Im considering either taking animation or digital game production(extended certificate) but im not too sure which one since theyre fairly similar.Does any one have any experience in the courses and know which would be the better option?
My name is Lauren and I am on third year of my BA (Hons) Animation degree at Plymouth College of Art. I've never heard of Digital Game Production before, but it sounds like it would be quite different from Animation because, by the name of it, it seems like it would be more the technical/programming side of games as opposed to something like BA (Hons) Game Arts. We have Game Arts at the college and as of 2021 it's merging with Animation so students can study both areas with one degree! The difference between Game Arts and Animation is that Animation is the study of the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of animation for television, film, and games (it's your choice what to specialise in). With Game Arts, this is more of the study of creating concept art, character design, background design, and in general any of the artwork/ design work for games (board games, digital games, 2D, 3D etc). If you're stuck between whether you want to go into film or games, I would suggest choosing Animation as it means you can also work in the games industry (if you specialise your work in that way), whereas it's harder to get into the Animation industry having studied Game Arts.
I would suggest looking at the course content for both courses and working out which you prefer, as well as going to some Open Days to check out the resources and facilities (some Uni's like PCA offer virtual tours and 360 degree videos online). League tables aren't necessarily accurate when looking at courses, but I would suggest taking a look at student satisfaction rates as these are much more reflective of the course than league tables. Also, I would suggest looking at the alumni and student work from each course, as well as checking their social media channels out (such as our @animation_gameart_pca Instagram), as this is helpful to see what sort of work the students produce. Lastly, I would advise applying to both courses as this gives you more time to make your decision! If the courses are at different Universities, then perhaps take a look at the location of the Uni's to ascertain which area you'd prefer to live in with regard to closeness to home, whether the Uni is campus-based, how far it is to the town centre, what facilities are in the location area, what each SU is like, and what clubs and societies each Uni offers.
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Good luck with everything and I hope it goes well for you!
Third Year Animation Student and Student Ambassador