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Game Design vs Game Development – What are the differences?

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The gaming industry is arguably one of the most important and innovative sectors today. While video games started out with consoles connected to our TVs, the development of technology benefits the industry to expand onto multiple platforms including PC, smartphone and social media, making it accessible to people of all ages.

It is natural that students who love video games would prefer a career in the gaming sector. But students are often confused between game design and game development when it comes to deciding which undergraduate course to take. This article will clarify the differences between both courses, so that students may make a clear decision to pursue their preferred career. 

What is Game Design?

Source: Extra Credits

Game design is a part of the video game development field. Game design is all about generating ideas and concepts for games. The study of game design includes knowledge of creative writing and graphic design. Game designers are responsible for creating the initial framework of a game including game plots, characters, gameplay, rules, interfaces, storylines and environment settings. 

Careers with a Game Design Degree

Game System Designer

Game Systems Designer, you will design compelling game systems, mechanics and content and work with a team of engineers, artists, UX designers, producers and product managers to see their implementation

Game Animator

Game Animators produce repetitive images called frames, where it creates an illusion of movement when sequenced together. They tend to work in 2D, 3D model-making, stop-frame or computer-generated animation or even create hand-drawn pictures, models or puppets.

Concept Artist

Concept artists are responsible for creating images of people, creatures, props and location. They are required to provide sketches of the appearances of a character and details of environments within a tight time frame.

Academic Entry Requirements for Game Design Degree

STPM

Minimum grade C in at least 2 subjects

A-Levels

Minimum CCC (including Mathematics)

Foundation/Matriculation

Pass with min. CGPA 2.00 

UEC

Pass with minimum 5Bs

Diploma

Pass with min. CGPA 2.50 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of  24 points

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities offering Game Design Degree

#1 Taylor’s University

Program

Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Game Design

Intake (2021)

January, March & August

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local: RM 97, 506

International: RM 115, 735

#2 UCSI University

Source: UCSI University

Program

BA (Hons) Game Design

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Local: RM 63, 580

International: RM 68, 415

#3 Management and Science University (MSU)

Program

Bachelor in Games Design and Animation (Hons)

Intake (2021)

Feb, Jul & Sep

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local: RM40, 000 – RM45, 000

International: RM 85, 000 – RM 90, 000

What is Game Development?

Source: Thomas Brush

Game development is a creative art whereby a person or a team creates new games. Video game developers are more likely to convert ideas and objectives of the design team into an actual game.

The game development process includes concept generation, design, building, and testing. It requires programming language as developers write codes to determine how the computer will handle everything in the game, from the rules to the graphics.

Career Options with a Game Development Degree

There are many types of game developers involved in game development and each of them has a crucial part in the creation of a game. 

Artificial intelligence programmer (AI)

AI programmers develop the responsiveness for computer-controlled opponents and allies based on a player’s actions. AI enables computer characters to react realistically, and strategically to the player, especially in games that consist of difficulty setting. 

Graphics programmers

Graphics programmers work closely with artists to figure out how to incorporate the artwork into a game. They apply the knowledge of mathematics to develop sophisticated algorithms and produce 2D and 3D graphics. 

Network programmers

Network programmers write the code that enables gamers to connect with gamers across the world online. They also develop security measures to prevent cheating and allow players from different countries to compete against each other.

Academic Entry Requirement for Game Development Degree

STPM

Minimum grade C (CGPA 2.0) in any subject

A-Levels

Minimum score grade of CCC

Foundation/Matriculation

A minimum CGPA of 2.0

UEC

A minimum grade of B5 

Diploma

A minimum CGPA of 2.0

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities offering Game Development Degree

#1 Asia Pacific University (APU)

Program

BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development

(Dual Degree Award with De Montfort University, UK)

Intake (2021)

March, May & September

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local: RM 87, 000

International: RM 88, 200 

#2 UOW KDU university

Program

Bachelor of Game Development (Hons)

Intake (2021)

January, March, May, July,  September & October

Duration

3 years

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local: RM75, 105

International: RM83, 700

Differences between Game Design and Game Development

The main difference that separates these two departments is that game designers work on the concept of the game such as creating storyline or plots, gameplay on how players could interact with the game, and the type of characters who would fit into the plots. On the other hand, game development involves writing codes to turn the game designer’s vision into a playable product.

