For the first time in a long time, I’m teaching summer classes again. They’re scheduled in the afternoon some time between 12:30PM and 6PM beginning Monday June 17. DGME 113 Digital Video (Mondays & Wednesdays 1PM – 5:30PM) is full at 25 students. I have another five on the waiting list but may not take them due to the limited number of cameras we have. DGME 118 Digital Audio (Tuesdays 12:30PM – 6PM, and Thursdays 12:30PM – 4PM) is nearly full at 19 students. This is a good way to get out of the house a few times a week during the summer. I’m updating the web site this week with the new schedule.
I feel sorry for this guy. Someone should have told him that degrees have no meaning in multimedia. Add to that film, video, photography, music, graphic design, web design, and video games. Your skill set, abilities, and body of work will get you in. It’s all subjective but that’s the way these industries operate. A degree doesn’t necessarily denote proficiency. He should’ve studied the core skills needed and made a portfolio or demo reel. He should’ve done this at a community college and saved money on tuition. During his studies, he could’ve decided to continue or change direction without spending a lot of time and money. Now he wants to add another $40K or $50K to his $34K loan? Not a good idea. This isn’t a plug for community colleges but more of about friendly advice. Talk to someone in the field you’re interested in and get the real story on how to get there. Allow yourself to change your mind too.
This pisses me off. The article by Danielle Blundell implies that college is only about job training specifically for office jobs. Here’s my take on those majors to avoid:
Major #1: Architecture – There are buildings being built. There is an industry with jobs. There may not be many but they do exist.
Major #2: Fine Arts – I think most artists are realistic in that they realize there’s a good chance they won’t become rich selling their work. Those skills can be used for commercial design. You can also teach at a college or university.
Major #3: Philosophy and Religious Studies; Major #4: Anthropology and Archaeology - You can teach at a college or university, author books, or be one of the experts on those History Channel docs.
Major #5: Film, Video, and Photographic Arts – This is just ridiculous. There is a film industry. There is a video game industry. There is more photography in the world than ever before. These are jobs that you get with your body of work, not just a resume and a degree.
The majors Danielle Blundell recommend are interesting. Four out of five are office jobs (Accounting, Finance, Business Administration and Management, and Health Care Administration). She states these jobs are in demand but will they still be in four or five years when you graduate? Who knows?
If you know what you like, study it. If you don’t know, find out what you don’t like and study something else. While you’re still young, see where it leads. Allow yourself to change as you grow. There’s always time for one of Danielle’s office jobs.
Here’s as article from PDN about shooting interviews: Frames Per Second: Making Interviews Sound Natural
I’ve decided to start a blog on this page. We’ll see how it goes.