12-12-2008, 03:21 PM
Etienne, I think you hit a really valid point, there. Several valid points, in fact!
Not every university is created equal, and every student learns differently. Some work patiently, chugging through classes many may deem unnecessary, some don't have that inclination. Some are naturally advanced, and don't need to study color theory, typography, graphic design, or Digital Art 101, whilst some get bored with the basics and try to jump into things beyond their understanding, then wonder why they're chronically frustrated by rejection.
And lemme tell ya, some schools spit out artists (degreed, no less!) who can't draw without tracing, nor think beyond "Shadows are black and highlights are white."
There's no set answer except do what works for you. Now, some companies may want to be certain you're proficient with specific programs and techniques; if you have a degree that confirms those requirements, it MIGHT get to the top of the application pile, above those who don't have that silly piece of paper. More importantly in attaining a job, though, is a solid portfolio and NETWORKING. Who you know is just about as important as what you know. This is true of ALL professions, IMHO.