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Things you should know about game designing….

Many people dreamed about becoming a game designers/graphic designers (including me). Designing the next part of that unforgettable game you could not get hooked off from. For example that cool character, or designing a scene where the player feels the fear creeping down their spine . . . . Well before we let the horse run of with us to dreamland, there are some crucial information everybody should know. Like the schooling required, the salary to be expected, and so on.

Game Designer, Illustrator

Game Designer, Illustrator


A short but compact history of game designers, starts in the cave with the carvings telling the way of life of the people (Ok, not that far back). The industry of video games was said to grow 67.9% from to 2012 by The Bureau of Labor. Since then the employment of graphic designers are expected to increase 10% from 2006 to 2016. Their where 261,000 jobs in 2006, the 25% of the designers were self employed. Today many of the firms employing graphic designers, have employed more and more people from outside the United States, and tendencies show that this direction is becoming even stronger.

Salary
In 2002 the graphic designers salary was between $35,000 and $75,000. In 2006 the average game designer earned between $30,600 and $53,310, and the highest salary was said to be $113,000, with ownership/partnership occupation. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of graphic designers were:

Specialized design services $43,410
Advertising and related services $41,600
Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers $34,290
Printing and related support activities $33,930
Newspaper publishers $31,540

Recommended Education

A bachelor’s or an associate degree in graphic design is usually what is required to receive employment. The associate degree takes up 2 to 3 years in a professional schools.

The skills that are usually covered in the schools above, is learning a few basic computer programming languages, for example C++, Maya, 3DS MAX, Softimage XSI. But of course not all the occupations as seen below require the knowledge of theese computer programming languages.

The different job opprutunities at a game designing company.

Concept / Storyboard Artists

Where the ideas and the main scenes are sketched that resemble a comic strip or book. Where the main features of the characters and the moods are put on paper.

Character Artists & Animators
Possesing a firm knowledge on basics of the programming languages, for example C++, Delphi, 3ds Max, with only mentionning a few used for game designing. This step create the characters, and objects that are a key factor in the game.
Level Designers
Here is where the good group working skills are needed, since usually this is done in a team where they design the scenerey/background. It is cruical for the designers to see the whole design in 3D in their head, to know where the player can move, what objects have be placed, etc. This gives the ‘breath’ of the game, as the players feel the chill from the icy weather. If the design is flat the whole project is likely to fail.
Texture Artists
Though this may sound like one of the lousiest job in the game designing, if you give it a second thought you will see that the gleaming of the car, or the texture if the frost, etc.
Video Game Programming
This is the motor that makes the game running. For this there are many programming languages that can be used but the most widely known are: Visual Basic, Java, C++, Mel, etc. It’s recommended to know more program language than one.
Interface Designers
Get to design the menus, and and buttons used for the interface of the games.
Video Game Sound Designer
This field is still a field where great changes are expected. Though today there are schools that give students a basic for the job, a few years ago had to learn the basics of audio technician on the job. But this is also a key element for a prized game.
Video Game Tester
Here is where many people get excited, since your work basicly covers playing games. But don’t get too excited since a lot more is needed than meets the eye.

The new career opportunity for the future generation.

The game industry is growing and game companies are now looking for young and talented people that can help them produce the next big hit. Do you have a passion for games and dream about making games for a living? Is it possible for a guy or gal like you to be one of those lucky people who actually makes it? It is not only possible, but there has never been a better time to enter in to this multi billion dollar industry. But before you pursue a career as a game designer you’ll need the right training to get started.

Below are some of the best video game design schools and colleges in the US & Online that N4G has partnered with. If you want to find out more about this career opportunity you can fill out a short online form from each school and they will contact you with more information about taking a degree in game design.

Recommended Game Design Schools

DeVry University – Bachelor’s Degree, Game Programming
DeVry’s Game and Simulation Programming curriculum will prepare you for taking on various development roles in the game industry. These roles include programmer, software engineer, game designer and project coordinator.
Westwood College – Game Software Development
You can now take an education in game design through Westwood’s online program. If you are working towards a career in the game industry but don’t have any campuses nearby that offers any educational programs in game design or game software development, taking your game design degree online might be the best choice.

ITT Technical Institute
The ITT Technical Institute is one of the leading schools offering technology education. They have over 100 locations in 34 states and three online programs available in some of today’s hottest technical areas. If you plan to work with the production of games The ITT Technical Institute can give you an education that will prepare you for this. This has become one of the most popular schools listed on this page.

GameDesignDigital Media Arts College (DMAC)
3D computer animations are everywhere. You will find it in the latest movies, in TV shows and of course in computer and video games. The demand for skilled 3D animators is growing, and getting proper education is more important than ever for those seeking a career as a 3D computer animator and artist. Amongst the very best 3D computer animation schools is Digital Media Arts College (DMAC). Digital Media Arts College empowers you to expand your creative career-fast-only 3 years to a BFA, and 1-½ years to an MFA.

Study Game Design at Collins College
At Collins College you can take a Bachelor of Arts Game Design Degree (BA), and learn everything you need to start a career in the game industry. Their game design program covers everything from the planning of a game to the finished product.