Originally posted by lisa_gonzalez
Why do so many people seem to dislike/think degrees are useless??? Thats the impression I'm getting anyway, apologies for any offence.
I'm proud of my degree, and I worked hard for it and got a great job out of it at MPC. I got my job based just on the fact that I graduated from the NCCA - the standard of work from there is always so high, they know that the people they hire will produce good stuff.
Although, if the course at Escape Studios was cheap, everyone would be doing it! I'm sure its worth the money, I had a look at it out of interest and it seems pretty cool.
I mean no disrespect to those that have followed the tried and true path of higher education. I merely point out that those of us not so fortunate as to benefit from that education, should not be so easily dismissed as less worthy because we did not attend "uni".
I posses other than industry related degrees, and do not denigrate those who have chosen other paths to their respective goals.
Originally posted by Pure_Morning
i did computer science at brighton uni and then I did the masters at bournemouth.
You can say that the qualification doesnt matter but I know first hand that it does. I got hired based on my undergraduate degree in computer science as well as my masters. I'm not an animator anything relaly artistic which goes a way to explain it but even so degrees == good things to have
I started in the industry prior to the advent of digital, 3d or flash or . . . and had not the benefit of scholastic courses. We learned by trial and error and pushing the envelope to create our vision. The computerization of the industry was a boon. Those of us with work experience prior to when most of you were born lack your degrees, but our talent and abilities persist. In my work experience I have had the misfortune to meet and work with a growing number of credentialed/educated team members who possed the degree, the knowledge to acquire that degree, and have absolutely no "work related" common sense. Fresh out of school, degrees in hand, full of vim and vigor, and not a clue.
All I am saying is - the knowledge/ability/training, however acquired is great. What the possessor of said training does with that training is proof of the pudding. And I may be way off here, but I believe that if I chose to return to the work environment tomorrow, I could easily compete and find a house willing to embrace me and my lack of university training, based solely on my portfolio, and work experience.