I've been reading some feedback about different courses to do with games design (mainly QUT's Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment), and the consensus seems to be that they're a balance of tedious essays and relevant tasks, but won't really help you get a job unless you work on making games to show your skills in your spare time, to build up a portfolio. Also, people seem to be saying that it's better to specify, like if you want to be a programmer, do computer science, or if you want to be a designer do animation or something. Employers would rather you have a specialty rather than half/half.
The gaming industry in Australia seems a bit uncertain. Companies have laid off people and apparently it's really difficult to get a job.
So I was thinking, what part of the industry do I want to get into? Well, what I'd really like to do is design games. Come up with concepts, gameplay ideas, character designs. But I'm pretty sure that's a high-lvel job, one you'd get after years of working your way up the job ladder. So for an entry-level job, I thought why not animation?
If I did a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) at QUT with a second major in games design, would that look appealing to a potential employer? I've specialised, but also chosen a supplementary course to show that I'm versatile and could do things in that area too.
I live on the Gold Coast, and my parents have tried to discourage me from attending QUT because they say I'd have to live their and arranging it would be expensive, difficult, etc. Any advice? My only other option (pretty much) is Griffith University (see here), but I don't think their course is as good. I looked at samples of student work on Youtube, and, quite frankly, they were awful. Am I being too judgmental? Does anyone know anything about the differences between the two?
If I couldn't get a job in the games industry, an animation degree would mean that I could work in other fields like TV animation and other stuff, right?
As a side note, I enjoy creating human characters, especially drawing expressions, etc. I also come up with stories/scripts (in other words, I can write).