Journal Entry: Tue Jan 15, 2013, 8:35 AM
As the title explains, I'm looking for a little advice possibly from someone who has experienced such a thing.
The specific subject is about turning my skills into marketable products for the modern world.
I'm an artist and writer, but I've also always been a big fan of graphic design. I design all my websites and book covers. Sometimes people are more impressed by my book covers than the comics they contain (lol). That's fair.
Everywhere I go with my career, I end up running into the same roadblocks. As a graphic designer, it's difficult to get a job in media, because everything is turning towards the internet. On the internet, programming is a desirable skill which I do not have in the least. My skills are HTML and CSS, and I have a very limited knowledge of how PHP works. A working knowledge of PHP has been almost prerequisite to designing anything for the web for years. With my comics and writing, I run into situations all the time where I need to find someone with programming experience in PHP/SQL. Video game and animation programming are getting very integral to the whole experience, too. It is getting harder to just sit back and be "the artistic talent" while someone else does all the hard work of programming.
So, I have been brushing up and trying to learn a few of these things for myself, but I am totally in the dark. Here's what I'd like to know.
What's the best way to go about learning Flash? Which version of Flash would be the cheapest without being totally outdated?
What programming languages and software (besides Flash of course) are used in video game programming?
Is it worth it to go to school and get a degree in these fields, or can they be self-taught? Does getting a degree really help in finding a job?
I am still thinking about going back to school in a year or two.