Is it possible to start a career as an artist/animator without an art degree?

Would it be accepted for a college graduate to apply for a job like this with a degree in something like history, provided they had a portfolio assembled on their own of sketches/works? Or would it be better to have a double-degree or minor in art, even if the school had a poor art program?

Asked By: Kate - 11/30/2009
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Bottom line...if you have the skills, you'll get hired regardless of your education. If you walk in somewhere (if they're hiring that is) and you have a solid portfolio and demo reel, you'll get hired. All studios care about is whether or not you can deliver the goods... More
Answered By: Zanzibar Sansepanz - 11/30/2009
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Most of the best/most famous artists throughout history had no formal training whatsoever. If your work is truly good it will be valued regardless of your education. However if you're looking to be an animator in a major animation studio they will require you to submit a portfolio, which is what you'll get if you go to... More
Answered By: SamWest3 - 11/30/2009
Here is a really cool page that talks about tons of different career paths you could have with different "arts" backgrounds. Sometimes a traditional 4 year school isnt the best for an art major because they are typically more creative and do things in a non-traditional way. I think if you looked at a couple of these... More
Answered By: Sarah - 12/1/2009
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