I’ve been making art my whole life, but I don’t have a degree in art. Many jobs in my area (San Francisco/North Bay) want you to have a BFA or BA in graphic design. But at this point, I’ve had several “professional” graphic design jobs - professional in quotes because they were small companies.
So I wonder, I’ve made it this far - do I need a degree?
At this point I’m trying to do freelance, not apply to regular full time jobs so I don’t need a degree in that sense, but someday that might change.
I’ve been following some professional digital artists on youtube, and they all seem to have gone to an art university.
Were I to go back to school, I would learn some things, and it would force me to make projects and improve my skill, but that’s a lot of time, money and commitment. I’m not sure it’s worth it.
I might be better off taking a few courses here or there (like say an online course in handlettering) to improve my skills. I do enjoy learning and taking classes.
What are your thoughts on degrees and online courses?