I really don't know how to look at this. I have been taking a 3D Animation course since last year. As the deadline is around the corner (October), I am getting more and more discouraged as I came to the realization that I might have made a really dumb mistake and wasted a lot of money.
I like the subject and I am pleased to learn 3D Studio Max. Problem is, I feel that with one year of study and an upcoming diploma, I know nearly nothing new or useful. Firstly, nearly half the course was spent learning computer basics and Photoshop (I have been doing web and graphic design as a profession for years so that felt really pointless). That left only a few months to actually learn 3D related stuff. From there, it's been pretty much following the 3DsMax tutorial book page by page with a few extra exercises tossed in there. I'm really frustrated because I realized I could have bought the new computer (the course included equipment), the software with the tutorial book and learn the same exact thing the same exact way and save a lot of money. Of course, it wouldn't include a diploma, but I'm thinking it's going to be a rather useless piece of paper anyways. I still need a LOT of practice to be able to model properly, much more to be able to animate in 3D, we haven't even covered textures, cameras and lighting YET, I can't even dream of a decent 3D portfolio with what I know by now... However, I'll be getting a 3D Animation diploma with a 92% average next month... That makes no sense to me!
If I don't finish the remaining assignments by October, I don't get the papers so might as well wrap it up properly. But it's been extremely difficult to focus and have any sort of enthusiasm about it anymore. It's pretty much irking me at this point and I'm just trying to cram the rest, get this over with and swallow the fact that my 2D illustrations will be paying for this 3D course for a very long time.
Not sure why I'm saying this here aside from the fact that I'm not around many artists and most people I've been talking to don't understand with I'm having a fit over this (even the instructors). They think the good grades and diploma are cutting it... But I'm seriously doubting it: I'm getting grades and a paper but NO ART to show for it. I intend to work hard to make the tools work for me and I'll practice/learn further on my own. I just wonder if I should put this diploma on my resume or if it will be completely misleading.
**EDIT: Crap, you're probably right... This should be moved. Sorry 'bout that!