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January 19, 2018
“HOFT Institute: How the House of Tutors Became a Small Business Legend”
Austin’s beloved family-owned House of Tutors has transformed from a one-stop tutoring center located in West Campus to The HOFT Institute (HOFT), a multi-faceted education powerhouse that attracts learners from around the globe!
The city of Austin has changed quite dramatically over the years. A quick glance at their website, www.hoft.edu, reveals that HOFT has its pulse on the city with a portfolio of services targeted to meet Austin’s latest demographic trends as well as the future needs of our booming tech industries.
HOFT Institute is privately owned and has been continuously managed by the Malik family since 1982. The Malik family has a proud tradition of personalized and exceptional service that continues today through the dedicated and caring professionalism of the HOFT global team. The HOFT campus includes 11,000 square feet of classrooms, lecture halls,, student commons, offices, and a computer lab. Open seven days a week, it is conveniently located on 24th and Pearl Streets within walking distance of the University of Texas, in Austin.
What’s in store for HOFT in 2018? It launched The Game Design and Development Lab, an intensive, portfolio-based curriculum that will grant game design hopefuls the requisite industry experience needed to land a job in today’s competitive game design market.
HOFT has certainly outgrown its humble beginnings as the House of Tutors. It owes its success to its ability to innovate and evolve with client and market needs.
January 15, 2018
“HOFT Institute’s Game Lab – Ready to Launch Game Design Careers”
Snippet: The Game Lab at HOFT is poised to put fresh talent into game design careers in Austin, Texas. Its intensive evening program delivers top notch game design experiences relevant for entry into the competitive job market.
Ask any young Austinite about his or her dream job, and you’re bound to hear enthusiastic interest in the game design field. This boom in learner interest, along with strong, international gaming markets, may explain the many summer camps and packed classes at local colleges and universities.
Yet there is one challenge that game design hopefuls will inevitably face, the ultimate boss level known only as “the Job Search.” What makes the job search such a hurdle is the lack of industry-specific experience such as having one’s name in the credits, shipping a new title and working with local industry experts.
“My professor told me that the best way to get a job in the game industry is to already have job experience, and the closest thing to having experience is working with a team on projects like modding and creating Indie games,” explains Taylor, a local game art student at Austin Community College. “I just want to have really good portfolio. If I could have a game related project that I worked on and had my name in the credits, I think that would be really helpful. It would show that I have good work ethic, can complete a project, and have the necessary skills to be in the game industry.”
That’s where HOFT’s Game Lab comes in, offering industry newbies the opportunity to level up.
The Game Lab at HOFT is poised to put fresh talent into game design careers in Austin, Texas. Its intensive evening program delivers top notch game design experiences relevant for entry into the competitive job market.
Learn more at gamedevelopmentlab.com