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Get a Job in the Video Game Industry

Course Summary

 How to prepare yourself for working in the video game industry, and how to differentiate yourself from other candidates.   You’ll learn how the industry works and what kinds of jobs are available You’ll learn what you need to do to prepare for working in the video game industry

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    Course Syllabus

    Lecture1:What you'll discover Lecture2:Introducing your teacher Lecture3:Voluntary (and anonymous, if you wish) Entry Survey Section1:How it works Lecture4:How the industry works - it isn't very stable Lecture5:What kinds of jobs are available in larger studios? Lecture6:What about jobs aside from larger studios? Lecture7:What kind of employees do they want? Lecture8:Employers want results, not intentions Lecture9:No room for perfectionism in the job Lecture10:So what do I need? Lecture11:What doesn't matter Lecture12:Links to important YouTube videos Lecture13:Is this really for you? Section2:Learning the skills Lecture14:Prepare Intelligently (from GameCareerGuide) Lecture15:Learning programming on your own Lecture16:Learning art on your own Lecture17:Learning game design on your own Lecture18:Colleges and Universities Lecture19:Distance education can be a trap Lecture20:Differences in Game Curricula (from GameCareerGuide) Lecture21:Choosing a school Section3:Getting a job Lecture22:Your demo "reel"/portfolio Lecture23:Your ideal company? Lecture24:Making Contacts Lecture25:Resumes Lecture26:Working a related job Quiz1:Self-assessment Lecture27:Conclusion and further resources Lecture28:Exit Survey Section4:Bonus material Lecture29:All the slides used in the videos

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    Recommended Background

    For people who do not work in the game industry, but want to.  No special requirements.

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    Course Format

    This is an online audiovisual course.  As is typical, the majority of the information is in screencasts, slides with voiceover.  Unlike standard courses, there is no particular start or end, each person proceeds at their own pace.  

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    Suggested Reading

    Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber Breaking Into the Game Industry: Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It 2011.  $20.36 at Amazon Ernest Adams, Break Into The Game Industry: How to Get A Job Making Video Games ($19 at Amazon).  I’ve used this for seated classes; but it’s quite old, from 2003 Mark Mencher Get in the Game: Careers in the Game Industry.  Mencher is an industry recruiter (headhunter), but this book is from 2002. And as always, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles  (Revised every year; should be in your local library if you’re in the USA.)  

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