I'm going to finish high school in a year and I am trying to decide on where to go next, probably in the game design industry
I have rather big experience in most aspects of web development, web/print/etc. design, game development and marketing as I'm working in this industry for nearly 10 years already and participated in all kinds of projects (both personal and team based) at different positions.
Feel free to check out my Portfolio
and my latest project - a Japanese learning game
I am currently deciding between going to study in Japan or in the US/Canada. I would prefer to go to the HAL College of Technology & Design
in Tokyo but it seems like it wouldn't give me a Bachelor's degree. Is it important? Would I be able to get a Master's somewhere else, after finishing HAL but without a Bachelor's degree? I've heard very good things (and I haven't heard anything even negative) of HAL and based on what I know it's one of the best places to study Game Design but the degree question worries me slightly.
Other options I consider are Full Sail
or maybe something different like MIT
. I still can't understand for sure whether FS is good or bad but it certainly seems to be quite expensive (-_-), with a very quick course (^_^), providing a Bachelor's and Master's degrees (^_^). Is it really good? Is it hard to get a financial aid if I'm not an American (I'm Russian, living in Czech Republic (EU))?
Digipen seems to be way to programming oriented (I LOVE programming and I'm fairly good at it but it's probably not something I would like to do 24/7 all my life) and has some very difficult selection process way too oriented on maths (I'm OK in maths but probably not on the level required at Digipen).
Which is a good school to become a Game Designer/Producer?
- I would prefer Japan to the US
- I would prefer a big city, preferably capital, to a small village/town
- I will be doing everything to start my own business (preferably not entering another company), even if it wouldn't be game oriented from the start, so I'm mostly concerned about what I'll learn and not what I'll have for a paper but it still counts.
Also, is there an option to get a a game/IT related PhD? Would it be good for anything?
Thnx for your help! Feel free to ask me more details if I missed something