I don't claim to be an expert when it comes to deciding on what game design school to go to. Actually, I don't claim to be an expert in anything. However, I have applied, attended and successfully completed a game design program and I have gained skills I never imagined possible. I have not been offered a job yet as I am continuing to increase my skills to a point where a game studio takes notice. (Would be doing a lot better if I wasn't spending my time building this blog, but it's fun so I'm not stopping!) Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you view my situation, I have been getting tons of experience in the whole process of game design education and what you need to do before and after attending school. From creating and consistently updating your game portfolio, to searching and applying to game studios, to preparing and doing phone and in-person interviews. I've done it all so far and I want to share my thoughts with those of you interested in attending a game design school and those who have recently graduated and you're trying to decide what to do next.
This is from one student to another, instead of coming from a recruiter or something you would read on a game design school website. I want to help prepare you to make the decision on whether an education in game design is something for you. Because believe me, it's not for everyone! I remember quite a few students dropping out throughout the year, for a myriad of reasons, but for the most part.. game design schools are intense! It's no joke. Most try to shove 2-4 years worth of knowledge into your brain in one tiny year or two. So if this is something you want to do, be prepared.