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Is Having a Degree in Music Composition extremely important for Game Design?

Unfortunately, my college does not currently have a degree program for Music Composition and Production (to my knowledge) for accompanying a game design major; however, with so many online resources and possibilities for learning music, I would like to know how important it is. Also, if there are other ways to show my strengths and talents within that field (i.e. like an indie game soundtrack, cover or ep, etc).
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Luiz’s Answer

Hi, Samuel
There are no specific course entry requirements for this niche degree (in Music Composition for Game Design);
other subjects like physics, IT, media studies, and design technology are useful for this qualification. However maths and computing to help with the coding and programming element of a games design course; they’re useful but not essential.
Also, other qualities otherwise make up a successful games designer should demonstrate both the technical and creative.
Find out vocational courses, and why you should study it.
We recommend that you need know entering requirements, and what jobs you can do with other qualifications:
Level 3/Level 6 (e.g. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business, SVQ Business and Administration (SCQF Level 6). They are already accepted as an alternative to A levels/Higher by some providers.
Good Luck!

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Sheri’s Answer

Hey Samuel! Having a music composition degree is not a requirement but would provide you with additional tools to set yourself apart from the competition. I know of sound designers that work for major game designing brands that do not have music composition degrees but are lead sound designers for things like sound effects/non-music related sounds tied to a video game. In college I took a film studies class and we studied soundtracks in detail. Even if your school doesn't have a music department, they might have film classes that could also give you a well rounded education in entertainment.

Sheri recommends the following next steps:

Talk to a college advisor to confirm what classes are available.
Create a sample sound effects track to layer on top of your favorite game.