Hey all, I’m 27 and I just recently started thinking about what Im gonna do with the rest of my life. I should have done this earlier but only just recently have things in my life been stable. Anyway, the long and short of it is – I wanna make games. I just started learning Unity through skillshare and I gotta say, I am in LOVE with it. Ive never been this excited about learning ANYTHING in my entire life. And I think that I can probably learn just about every aspect of game development through just finding classes and guides like this online.
I also have the option of going to college through SNHU’s online program. I was going to go for Game Art and Development (a bachelor’s degree). Thing is, that is obviously a lot more expensive and time consuming. I have talked to them about pricing and I do think I will be able to afford it but they have the option of doing either 1 class or 2 classes every term. Im not sure if they will be able to get me on a payment plan good enough for me to do 2. If I did just 1 class every term, I would be getting my bachelor’s in 6 years and 8 months. So there’s that, which I have to wait to talk to another person at the college about before I really know. There’s also the fact in order to afford it, Ill have to work a part-time job, which will mean less time I have to study etc. I don’t currently have a degree, just my diploma. I think a degree would be amazing to have and I think even though I can learn the skills either route, its definitely way more valuable to have a degree.
What do you guys think? Anyone here ever pursue a career in game development? Also, its probably worth noting that I am more interested in creating my own games than working for a company. I dont know how valuable a degree would be for someone who’s looking to strike out on their own? I also wonder if the classes / quality of teaching I get there will somehow be better? The class that I’m taking on Unity so far, other than the fact that it was made in 2017, is really great and the teacher does a great job of explaining the concepts behind everything and what everything is for.