Basically, I want some opinions on where degrees, schools, etc. fall into programming industries, especially game development industries.
I've heard a lot about how going to school to learn about programming won't do you much good, and I think I see what is meant by that. I feel much better and productive teaching myself than paying to sit in a class where they bring up some pre-written code from a textbook and say "See? If you do this it does that. Cool, right? Now go do this assignment while I sit in my office and pretend I'm here to help you".
I've also heard that a degree is very important if you want to get anywhere, even if you just breeze through the classes after having taught yourself everything. One of my concerns is whether or not what I'm teaching myself has anything to do with what I'll actually need to know if I want to be on a professional team.
I want to get some more opinions on this. I have a bit of a rough history concerning colleges and education that I won't get into, but basically money is one huge issue, especially considering that it's been hard for me to stay in one place. Lately I'm considering an online degree program since I'm not technically a resident of the state I'm living in right now. I've looked into various schools but have seen mixed feelings on all of them.
One that caught my attention was "Full Sail", since they actually have a game design program and at first glance it looked reasonably priced, but some reviews told me they actually cost about as much as most art schools and are seen as a bit of a joke to employers. I read that you go there to learn, not for a free ticket to employment, which is basically my goal, but I'm concerned about the cost and that the degrees coming from it are evidently not very useful.
(Clarification: I want to learn and build up experience, not be handed a job.)
What are your guys' thoughts? Anyone familiar with "Full Sail" or other online degree programs? Should I even bother with schools right now or just focus on an independent portfolio?
This post has been edited by mimimintan: 20 October 2013 - 02:09 PM