taken the path you did and had to do it over knowing nothing you know now, would you achieve the same things without school...or would you have even tried?

  • Watch me make log books
    Watch me make log books 3 years ago +2

    I agree. At 18 , I went to college dropped out. After building my family of three children, I started again. Now I appreciate my degree . I know that my hard work was because I wanted it for myself not just because it was the normal thing to do after high school. Great video.

  • Game Make
    Game Make 14 days ago

    Am Really much grateful to your honest and bold confession that you did and explained like my elder brother did to me about the REALITY of getting the degrees, passing out from college and getting a kind of 'trust' that you are worth to be employed. You really put out some realistic and relatable points. A HIGHLY VALUABLE GUIDE< ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE ANYONE TO GUIDE, LIKE AN ELDER BROTHER.

  • Cyberlingbot 3D
    Cyberlingbot 3D 3 years ago +69

    It's not worth no 25 30k when you can learn all the same skills for free. For real no one is going to judge your game creation skills based off a degree, it's entirely based off your content you've developed, weather or not it's good content.

  • boiwhybother
    boiwhybother 3 years ago +3

    I kind of feel you tbh, I did an illustration degree because they said I would be looking at graphic novels and game art within it..... it was more like children books and patterns :( Had no idea what I wanted to do in life.

  • qwank tazer
    qwank tazer 2 years ago +18

    So personally for me I went to a state university and got a 4 year degree in comp sci. And now years later I've realized the degree is only a small part of what I got from college. The friends that I've made and the experiences that I've had have fundamentally altered me as a person in a most beautiful way. I truly believe that of u went to college and all u got from it was a degree, u did college wrong. But as for career wise I agree with u

  • Minsan
    Minsan 3 years ago

    This is highly inspiring and a really helpful video for not only game design enthusiasts but also people who's still unsure of what they want in their lives. I am really grateful you spent time in making all these videos and offering all these insights from your perspective and life experiences. Thank you so much!