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Self Taught vs. Courses
show user profile  crump3ts
Not really a technical question, just looking for people's opinions...

3D design; self-taught vs. University / College courses. How far can someone who is self-taught go vs. one who takes courses? That is in both ability and career options (I would assume that a certificate adds credibility for this...though I've heard from some people that potential employers look pretty much only at your past work and don't care to much about certificates.)

I've checked out some college programs, and the fees are several thousand dollars. As far as I know, you can learn it yourself for way less. I only started doing 3ds max for fun, and don't plan to make anything out of it... but am still curious ;)

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2/18/2009 9:36:17 AM (last edit: 2/18/2009 9:36:17 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
It all depends on the person doing the learning. Some are able to learn just as much if not more by learning by themselves. Others (like me) need the structure of a school to lay out a road map of learning. The only difference in the end is a tuition bill and a degree when you finish.

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2/18/2009 9:48:00 AM (last edit: 2/18/2009 9:48:00 AM)
show user profile  del3d
If you're looking for the ability to use 3dsmax you don't need any university/college courses for that. It just takes time and practice.. like everything.

As far as 3D design.. You were either born with it or not. University will teach you useful approaches, design techniques and composition rules, however will not teach you how to come up with ideas for the designs.

College degress/courses/certificates certainly open up job opportunities.

If it's for fun, all you need to spend your money on is software. There are all the tutorials in the world in the internet to help you learn for free.
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2/18/2009 9:51:13 AM (last edit: 2/18/2009 9:51:13 AM)
show user profile  Error404
lots of people are self taught, myself included. There are tons of tutorials online now days, it should be easier than ever to learn software on your own. -

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2/18/2009 10:10:14 AM (last edit: 2/18/2009 10:10:14 AM)
show user profile  3Ddeath
I'm self taught aswell

There are issues with that, like if you want a goverment job they want to see a check mark for school related to what your doing. Also some companies well asume they can get away with paying you a bit less without school.

That being said, if your spending money yourself on school, its not worth it, with living expenses you can get into debt at something like $45,000 easy, witch is utter BS, because its still hard as hell to find work with school, and after 10 years of doing an office job your probbly going to want to quit and trying something else, something without unpaid overtime and other corporate bs. So, getting paid a little less for 10 years is a hell of a lot better than a $45,000 loan + interest.

If your living with your parents, and they are helping you out for school, its proabbly worth it. IHMO

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2/18/2009 12:03:05 PM (last edit: 2/18/2009 12:04:58 PM)
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