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064 g G A M E C A R E E R G U I D E WHAT DO GAME SCHOOLS REALLY GET YOU, AND ARE THEY RIGHT FOR YOU? M AKING A VIDEO GAME HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER. THANKS TO THE RISE of new platforms and marketplaces, development teams as small as one person have been able to put their content in front of millions of people around the world. Acquiring the skills necessary to develop a game—whether it's an indie darling or AAA blockbuster—has also never been easier, thanks to the rise of gaming-oriented programs at some of the nation's top universities. For example, high school graduates can get a BA in Interactive Entertainment at the University of Southern California (USC), or a BS in Computational Media from Georgia Tech. Starting next year, New York University (NYU) will also expand its Game Center program with a BFA program in Game Design. Open to all Pursuing a degree in game development isn't exclusive to recent graduates, though. USC Games director Tracy Fullerton explains that their grad program attracts people from all walks of life, from professionals who already have game industry experience to those that want to pivot their skill set. "A graduate degree is a chance to change direction, to work on ideas that you might not be able to try in [their existing] industry, to develop new skills, make new connections and generally jump-start your career in a new trajectory. We've seen people come to our program with degrees or backgrounds in documentary filmmaking, animation, business, theater, and more," she said. "A lot of our students are working professionals and they want to pivot and change gears," NYU Game Center A n d r e w Y o o n 064 NYU DSC YAVBML GET SCHOOLED!?

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