Is a Degree Necessary in the Video Game Industry?

Learn if a degree is necessary to have a career in the video game industry from expert Anthony Castoro in this Howcast video.


Ah, the old should I go to college question, right? So that depends. It's sort of the, it's the old conundrum. And I actually give this advice to anyone who asks the question about any industry whether they should go to colleges. What do you want to get out of it? How important is it to have that traditional background for your industry?

For the game industry, particularly for game designers, for artists, and for engineers, there's a lot you can learn by going to college and learning about those trades. So my advice to you is, look at the college and the university. Look at the faculty. And look at the program coming out of it. I would, I would, I would recommend that people who want to get into the game industry, and they were interested in going to college, to go to a good reputable university and get a good solid degree.

Particularly for game designers, who need that broad spectrum. They need to know, you know, something about biology, and they need to know something about history, and they need to know about liberal arts. They need to know about psychology. And really, anyone who's interested in games needs to have that broad background, because games are, they are an art form.

Do you have to go to college to get into the game industry? The answer to that question is no. But, you know, given how popular the game industry is now? When you send in your resume against someone else, and you've both been making games, because you need to make games if you want to get in the game industry, if you have that degree, it might set you apart.

So really, my advice to you is college can be exceptionally useful and valuable to you. It's not necessarily going to give you a leg up when you start your job, so you need to make sure that you're getting what you need to get out of a college degree.

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