• Andrew WilkinsonAndrew Wilkinson, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Why are you going to school? I'd say just jump into the pool and start swimming—you'll learn way faster and gain real world experience.

    15 points
    • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )


      Besides that though, I personally would also like to study art in general.

      EDIT: Metalab's in Victoria? I live right in Vancouver.

      1 point
      • Andrew WilkinsonAndrew Wilkinson, 8 years ago

        Oh nice. Yeah, we're actually starting a Vancouver office soon. Email me your portfolio: andrew@metalab.co :-)

        5 points
      • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 8 years ago

        As a college-dropout designer paying his wife's student loans off—don't go to college for someone else. I'm with Andrew on this one.

        11 points
      • Mason LawlorMason Lawlor, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

        From a fellow self taught Canadian designer who is 6 years behind Andrew– I think you should reconsider his question. Because even if you want to study Art in general, the hard truth I've learned is that it's hard to focus on two things at once. If you want to become a design "rockstar" it takes 100% focus, at least in the beginning.

        Perhaps look at it this way:

        I quit my job to start a design agency 3.5 years ago. I would still be in school. Instead– I've bootstrapped a company, taken venture capital, lost my company, went through a lawsuit, got 100% ownership back, and rebuilt it again from scratch.

        I can't tell you what's right or wrong, but I have a feeling they don't teach you that kind of street skills in school. Trial by fire.

        An alternative idea– If you're parents are planning to buy your tuition in cash, consider having them invest that money into a small ad campaign over a 2-4 year agreement with $25-50/day. You could live in their basement to keep your overhead low. If you put your mind to it for 4 years straight reading conversion/marketing blogs like Quicksprout, and books like The Four Hour Workweek, you will succeed. It sounds like you're already good at picking skills up via Google.

        Just an alternate route to consider. Good luck man.

        1 point