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eyezaer
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 06-05-2004 17:49

I have been rethinking my college major quite a lot lately. Currently I have an associates in film and video production, and I would like to do something else for my BA... Not real sure what though. I am leaning towards a fine arts major, maybe a music minor… I dunno… I plan on working in the video field (I am now), and hopefully more and more in animation… I really don’t have any other career plans yet… Does anyone have any advice on majors? Possibly ones that would compliment film / animation but not limit me to any of them?

I also thought it might be interesting to see, of those who have completed college, what was your degree(s) and is it at All related to what you are doing now? And for those still in college, what is your degree, and what do you plan on doing with it?

krets
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Right-dead center
Insane since: Nov 2002

posted posted 06-05-2004 18:08

My degree was in Secondary Education Chemistry/Physics. I taught for a couple years and now I'm a trainer for a pharmaceutical computer systems company. I guess my current job is related to my degree in a way because it still involves teaching/training.

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Jestah
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Long Island, NY
Insane since: Jun 2000

posted posted 06-05-2004 20:09

I'm a big advocate of majoring in something general. For me personally, I have a semester left for a double major with Political Science and Psychology. I intend on going to law school after graduation.

In all honesty, I think a major is mostly irrelevant. My aunt works on Wall Street and she has a degree in dance. As far as helping you in the future, I think ambition, hard work, and personal talent has more to do with finding a job then what you majored in. Of course I could be a 100% wrong. If you're interested in film and animation why not just pick up your BA in film or animation?

I think the biggest advantage of choosing a major is it gives you a fairly accurate indication of how well you'd like that field.

Thats just my $.02

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krets
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Right-dead center
Insane since: Nov 2002

posted posted 06-05-2004 20:16

There are definitely a lot of folks out there with jobs that have nothing to do with their majors. The other trainers I work with have majors in such things as occupational therapy, English, business, and even one mortuary science. One guy I work with used to be a dealer at a casino here in KC.

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hyperbole
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Madison, Indiana, USA
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 06-05-2004 20:29

Jestah: I agree with you about majoring in a general area. Often were you end up working has little or nothing to do with what you majored in. This is getting to be more and more true with people expecting to change professions three to four times during their career.

I feel that the purpose of a college education is to broaden your horizons, to teach you that there are other ways of solving problems than the ways you are already using.

eyezaer: based on the skills you say you have and the areas you say you want to work in, you might look into a communication arts major. It covers many different areas including television and film production, computer graphic art and animation.

A fine arts degree with a minor in music would also be a good background for this field.

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Sanzen
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Raleigh, NC
Insane since: Jan 2003

posted posted 06-05-2004 21:01

I'll probably be majoring in Business/Advertising; though, my roots are still in the fine arts and music. I'm hoping to find a way to maybe own my own business in the fine arts or music community. But really a musician is where I want to be, but I know that a college education is too important to throw aside.

It's almost like there are too many "horizons," so to speak, when you get to college. It gets very confusing. College, to me, is about finding yourself.


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Jestah
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Long Island, NY
Insane since: Jun 2000

posted posted 06-05-2004 21:03
quote:
I feel that the purpose of a college education is to broaden your horizons, to teach you that there are other ways of solving problems than the ways you are already using.



I was always under the impression that college was about holding your liquor.

Bandwagon American Since 9/11/01

Sanzen
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Raleigh, NC
Insane since: Jan 2003

posted posted 06-05-2004 21:40

I've never seen any good come out of passing out in college. Never.


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Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 06-06-2004 07:56

I got my BA in English Lit/Creative Writing (or a "BA in BS," as we used to call it). I got my MA in Classical Korean Lit, and am studying for a PhD in the same field. I currently translate (Korean -> English) for a living, and will likely continue to translate, but my ultimate goal is to get a professorship. Actually, my dream is to be a writer, but don't tell anyone--I figure maybe somewhere down the road I'll pull a Tolkien and surprise everyone.

I wouldn't sweat the major too much, at least not on the undergrad level. Once you get to the graduate level, you're pretty much going to be working in the field you get your MA, etc. in. You have a lot more leeway on the undergrad level, though.

And to comment on this exchange:

quote:
Jestah said:

I was always under the impression that college was about holding your liquor.


quote:
Sanzen said:

I've never seen any good come out of passing out in college. Never.


Yup, I think that was precisely Jestah's point.

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WebShaman
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 06-06-2004 12:20

That is most definitely not true, Master Suho - you become qualified for President of the United States!

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Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 06-07-2004 04:08

Well shoot, if that's the only qualification then maybe I should run for president! I could run on a universal shock therapy system platform...

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jstuartj
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Mpls, MN
Insane since: Dec 2000

posted posted 06-07-2004 04:54

The old Shock & Aghhhhhh! platform, I'd vote for you.

synax
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Cell 666
Insane since: Mar 2002

posted posted 06-07-2004 04:55

I've got a major in counting peanuts for howling monkey distribution.

One day I hope to be a pheasant.

"Nothin' like a pro-stabbin' from a pro." -Weadah

CRO8
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: New York City
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 06-07-2004 13:19

B.S.
major: psychology
2 minors: business, communications

Spent 3 years in advertising (worked with physics majors, english, chemistry, psych, pre-med), currently working for a financial firm doing web Content Production/management of firms 5 websites. To some extent a job requires specific skills from a major (physical therapy, law, etc.) but in my experience most jobs you can learn on the job . . .

Fig
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 06-07-2004 16:46

my degree was actually (not making this up) a BED, Bachelor of Environmental Design, i.e. architecture. while it may not directly relate to anything i do now (primarily graphic and interactive design, at the moment working as a graphic artist for an aerospace contractor) i think the general nature of design transcends specific fields and the same sorts of rules and processes apply to architecture, graphic design, industrial design, etc. there's definitely things i learned with regards to creative thinking, processing an idea or concept, etc., that are very relevant to my everyday work.

as far as your major, i would lean towards what jestah said and look at a degree in film or animation. another thought would be to go for a pure art degree and apply that to your staging, color palettes, character design, etc.

right there with you btw, working on stuff in my spare time and eventually want to work in animation or visual effects. we shall see...

chris


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eyezaer
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 06-12-2004 18:02

Oy, yes I am still... around?

I appreciate the impute asylumites. If you don’t see me for a few whiles…. I am trying to figure it out. .

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