It pays you high if you start thinking about your career early. If Game Designing is one of your choices as a career while you are still in high school, you probably have a grand idea about how you are going to go about it. But in case you don’t, keep reading as it would give you a lot of hints on how to start your game designing career. The subjects mentioned below are the ones that would help you get a kick-start towards being a great game designer.
This is arguably the most vital class a student must take during high school. This section is related to Computers and how it works, the constraints you endure while working with them and how to make a computer do what you want it to do. Try to search for classes on Algorithms, Computer Science Theory, and Practical programming classes. If you have an experience in these subjects, the colleges would appreciate it more. You eventually become a huge asset for them. Usually, designers begin with programming before they get into designing, which is the best way to start off.
Art, Design, and 3D Modelling
Art classes are fun and relaxing, but it also gives you a competitive edge. If you choose a class that specializes in 3D modeling or digital art, it is much better since these skills would give you a magic pass into the Game Designing world. Spending time in the art and designing department of a studio would help a lot. It would give you a hint on how to start and end the game designing process, as well as tell you which models are right or wrong.
For computer-aided design, programming and even 3D modeling, you would need a great understanding in Mathematics. It is used in many parts of the algorithms while developing a game. Well, algorithms itself is a part of mathematics.
An excellent knowledge of English and a high command of its grammar is another part of writing compelling stories and even convey the stories to any design team. The classes are compulsory and it is always better to stretch your talents to the maximum of its capabilities.
Extra Curricular Classes
It is not always the theory classes that are important. A person needs to have skills like leadership, being a team player, and initiative. These are just as vital as the academic success. These skills are developed by joining a club or a sports team. It might not seem so important, but colleges and employers always look for these things in a person. They look for passion and something the person is excelling in which is not academic.
Now, Getting Started Developing Games!
The bar to developing games is becoming lower. It is hence better to begin your game portfolio during your high school days. This is what all the colleges and the employers look for as evidence that you have the ability to design a game. Start by downloading an engine like Unity, which is for free along with some free assets. Then, begin developing a simple game.
Another thing that must be kept in mind is that it is not about the best-looking game, it is about the technical skills and the designing abilities. The employers would get impressed by the initiative you took for developing a game and the colleges would love the skills you demonstrated!
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