Hello guys, I have a huge interest in becoming a video game developer. I would like to eventually end up as a creative lead, similar to CliffyB from Epic or Paul Barnett from EA Mythic. I know that you have to work for years and years as a developer before being granted such a prestigious position, which I am willing to do. With this being said I would like to begin my career in development as a map/item designer. I have been accepted to the Art Institute of Washington and I am filling out my final enrollment paperwork on Friday. I have heard mixed reviews on large profit art schools such as AI, and I fully understand that in the end my demo reel is what is going to land me a job. I also know that I could save 80,000+ thousand dollars by learning 3D modeling on my own. However, I do not think that I personally can motivate myself to do this. I will be taking out loans to go to school, but if I prove myself my parents will eventually help me. This means I will most likely only have to pay around $40,000 for my education.
Do you think it is worth it? From my understanding I will be learning ZBrush, AutoCAD, and 3D Studio Max. I currently am a novice 3D Studio Max user and I’m sure a formal classroom environment would be very beneficial to my education. I also know that Art Institute has some sort of affiliation with Mythic Entertainment; many developers at Mythic have degrees from AI.
Any help/direction is very much appreciated as I pretty much have to make a HUGE life decision by Friday afternoon.