I’ve been a bit nervous. I’ve been told various paths you can get into tech art, with a art degree and tech classes or CS degree with art classes. I’ve been nervous about the latter because i don’t really know how well online schools work, whereas there seems to be some community around teaching people without CS degrees,although I’m also questioning the reality of these communities, especially with an arts degree.
I feel like going through the art degree + self learning CS path because i feel the academics would be more manageable but moreso some sense of certainty postgrad, I’m hoping that at the very least 4 years to completely dedicate towards becoming industry ready in both technical art and maybe one part of production such as rigging/animation, storyboarding etc will let me enter the industry. Im especially worried since most people say that the art degree is worthless both inside and outside the industry.
However ive been getting mixed messages. Most people in the industry say art school was a scam and that they didn’t need it, but most voices i hear, from behind the scenes studio videos or forums, went to an art school. It would feel more comforting to hear of someone who actually went to an online school and maybe even had a difficult working situation (as i imagine any software dev job i get postgrad would be intensive) and how they still managed to get into the industry.
My fear is getting the more valuable degree, but getting stuck career wise without connections and maybe even the guidance of an art school.
What does the background and path of a self taught tech artist look like, from the perspective of no art school in general?