Until recently, the career field of Game Design was generally taught "hands-on" by companies working with employees who had advanced knowledge of computers and technology. With the rapid expansion of technology, the field has exploded, and specialized education has become essential for developing the skills necessary to work in Game Design.
Jason Pape has attended Saint Paul College since 2018, going to school part-time, in addition to working in property management by day and occasionally lending his talent as a musician for night gigs. With a passion for helping others, Jason served as a student tutor for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) lab on campus. He enjoyed watching other students' eyes light up as they learned new computer-related skills. He always had a curiosity for gaming, but during his time at the college, he was surprised at the wide range of backgrounds various students came from in Game Design. With his musical experience, Jason was able to integrate creative sound effects and background music into different project-based games. Others with unique talents in programming, animation, writing, and visual design, allowed them to customize games according to their interests.
Jason believes that the Game Design degree is a hidden gem at Saint Paul College that students of all ages should consider. He noticed how students with the following interests came to thoroughly enjoy game design:
- Writers, especially fiction, who like to create story paths;
- Musicians, especially those who like to analyze these arts;
- Web Designers, looking to expand their skillset;
- Programmers looking for fun and challenging projects;
- Graphic designers who understand how different software products work together; and
- Teachers who like to share innovative tutorials or associated learning tools.
Saint Paul College offers a web-based 2D Game Development Certificate and Computer Programming AAS Degree programs that help students prepare for this innovative field.
Check out some of Jason's Games: