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Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades: Technical Education and Training Provider in Palawan

PPSAT is one of the 125 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Technology (TESDA) Institutions in the Philippines. It provides competency-based training programs and strengthens linkages with partners to develop competent workers for local and global employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for quality life. The school is an Accredited Assessment Center and Venue for various qualifications; a Regional Site for Language Skills Programs since 2008. It offers 16 Qualifications registered under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS). In December 2011, the school offered Training Methodology Program for the trainers handling TVET qualifications.

In October, 2011, the school has been accredited with the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) and a recipient of a bronze level award. This shows that its physical resources, faculty, curriculum, governance and management, are as good as those in the Asia Pacific Region’s TVET schools. The award received motivates its faculty and staff to continue working for the attainment of school’s vision, mission and objectives; as it belongs to the first 21 schools of the 125 to submit for accreditation.

As of these days, the school does not only cater high school graduates. It accommodates college graduates who wants to be technically trained, college undergraduates who dropped from school due to financial constraints, military personnel endorsed by officials from the Armed Forces to take programs prior to their retirement. It likewise recognizes high school undergraduates who have prior learning based on experience and graduates of the Alternative Learning System.

The Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades (PPSAT) is located along Rafols Road, Barangay Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. The school was created under Republic Act 7928 on March 1, 1995 to offer technology programs to the high school graduates who cannot afford to take a four-year college program. It started offering a two-year program in Construction and Electronics Sector. On March, 2003, it had been identified as a Center of Technical Excellence with Machining as its Distinctive Area of Competence. The school was one of the 41 school-beneficiary of Technical Education and Skills Development projects funded by Asian Development Bank. This leads to more programs registered and opened to serve its clients.

Currently, the school strengthens its partnership with Local Government Units, Non-Government Units and industries to meet graduates supply and employment demand of the country. It closely coordinates with the TESDA-Palawan Provincial Office and other Offices for quality delivery of services for customer satisfaction.

As of 2011, PPSAT had produced 2,413 graduates, and 64% are already working. It serves more out-of-school youths who aspire for technical jobs in the Philippines and abroad.

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Pursuing an Education and Career in Game Art and Design

The video game industry has a large global market, which creates numerous career opportunities. The work completed to develop and design a game takes numerous professionals focusing on the aspects that make game play possible. To enter this field students will need to obtain certain skills that can only be obtained through higher education. Pursuing an education and career in game art and design can easily be done by first researching the available options.

The optional programs that students can enter include several concentration areas and degree levels. The primary options that can be completed inside vocational colleges are at the certificate and associate’s degree level. Within training students can work through programs that focus on game art and design such as game software development and video game design. Each area although highly interconnected explores a wide range of topics and skills associated with the industry to prepare students for careers. Educational programs train students to understand the techniques used to implement the base codes and the graphic design features utilized to design games. Students should consider all educational options to ensure the programs completed help them reach their career goals. Possible career options include becoming:

  • Level Designers
  • Video Game Programmers
  • Game Interface Designers

Students can enter jobs that pertain more to the programming side of the industry or focus on obtaining positions related to the creative side of the field. Both reward students with lucrative careers in this continually growing field. Programs develop the knowledge of all the key areas that need to be mastered. Students that start their educational training in vocational colleges will graduate with the knowledge to understand the latest techniques and technologies.

Video game and development programs provide entry-level knowledge in programming, software engineering, and multimedia design. Students gain the ability to develop games using multiple computer environments. This often includes using digital media and different desktop software. Programs are concentrated on making students confident when using digital graphics and design principles. To establish career skills and confidence, programs incorporate numerous courses dedicated to the technical side of the field. Students work through courses that cover interactive multimedia, web animation, C++ programming, and 3D modeling. The concepts of game development are explored when students learn about the theories of game play, artist collaboration, and intricate storytelling. Students that step into programming careers will write the codes that make game play possible. The work completed can include storyline maps and character composites.

The more creative aspects of the industry are explored and learned inside video game design programs. Students receive practical training that provides them in depth education in digital animation, scriptwriting, and character development. The technologies of the field are used to prepare students for careers. Animation software packages and scripting languages are major areas studied within a program. Computer skills are essential in this industry and students will explore the different components of the field through specific courses. Topics may include level design, photo editing, and game texture mapping.

Further training in game art and design can be pursued at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level. Training is crucial to professional success so students should begin learning about how to create video games by enrolling in accredited college programs. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/) and other agencies, are approved to qualify game art and design schools and colleges that offer a quality education for full accreditation.

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