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- November 2, 2018 at 12:22 AM #72002889DivinejamesBlocked
Boyfriend now feels that he has wasted a year of schooling because he reasoned that an art degree wouldn’t be worth it so he started as an education major to become an art educator, although that isn’t what he wanted to do. It all came down to what would make him a livable salary. I advised against it and told him that if he was just going into a career for the money, he is going to be miserable. So now, he has decided that he’s gonna pursue a degree in traditional 2D animation, but is unsure if it’s worth going into serious debt over. Does the school matter? Does a good job market exist for 2D animation? Would you have gone into animation had you had to go into tons of debt for it? Does it pay well? Is a traditional 4-year college education even necessary? Is there any advice that you’d give him?
- November 3, 2018 at 6:12 AM #72002942paulearsParticipant
A degree counts for nothing unless you have gained the skills and are good at it once you qualify. I know people who had a degree, then a masters, then a doctorate and are totally useless and nobody in their right mind would give them a job, because they know about the subject, have researched the subject, can evaluate other people work in the subject – but nowhere does it say that they can actually do it themselves.
The jobs exist for those with talent. You don’t get talent as a criterion in getting a degree.People employe editors, animators and other creatives for what they add to the project brew. A degree guarantees nothing!
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- November 5, 2018 at 5:01 PM #72003068Mike WilhelmKeymaster
I’ve edited out the links, but the thread is otherwise good, so I’m leaving this up.
- November 7, 2018 at 7:09 AM #72003193paulearsParticipant
I wondered if my reply was a bit testy, but back in 1994 for some odd reason I signed up on our UK post grad teaching qualification and became an educationalist. My original qualification in the late 70’s was in Radio Frequency Engineering, which oddly I soon discovered was just not the career for me. I got a bit bored and got into working for the universities and exam boards and ended up a Principal Examiner, and writer for new qualifications. Then I discovered that my imagined link between competence and qualifications was just vapour. So many talented people mixed in with idiots, and they ALL can get a degree. The system here is terrible. Huge debt for everyone in the system, so if they get well paid work at the end, they start to repay the debt to the Government. The useless ones never get work, so never repay it. How stupid a system is that! My best crew and other folk are good because of their innate skills, NOT because they have a degree,
- November 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM #72003205bobspezParticipant
Aside from the fact this was not a sincere question, just a platform to introduce spam onto the website, an equivalent question would be is it worthwhile to get a degree or qualifications in any field. I think the answer is that for those with the desire and talent it may be worthwhile if they also have the drive and luck and personality to succeed in their chosen field. I would guess that for those who do get their foot in the door in their chosen field, the real learning starts on the job, and 95% of what they learned in school has no relevance. What any school does teach you is to perservere, learn and play the game, and get that piece of paper that may lead to a job interview. In that respect it really does prepare you for life rather than whatever field you are studying. The debt can be reduced substantially if you commute from home to a state college or university and work part time, rather than board at a private college or university.
- November 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM #72003249Utah Video ProductionParticipant
Here are my thoughts about a job as a 2D animator, which is what I do a lot of. Question 1, is it worth going into serious debt over. Answer: NO. For the cost of 1 semester at a lot of universities, you can purchase all of the training at School of Motion, MoGraph-Mentor and Grayscale Gorilla. You will save a lot of money and more likely get a better education on 2D animation. Did I mention it is way cheaper?
The other “cheap” alternative is doing an internship. Which will also help grow your network.
Question #2: Does the school matter? Awnser: Depends. If you want to teach then more then anything. If you want to work for a corporation, then yes, often times your degree is tied into your pay. If you want to grow your network school is a great place to do that as well.
Question #3: Does a good job market exist for 2D animation? Answer: Yes.
Question #4: Would you have gone into animation had you had to go into tons of debt for it? Answer: I did go to college but don’t feel it was necessary.
Question #5: Does it pay well? Answer: Depends on what you think is a good pay. You will make a lot more if you want to be a doctor or lawyer that is for sure.
The remaining questions are redundant so I think that is good for now. Just my two cents. I own a Utah Video Production company in Salt Lake and when I hire people I don’t care about their degree, I care about how hard they work and their demo reel.
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