I just spent three days at SXSW, staffing a booth at the Gaming Expo.
First, a big shout-out to the fine folks at Austin Community College’s Game Development Institute. Great expo neighbors and some fine students, too.
Second, thanks to everyone who came by the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy booth. it was great talking to potential participants in the program. Sadly, I heard (several times) that people thought they weren’t qualified for the Academy because they didn’t have industry experience AND a degree in game development.
THE EXPERIENCE QUESTION
Allow me to clarify – you do NOT need both experience and a degree to be admitted to the DSGA! You just need one or the other (or you need to convince me to let you into the program even if you meet neither of these criteria).
Notice all the “or’s!”
The primary prerequisite is that you already have some experience working on a team making a game. That might have come in industry or as part of an indie team… that could mean being part of a small mobile game dev team… that could mean working on games as part of a school program.
I just don’t want to have to teach the nuts and bolts of making a game. Come in with some experience in that area and you’re good to go.
Hope that clarifies things. Keep those applications coming.