When it comes to deciding on which course to study, your interests play a vital role in the selection of your career. If you believe you are creative and have design talents to come up with storylines and character appearances that could attract gamers to the game, you may pursue a degree in game design. If coding is your primary interest, then you may choose game development and work on the graphics and user interface to enhance the gaming experience.

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The Eyes are the window to your soul. - William Shakespeare

Eyes are one of the most important organs in our body. We walk, read, watch, send text and drive with our eyes being the compass. It is crucial for us to take good care of our eyes because William Shakespeare used to say the eyes are the window to your soul. We can see someone is sleepy, happy or tired based on their eyes. That is why many companies are producing vitamins, contact lenses and eye drops that target the health of the human eyes.

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So, if you want to learn more about the human eyes and thinking to establish a career in this field, first we need to learn the important terminologies, so let’s go!

Ophthalmology –

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. 

Optometry –

Health profession that examines eyes and apply visual systems for eye defects or abnormalities.

Opticianry –

Professional practise of filling prescriptions for eye lenses, dispensing eyeglasses and fitting contact lenses.

Ophthalmologist –

Medical doctor that specializes in eyes treatment.

Optometrist –

Health care professionals who provide primary eye care through comprehensive eye examinations.

Optician –

Trained individuals that design, verify and provide visual systems to correct eyesight.

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Many people confuse between optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist. They may sound the same but there are big differences between these 3 professions. You can find detailed explanations on their job scope, necessary skills and education pathway for each profession below. By the end of this article, you will get to know which profession might suit you.

Who is an optician?

Opticians are people that received thorough training to help you to find your suitable vision correcting devices such as eyeglasses and contact-lenses. They are the first people that you will encounter when seeking out vision care.

What are the job scopes of an optician?

What skills do opticians need?

What education pathway to become an optician?

Where to study opticianry in Malaysia?

Vision College

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Program

Diploma in Opticianry

Intake

January, April, July & October

Duration

3 years

Entry Requirement

SPM/ UEC: 3 credits including 2 from Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.

*Prerequisite: Pass in English

Annual Indicative Fees 

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Who is an Optometrist?

Health care professionals who examine, diagnose and treat your eyes. They have bigger responsibilities than opticians. They will detect your vision problems and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses as needed.

What are the job scopes of an Optometrist?

What skills do optometrists need?

What is the education pathway to become an optometrist?

Where to study optometry in Malaysia?

SEGi University

Program

Bachelor of Optometry (Hons)

Intake

May & September

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

STPM: CGPA 3.0

A-Level: BBBor AAC

Prerequisites: Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics 

Indicative Fees 2020

RM 100,000/ USD 23,981 

For other entry requirements other than stated above, contact us 😃

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Program

Bachelor of Optometry (Hons)

Intake

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Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

STPM/ A-Level: 2.5

Prerequisites: Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics 

Indicative Fees 2020

RM 95,000 – 100,000

For other entry requirements other than stated above, contact us 😃

If you think that becoming an optometrist is your future profession, call us now!

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Who is an ophthalmologist?

A medical doctor that specializes in treatment of illness, diseases, injuries and conditions that affect eyes. They are also capable of performing surgery such as lasik surgery.

What are the job scopes of an ophthalmologist?

What skills do ophthalmologists need?

What is the education pathway to become an ophthalmologist?

Because ophthalmologists are medical doctors, they need to study medicine and specialize in ophthalmology along the way. Read here on the pathway to study medicine and recommended universities: Top 5 Universities to Study Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) in Malaysia 2020.

To know more on how to become a medical doctor and specialising in eyes, contact us now!

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