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Date: 05 Jun 2016    Group: Science and Technology    Category: Science   

I am interested in Game Designing. Do I pursue B.Sc Animation and Multimedia after completing B.Sc. Computer Science? Is their limited courses in animation and multimedia? I am confused totally.
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Author: Kailash Kumar    05 Jun 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Doing B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia from a reputed college/institution after 10+2 may be a good starting point. However the author must have right aptitude and due interest in the subject matter and keenness to learn. Merely completing a course and earning degree/diploma will lead to no where. A capability will have to acquired in the subject matter.
Also in any given filed, there is a place for all levels of individuals. Completing B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia after 10+2 level may enable the author to get some gainful employment. But there are individual who are working in this emerging field even after completing B.Tech./M.Tech. and Ph.D. It primarily depends on one's creative abilities and capacity to invest time and resources in continuing studies. However at higher level only outstanding individuals with brilliant minds find a place.
Thus it is up to the author concerned to join a course in animation after 10+2 level or after completing any higher degree depending on his own self analysis. A competent person always find a job.


Author: Seema Shah    07 Jun 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

If you sure about your interest in Gaming Design then opt for B.Sc Animation and Multimedia directly and not:
a. just B Sc CS
b. or B Sc CS followed by B.Sc Animation and Multimedia
A double degree is a heavy investment of time, money and efforts and will definitely not increase your job prospects.
Also Gaming Design is not learnt in Animation and Multimedia course. You will need know some programming languages, game theory, data structures and algorithms, databases, mobile app development, web technology. Check the curricula of both courses id these subjects are covered.
I would suggest that you study BSc with the above mentioned courses and alongside do some Game theory courses on Coursera. This will build a strong foundation for a job in Game designing.

@Kailash Kumar : I would like to point out that: MTech and PhDs do not get into animation and multimedia, since these are very elementary skills. Probably they may do research in this area.


Author: Abinash Das    20 Jun 2016      Member Level: Bronze     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

If you are interested only in the Design aspect of games development then you should join a graphics design or games character/environment design course. These courses will teach you how to design and develop game characters, environment etc. Graphics design courses generally cover topic like design theory, drawing/sketching, image processing softwares like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, vector image processing softwares like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape etc. If you have an aptitude for drawing characters, cartoons etc. then you can consider doing a short term certificate course or 2 years course on Graphics Design.

If you enjoy giving life to still images then doing a BSc in animation and multimedia may be the best option. Though an animator may be a good artist, most of them only Develop the characters, environment designed by an artist. A course in animation covers topic like modeling, rigging, 2D, 3D animation, rendering, texturing, lighting etc. In case of Animation, pursuing a degree in animation can expose you to various job opportunities film industry, advertising agencies, NEWS channel etc.

If you want to become an independent games developer then you should also have skills in at least one computer programming language like c++, java, c# etc. Along with this you should have good grasp of data-structures, algorithms, design patterns, code revision systems, database systems, operating system concepts etc.

To sum up :
1. If you enjoy only design part then do a graphics design course.
2. If you enjoy animation then pursue a degree in animation. ( You can learn graphics design on your spare time. Animation requires extensive training compared to graphics design )
3. Lear graphics design, animation and computer science if you want to develop your own games yourself.





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