There are lots of posts asking what school to go to and what not, but I’m asking should I finish?
I’m about 2/3rds finished with my Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation. The first half of my schooling here has been great. The foundation classes in traditional art, graphic design, and 2D animation have been very beneficial to me.
My problem is that the 3D animation classes aren’t very…ambitious. If I think about it, all of my lectures have just been on learning the software, and not any advanced lessons in just the craft of computer animation. For example, they teach how to model, but not how to model well. There’s no “advanced modeling” class or “advanced animation” (although the 2D animation classes give you a good understanding of animation). After you learn the basics it’s basically independant study.
If I’m any good at all it’s because I do spend a lot of my own time studying outside of class (why do you think I’m on cgtalk?). But if most of my learning is done on my own why should I pay $5000 a quarter? Really at this point all of my other classes just seem like annoying distractions (the general education is pretty pathetic).
The only reason I’m still in school is because there’s security in it. Sure I’m wracking up thousands in student loans, but I don’t have to worry about those until I graduate. The job market is even more scary, but I also wouldn’t have to worry about that for another 13 months. And while the actual degree may not make a huge difference to employers it would still make the parents happy.
I guess I just resent that I’m gonna spend the next 13 months going another $20,000 in debt while I try and learn on my own while juggling my other classes. Maybe I’m just venting, but I’m curious to see what people think.