Day 72 / 365 – Essential Digital Design Reading by anitakhart
Once you enroll in school to get a video game degree, you’ll likely find that certain areas of the industry capture your attention more than others. What you may also determine is that you want to apply the skills you learn to other fields as well. Whether you’re majoring in game design, game art and animations, game programming, or game production, there are several career paths open to you outside the gaming industry specifically. Check out some of the other fields to which you can apply the skills you learn in video game school:
- Education – The academic field is relying more and more on the latest technology and multimedia software to help teach students the skills that were once learned only by reading and writing the old fashioned way. Publishers of software and games designed to educate always need the help of those trained in creating video games to come up with concepts and program the games.
- Corporations ““ Major corporations need video game designers to help create the training materials they use to prepare their employees for careers with the company. Those with video game design skills will find the most opportunities at companies who use simulation software. For instance, airlines use flight simulation programs to help keep their pilots’ skills sharp. The military also uses special programs designed by those from good video game schools to teach technicians how to use satellites, telescopes, and other hardware.
- Gambling Industry ““ The gambling industry needs well-trained video game designers to help create and maintain fun games for gamblers in casinos, but also games that are based on luck. As online gambling grows in popularity, the industry also needs game designers to create exciting games to attract online gamblers.
- Advertising ““ You can put your education in video game design to good use in the advertising industry as well. Companies are now relying heavily on flashy internet advertisements to draw potential customers or clients in. They’re constantly looking for ways to attract people to their websites by providing interactive ads, which can be designed by those in the video game industry. The same companies often need interactive and entertaining content on their own sites too.
Your Own Ideas ““ The thought of striking out on your own may seem daunting, but with an education from a video game school, a great idea, and the passion to turn your idea into a quality product can take you further than you think. If you want to design a program to help new drivers learn about safe driving or a program used to help surgeons prepare for operations, then go for it! Almost every other industry can utilize the skills of a video game designer when it comes to creating training materials, interactive ads, or other entertaining content.