First of all, I would like to thank you for your time if you are reading this. I am aware that Tom Sloper already has an article about what should college students major in if thinking of going into the video game industry. However, the reality of this economy is giving me more questions about college major relevancy and I am seeking your opinions on them as well as suggestions on what I should do. I appreciate it if you are reading this too Tom.
Ok, here it goes;
As of right now, I am a sophomore at Brooklyn College aspiring to be a games artist (and hopefully, a game designer or producer). Originally, I wanted to major in Multimedia Computing as a freshman because I thought that doing art and coding would be beneficial to get a job as a game designer and in the industry in general. Furthermore, I felt that learning the same skills that computer science students learn would lead me to better job prospects in case my plans for breaking in the industry fail miserably. Unfortunately, I found that the major requires lots of coding and I found out that I am so bad at that skill. I would not be hired at all if my back up plan were to happen. After seeking Tom’s advice as well as the advice of the forum members in this site I decided to pursue my real passion: art. Thus, I am majoring in studio art and it is still my major as of right now.
One day, I stumbled upon an internet article of the worse college majors and art is one of them. I looked more into this topic and after reading these following articles and one book:
“The New College Reality” by Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder
These led me to believe that art students like myself would have a difficult time getting a job than students majoring in computers, business, or education. To quote from the book “Old Rule: It doesn’t matter what you major I, as long as you get your degree. New Rule: Majors matter.” To quote another from the same book, “Some people say, ‘Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ This advice sounds good to an aspiring artist, but it is hard to love what you do when your home is being foreclosed on and you can’t afford health insurance.” Basically, my art degree isn’t financially rewarding in this economy. The advice of majoring what interests you doesn’t seem to apply these days and I became pretty much lost afterwards.
So I have two options I am thinking about:
- Continue the art major and keep building that portfolio in the hopes of getting an internship, and into the games industry years afterwards. Of course, I still risk being un-employed in this economy while mainstream majors reap the benefits of their education
- Go into my original major prospect: Multimedia computing. Still, I run the risk of bad test grades on coding again. As I stated above, I highly doubt anyone would hire me if my coding skills are bad. Going to another mainstream major may achieve the same bad results as well since it’s not like I am interested in something like financial business (It would be great if I did, I’d be a great math genius!)
Case in point, there doesn’t seem to be an easy route but no one said that life was easy. I still have to be “true to myself” of course but I need to be financially well off as well after collage. So what do you suggest I do? Has anyone had a similar dilemma before?
Thanks for the advice