The choice between an animation/film degree or a CS degree seems to boil down to connections and which is a more valuable credential. It’s hard to find any resources for specifically aiming for tech art as a CS major, and I’m worried I won’t be prepared enough for technical assistant and intern positions from the outside looking in so I wanted to pursue animation and do programming on the side to at least be connected to the industry, but I can’t convince the people around me or myself to spend so much tuition on an arts major, but I am told I have to get some kind of degree.
I am mainly worried about what I would do after graduating focused on a niche. I won’t and don’t really want to compete with people over web development jobs and other fields, and I worry that its easier from the perspective of an industry ready artist learning on the side to get tech art positions. But then there is the worry if I graduate from an animation program both inadequate in animation and programming skills. What then, what backup job would I get to pay the bills while I pursue more training online and such with an animation degree?
Since it seems that getting a degree is non-negotiable and I accept that, I’d prefer to put my head down and do a CS degree, but I’m not sure how I would then get into working in film.