I'm an independent game designer with a Masters of Fine Arts in interactive media from USC. While earning my undergraduate degree, I also tutored underclassmen in computer programming languages and computer science.
I have some experience in the game industry, and while I'm between projects / working on independent projects, I'd love to take some time to share my experience with those who are excited to learn! In addition to game design and game development, I'm well-qualified to teach programming (the subject of my BA) and creative writing (the minor for my BA, and a long-time semi-professional hobby).
For teaching game design or programming, I'd love to introduce students to Unity3D, a free game design environment available for Mac and PC. Students would have to have a laptop available in order to travel with their work. Unity3D is a great, easy-to-use space where students can learn about game state loops, interactive agents, and other game development concepts, while learning a useful programming language in either Java or C#. If the student is specifically interested in learning game design, we might also start with some platform-independent concepting tutorials, such as general brainstorming and paper-prototyping.
In addition to computer science and game design, I'm well-qualified to act as a writing tutor. I've been writing and learning writing for over a decade, and would be more than happy to help students with any stage of the writing process - from early planning to proofreading. I'd also love to teach students about the concepts of creative writing - how word usage can affect the tone of a scene, how repeated motifs strengthen the core concepts of a novel or story, how varied sentence length can give a piece an internal rhythm. Writing is a personal passion, and I'd love to share that with an equally passionate, creative student.
I live near the USC campus, and so can offer discounts to anyone willing to meet me on or near the campus, since it greatly reduces my travel time. (The same goes for anyone who can work online.) I'd be particularly happy to offer help to USC students, especially those who need assistance editing their papers, theses, dissertations, etc.
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