So I’m quite frustrated with my university. About a year ago I pushed for a class in game development. It was around the time when UE4 was announced to be free for education. I emailed my adviser and the dean of the college of Arts and Sciences. They brought it up in the a couple of department meetings (also do note that the CS sub-department was in talks to move to the Physics department from the Math department).
So at the end of last semester, my adviser announced there would be a “Game Design” class. It’s titled CSCI: Problems - Computer Graphics. The class is a little interesting as we are doing everything in OpenGL and WebGL. But all we have done so far is small animations, a line segment painter, layers, and we talked once about camera angles. I get it, sure it’s good to know the foundation of animation and game engines. But the fact is it will wasn’t relevant enough to what we were discussing. We will actually only barely delve into user input and dynamics. In-fact we had quite a bit of trouble even starting the class as it took 3 weeks for everyone to get OpenGL projects to compile on our personal computers. And we have a semester project that we had to come up with a proposal of what we were going to do. It was due two weeks ago and all of us bs’d it and are going with a 2D platformer because we can at least create one level. We’ve barely learned anything yet. And hopefully by then we’ll learn how to use external textures.
So I’m paying for a class that basically is an elective and not getting much out of it. Just basics of OpenGL.
I could rant on and on how dissapointing the CS department is at my school. Most CS students only go to work using their emphasis, mines networking, I’m going for my CCNP.
But it has been my dream for a long time to try and make games. I have so many creative ideas and I don’t get to fuel them into a project because I get stumped on something simple within any game engine. All because I’ve never been taught.
So my question is, what’s the best plan of action in a situation like this? Wait till I graduate and go to school somewhere else to take game design classes? It frustrates me so much that I have to keep asking noob questions on the answers site and wait 12 hours to get an answer back on how to do something so simple.
I want to learn, but I need help with learning.