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Willem

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studeerde Creative Media and Game Technologies
komt uit Verenigde Staten van Amerika

Hello! My name is Willem Kranendonk, I am an American Game Designer & Level Designer who is currently studying at Saxion and is doing his internship in Los Angeles! I am a global traveler who was born in San Francisco, moved to Indonesia, Greece, Chile, England, The Netherlands and now back in LA! I also am part of the A La Kart Team and am a keen gym fanatic! If you have any questions about the wonderful world of Gaming at Saxion PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me!

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Is it possible to achieve all 60 first year points in your studies? I assume the points mean ECT credits that you have to reach on a certain level each semester. Also, is it available to do extra credits?
    Maxwell
    vroeg 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden

    It is! The minimum you need is 48 and infact many students do achieve 60 points. Extra credit not so much unless you get special permission to do Second year curriculum.

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Hello everyone! Could you give me specific examples of what kind of internships do you apply through, how long is it, and where is it based? (E.g., mainly Amsterdam?) Also, in your experience, how was getting a job with CMGT degree like? Is it hard finding one? If found, how is it like?
    Gabriel
    vroeg 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden

    Hey,

    So there is no easy answer for this but in short CMGT sets up in either an artistic path or a programming oriented path (around game software especially). So internships around Environmental Art, Junior Engineer or Concept Art is the likeliest you will want to aim for.

    Internships can be anywhere but do keep in mind that you should go for the best internship that sets you up for the future. That means a lot of hard work but it will set you up in the right path.

    I currently am a Level Designer back in my home country in the US at a AAA studio and I very much enjoyed it.

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Most specifically I mean as in the campus tour and maybe guidances in setting up our own phone number, bank account, BSN, health and finance insurance.
    Juvia
    vroeg 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden

    Ah ok! Well there are open days coming up that might be useful to go to that will be explained on the day there and then. Might wanna target those! They then to answer all those questions!

    Hope that helps!

    Willem

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    I have a friend who lives near Enschede (German side) who's going to give me a tour and I'll be staying at her place few weeks, but I'm wondering if I'm able to get a tour and help from the Saxion ambassador? Since I'll be using Saxion accommodation and I rather have a pro tour and guidance :)
    Juvia
    vroeg 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 1 jaar, 10 maanden geleden

    Hello,

    What do you mean by tour per say? Of our campus or something entirely else?

    Willem

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    What basic knowledge for this subject should I already have to ease my studies at the beginning.
    Drilon
    vroeg 2 jaar, 6 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 2 jaar, 6 maanden geleden

    Hi!

    Not much! However I would say it depends on what you wanna go into. So look at Art, Building Levels for other games, modding, scriptimg etc.

    This along with enthusiasm for making games will illustrate and guide your skills at the uni!

    If you have more, feel free to ask!

    Best wishes,

    Willem

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Is it easy for people who do not speak dutch to get along outside of the university? (i am German)How did you feel when starting to live there?Can you start this programm without having a lot of knowledge about computers and programming?
    Filippo
    vroeg 3 jaar geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar geleden

    Hey!

    If you mean by getting along with people outside of University then yes of course! I lived across the world and I found the first two years quite enjoyable but slightly predictable. I think it's an easy well spoken country with good morals.

    And yes! One of my best friends didn't even know a line of code and is now one of the best developers in our course!

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  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Thank you for the answer! This was very helpful. I have another question if you don't mind: What should my portfolio look like?
    Benjamin
    vroeg 3 jaar, 3 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar geleden

    To get into the university?

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Hey, I am interested in studying Game Design at Saxion but I have a question about the application.I am a really creative guy and I love to think about game ideas, concepts, mechanics and so on but my drawing skills aren't the best. Should I try to applicate for Game Design and Production anyway?
    Benjamin
    vroeg 3 jaar, 4 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 3 maanden geleden

    Hi Ben! Thanks for reaching out to us and sorry that it has taken me a while to reply back!

    Let me just say this that whilst understanding basic drawing/art skills is important this course is NOT for artists per say. Game Design and Production focuses on creating video games where students learn all areas of the creative side of game development (such as drawing, 3D Modeling, Level Design, Game Economy and much more).

