I'm currently a graphic design student, which used to be one of my passions, but I'm not very satisfied with the program. The way they teach is more like trial and error--do an assignment (no education on the principles of the assignment), it either works or doesn't work, do it again. Maybe this works for some people, but it's not for me. I'm finding it difficult to apply what is "correct" and create good designs. I'm thinking, maybe this just isn't the major for me.
Part of me wants to stick it out for the next two yrs to see if I can actually learn anything, but it's a financial drain and I'd hate to go through all four years and still feel like I wasted all my money.
I thought about transferring to an online school (Full Sail Uni Online, anything I should know about it? I've done a lot of research but let me know if you know anything about it) to save on living costs and tuition costs. My family is currently in a really rough situation and I need to help them out. Even though online schools/degrees tend to have a bad rep (tho I hope Jason can fix this once he gets the TAD school up and running ), I believe that I might get more for my money and be able to save a few thousand while I'm at it.
I was considering either computer animation, or game development. Both are passions of mine as well. Though I've read that a graphic design degree can help with other careers.
My ultimate goal is to start my own multimedia studio, or work in the game industry as either and artist, developer, or director.
Do you think it's worth it to stick to the current program and school I'm in, despite feeling like I'm not getting anywhere (I am learning more by pursuing workshops and classes outside of school. So I really feel like it's a waste to spend thousands to be in a class where I learn nothing)...? Should I change my major?
I guess I'm just trying to save as much money as I can and have a degree that will actually equip me with skills I will need to build a career on. (I am well aware that success doesn't come from a degree though, it comes from within yourself).
I know Jason hopes to get his art school up and running by summer, but I can't depend or plan around that (even though I would love to attend).
Opinions, ideas? I'm young and I don't want to make a hasty stupid decision, and I know I might not be aware of certain consequences and such.
Thanks for reading this angsty frustrating rant!