How to Become Video Game Designer
Growth Trends for Related Jobs
Becoming a video game designer requires a strong knowledge of computer technology skills, and training in industry related skills. Video game designers can train in a traditional classroom setting with hands-on creating components, or online. Jobs in the video game designing field allow designers to make money, while creating exciting and interactive computer and gaming system products.
Learn the terms and skills associated with video game related careers. Video game designers are also referred to as graphic designers. Prospective video gamer designers must be familiar with photography, special effects, graphic design, and 3D animation. Talent and inspiration are integral aspects associated with this career, but successful designers must also be educated in current techniques and graphic animation. Enrolling in either online or traditional courses in graphic design is the first requirement in jump-starting a career in video game design. Most employers will not consider an applicant, which doesn’t boast at least some training. A certificate of coursework, workshop, or a two-year degree in graphic design is the building blocks of a successful career in video game design.
Earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts, four-year degree in graphic design. This will open more doors for a novice graphic designer. Entry-level positions in established companies do not always consider designers with less education. A four-year degree program also offers a practicum component to the education process. This allows new video game designers to show actual on the job experience, making the candidate more attractive to potential employers. Students in this type of education program create their own video game during prior to graduation, offering a real example of the skill level possessed during job interviews.
Apply for a video game design job, during industry career nights. Major video game companies such as Nintendo, PlayStation, and Wii network with educational institutions during job fairs and career nights. Students become potential employees during these events. Video game designers should approach the company representatives with confidence and a short, rehearsed verbal resume, and if possible sample game for the representative.
Offer references. Hiring representatives will be seeking video game designers who have a proven track record of meeting deadlines, and well as problem solving skills. Novice designers may have to rely on course instructors and practicum evaluators to provide a work history assessment. Students should be aware of the high value placed on completing a task, working out “bugs” in a program, exhibiting problem-solving skills, and dealing with stress and deadlines when they first begin the education process. Lack of time management skills and mental meltdowns due to programming frustrations can kill the career of a video game designers, regardless of the grades received on a report card.
Create games for a broad range of demographics. According to industry guides and reports, the age and gender of video game fans is growing in several directions. Adults in their 20’s and 30’s, who grew up playing games, are an increasing purchasing demographic for video games. Women are also far more likely to play video games than they were just a decade ago. A designer, who can supply ideas and completed games appealing to these age groups, and to women, will be able to fill a niche, which is under-served, and a focus of industry experts.
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