    As the teachers will vouch, the first two quarters helps you improve your art skills (or if you don't know how to draw you will be taught it!) but will soon open up to other areas of game development. I can tell you this first hand as I am a decent artist but not good enough to work at Blizzard nor was it my primary interest after a while. In the final semester other courses open up and since then I have yet to go back on it!

    I hope this answers your question!

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    HeyCan i find a place where students their work? Like an portofolio, do teachers have work posted online?Thanks
    Andrei
    vroeg 3 jaar, 6 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 6 maanden geleden

    Hi Andrei,

    I am not sure what you exactly mean by that but I suspect you want to know a place where students show their work as well as teachers. The bad news is that there aren't that many places to check this out except on Facebook @SaxionGaming.

    As for student work, they tend to have portfolios posted online. I have one which you can see to give you an idea of what to expect https://willemkranendonk.carbonmade.com.

    As for others, probably you will need to ask Students. There is a Facebook group buts it is only for upcoming Students and actually students (past and present).

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Thanks again, and sorry if was an inappropriate question! :D
    Andrei
    vroeg 3 jaar, 8 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 8 maanden geleden

    No problem! And it wasn't inappropriate! You asked a fair question!

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    HiI came back with another question. Did the teachers work in the game production industry? Or if they still do.
    Andrei
    vroeg 3 jaar, 8 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 8 maanden geleden

    Hi Andrei,

    No worries, happy you asked more questions! For sure there are! Some have worked on big Triple A titled games, others have worked on Indie Projects and some in totally different fields!

    Hope this answers your question!

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Hi, my name is Max. I am having problems decided what I should do. I have a really big interest in games, Ive been playing all my life but with no real IT experience. Is it doable for a 24 year old to begin from scratch in this program and manage to find work here in the Netherlands? Thank you!
    Max
    vroeg 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden

    Hi Max!

    Great question! Age is not important in this case! I know plenty of people your age that have started and gone on to work at studios across the globe and in The Netherlands! One of my best friends (who is a student at Saxion) had no programming experience (literally none). Now he is one of the best programmers in the course and along with me had created a game that was nominated for a Dutch Student Game of The Year Award!

    As for finding work, it really depends. The Netherlands has a very small and not very large influence in the game industry but there are a tonne of good studios in the Netherlands! If you are a programmer you can get a job easily in VR, Software Engineering, Serious Games and of course games in general! For a programmer it's very straightforward I'm short.

    If you are become a concept artist on the other hand it's very tough. Hell even if you are in America it's tough to be one but if you are a 3D artist or Game Designer (like me) your chances are solid!

    If you want to ask me more questions PLEASE send me a message here or on Twitter @willem567!

    Also attend an open day and speak to Taco Van Loon or Eelco Jannik who can also help you out!

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    Thank you for the answer.
    Andrei
    vroeg 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden

    No worries! Happy to help!

  • Creative Media and Game Technologies
    HiI'm 11 grade in Romania, and hope i will join this game programme ,after highschool. How it feels to study here? I watched the classes that i will make and i'm exited. XD
    Andrei
    vroeg 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden
    Willem
    zei 3 jaar, 9 maanden geleden

    Salut Andrei!

    First good luck at School! It's great that you are planning your ambitions ahead particularly in programming!

    Studying in Saxion is very flexible. The programming department is ambitious, fun and extremely paternal amongst your teachers. One of my favorite teachers (who I consider a friend) is from the programming side and he is always ready to meet up with me, spend some time to get coffee and discuss my concerns and a whole lot more!

    The best part about Saxion is the fact that by the time you need to search for internships, you will have a large roster of games under your belt that can set you up for some really sick internships wherever you want to go in the world!

    Another great thing about Saxion is that the majority of students are international. As you can see from my intro towards you, some of my best friends come from Romania and Bulgaria!

    Enschede is also cool. It's an easy place to live, very affordable and it's close to Germany too.

    If you wanna learn more you are always welcome to come to our Open days BUT should you have a reason not to come, please feel free to contact me via Twitter @willem567 or via here at IntoSaxion.

    Meantime enjoy school!

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      I would like to run my own Game Studio in an environment that encourages productivity and rewards working hard. Being ambitious is the key!

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      Break On Through - The Doors

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  • So glad to be an Ambassador for Game Design and Production! Great to represent Saxion! #intosaxion