I have a decision to make and was hoping you guys could give me some advice. I think my situation is pretty unique but hopefully other beginners will be able to get something out of it as well.
I am currently enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I love art and plan to continue with it, however im not confident in an art degree providing me with a way to make money, which is necessary for obvious reasons.
I am looking at web design/developement to make money. I know graphics/motion graphics pretty well, and have basic experience in html, css, processing(a coding program apparently similar to c++ but specifically for creating art), and seem to have a knack for it. I guess my question is, how important is a specific college degree in a specific field for getting a job/being successful in web developement?i have completed 2 of 4 years for a bfa and would rather not transfer, but if necessary its better late than never i guess.
It seems to me that a lot of knowledge in the field is self taught, so if i am committed to learning and creating quality work(not just in terms of aesthetics but functionality as well) is it still important to have a degree in computer sciences as apposed to a BFA in new media and art with technology studies? I would think employers look more at past work/ portfolios rather than a college degree, but im afraid this may be wishful thinking.
if it is worth anything, as far as art schools go mine has a fairly extensive tech/new media department, with a lot of big names in net art and such.
i would greatly appreciate any advice/insight!