You’ve always dreamed of turning your love of playing video games into a career. But maybe you doubted your ideal video game design job could exist—or you thought that, if it did, it still wouldn’t be accessible to you outside of your daydreams.
The reality is, there are many jobs out there that relate to video game design, from game creation and environment modelling, to animation and more. And believe it or not, educational programs that can help you achieve your video game design goals are likely available at a private career college near you.
Here are 4 reasons you should consider enrolling in a Video Game Designer program to become what you’ve always wanted to be—notably, a video game design professional—right now.
1. Do what you love
Many people end up in dead-end jobs because they’ve followed someone else’s vision of what they should do or be. They’ve become something they never intended, and the daily grind starts to wear them out.
If you’re a video game enthusiast, imagine putting the passion you feel when you’re playing or thinking about games into your studies as a Video Game Designer student. When you’re passionate about something, it’s easier to put your energy towards realizing your goals. So, number one on our list of reasons you should pursue a Video Game Designer diploma now is that you’re more likely to succeed in a career you’ll enjoy.
2. Enter a growing industry
A report entitled “Canada’s Video Game Industry in 2013” was prepared for the Entertainment Software Association of Canada last year. Did you know that, in the Canadian video game industry: • the number of workers hired on a full-time (or equivalent) basis went up by 800, between 2011 and 2012 • a total of 27,000 full-time (or equivalent) positions were generated by the industry in 2012 • the industry spent 12.5% more, mostly in the area of game development activities, between 2011 and 2012 • the average salary, “across all job types and levels of seniority,” was around $72,500 per year • and that the video game industry hires the majority of its workers from within Canada? (pp. 3-5) Video games are a popular entertainment source, and it shows: The video game design industry continues to expand, so trained professionals in the field often find that they’re in demand as workers.
3. Accessible training
You don’t need to move to a faraway country to become a video game design professional. In fact, you probably won’t even need to bus or drive too far at all. Video Game Designer diploma programs are available at colleges near you. Trillium College, for example, offers a Video Game Designer diploma program at its Oshawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines and Burlington campuses.
4. Your career dreams could be funded
Can you imagine training to become a video game designer—and being financially supported in your efforts? Our recent blog looked at different types of financial aid for college students. When it comes to supporting Ontarians in pursuit of their dreams, our government, banks, colleges and other organizations offer plenty of support options for which you may be eligible. Trillium College has a Financial Aid Estimator that’s easy to use, and that can help you find your eligibility for financial support now.
Becoming a video game design professional may have seemed like a far off dream. Now, however, it’s a true possibility. Your passion for gaming—when mixed with accessible related college programs, financial aid opportunities and a strong industry—can bring you closer to a career in video game design.