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Firsh says

Hello everybody!

I always wanted to ask, that for this kind of job that we do, do we actually need a diploma? Do you have one? Yes? Then what kind of, have you achieved more with it? No? Then why not, can you manage without it?

And by the kind of job I don’t mean freelancing, I mean the creative areas that we are in, like VFX , Flash, Design, Coding, Audio creating, 3D, etc.

Currently I’m looking for cheaper VFX schools in the EU. Vancouver school in Canada and the like, even gnomon with it’s $13k tuition is too much for me. In Hungary there are only courses in these areas which give me a certificate. Already have one from autodesk it says maya advanced level. Haha. I want more. Can you help me where could I learn and for how much?

Thanks

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DarkstarDesigns says

you can get aways with no qualifications at all, if you have an amazing portfolio.

But some companies like you to have degree show you have sticking power and the ability to work to deadline, i.e projects!

to be honest with you there is enough fre material and articles out there for you to become good enough to get a job nearly anywhere, it is just practice practice!

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ParkerAndKent says

The best guys that I know don’t have a diploma… for this kind of work it’s important what you can do, not what you are supposed to know… and a diploma doesn’t give you the talent.

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wickedpixel says

Only doctors & surgeons need a diploma.

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djlaw says

I have a BTEC National Diploma In IT.

I’m a web developer and self taught flash enthusiast, I started as a trainee and built my way up.

I could have done the same thing with out a Diploma I guess :P

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VF says

I started with a diploma but I never used computer before the course. So when I completed, I learnt windows, MAC (an ancient version!) and nothing more than “gotoAndStop” in Flash (but the syllabus had more things to cover). Not sure about the course methods on other countries but here, I can say it is useless to spend time on there.

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digitalscience says

I did a one year course back in 1999 and got a Digital Design Diploma.. Flash 4, Photoshop 5.5, pretty basic stuff and then the rest is self taught through working experience. Good idea to do a course to learn the basics just to get you started and then you take it from there – but not necessary.. depends how lazy you are ;)

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damojo says

I did my bsc and msc in “computer animation and special fx” in bradford/uk. I think a diploma is only useful if you intent to get a certain job as an employee. Knowledge-wise I taught everything myself and would not have needed it…

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ArikB says

I am completely self taught. Right now I started development and I am following the OCW course at MIT , but that’s also self taught. It’s just 24 video lectures + assignments online.

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Chuckanucka says

Not sure what its like elsewhere, but in the UK you can get most jobs based solely on your work and how you perform in the interview. That said if you want to work for larger companies and apply for managerial roles, I think qualifications count for a lot. Also you might find your pay capped if you don’t have a degree\diploma.

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