BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The game design program at Western Kentucky University gives students like Natashja Gentry the resources to jump right into the world of video games.
What would you like to know
- WKU’s game design program turns two
- It consists of six lessons for a total of 18 hours
- There are currently 26 students enrolled
- Student said it would be a dream to work for one of the big game companies after graduation
Gentry is a junior visual studies student from Florence, Ky., And one of 26 students enrolled. She is one class away from completing her certificate. She said it would be a dream to work for one of the big game companies after graduation.
“It’s something that has always interested me. I have enjoyed playing games since I was a kid,” said Gentry. “I grew up with Nintendo and games like Epic Mickey. I love the way it’s designed and the characters.
Gentry is currently designing characters in his animation class. It is led by Professor Truth Tran, who worked in the gaming industry for six years prior to WKU.
“The vision for the whole class is to have a portfolio of characters, from concepts to ideas to model and animate them,” Tran said. “To show employers that this is my job and you only need one.”
The game design program consists of six lessons for a total of 18 hours. There are more than 200,000 people in the US gaming industry in 2021, according to Statistical.
Gentry said that creating these characters is not easy and that there are many aspects involved.
“There is a lot more to the game than people realize,” said Gentry. “Learning the process is really cool.”
Gentry plans to graduate next spring and upon graduation he will be looking to jump straight into the field.