Do I need a college degree to become an illustrator?
October 12, 2010 10:28 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to become a freelance illustrator without a college degree?
posted by morning_television to Education (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been an artist almost all of my life. I made a lot of bad decisions in high school and I went to a technical college to take classes in graphic design. I went for 3 years but then stopped going because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life. This was back in 2006. Since then, I've been floating from job to job. Barely making ends meet and living paycheck to paycheck.
I'm still paying off college I never finished and I feel like I'm stuck in a rut. Recently though, I've decided I wanted to pursue a career in illustration. I've been drawing since and I've been putting together a portfolio. I've been using knowledge I've learned in school and applying it towards my illustrations.
The only thing that makes me feel unmotivated and put aside my art is the fact that I never graduated with a college degree. Is illustration a field that a college degree is valuable in? I can't afford to go back to school, at least not now. But whenever I think about not having a college degree, it ruins my motivation. I feel like I don't have a chance at all.
Thanks for reading