I am new here and need some help and advice from the pros.
I am an illustrator/ artist looking to expand my skill set. I completed a Bachelor of Illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2012 and have been working casual roles alongside my freelance illustration and art biz since then.
There were four really awesome lecturers while I studied at Melb Polytechnic. It was those four teachers and my classmates that really made the degree. I was hugely let down by our industry studio subjects where I actually created my own contracts etc and gained real freelance projects outside of uni that gave me important industry lessons. Moving on though!
At this stage I am considering going back to study, I need to update my design skills and I am currently really keen to learn front end web development. I have enrolled in an online course to start with through Udemy, but I would really like to go back to university as I love meeting new people and having that creative network.
I was hoping if anyone had the time they could tell me about their experiences studying at university and if you know of any Masters/ Graduate Dips that could be suitable for an illustrator that wants to brush up/ expand into web. Also a course and campus that really helps you try to find work experience opportunities.
I am currently looking at going to the Billy Blue Open day this month in Melbourne. I was hoping to talk to them about their Masters and Graduate Cert in UX and Web. Has anyone studied at BB before in Melbourne? I would love to hear from you.
To add to what Dan wrote, I would take a lot more time to try to find out what is involved in the areas you're considering, and what it is you really want to do with your working life. As he suggested, they really are two very different areas, and I don't know of many (if any) that combine both to a level that they are professionally successful. You really need to focus on what you love doing, and aim to become the best you can at that, to be successful.
Wow, @Dave and @Dan agreeing. That would be enough to convince me.
I agree, dev isn't something you can just learn and enjoy. It would be like me buying a pencil and notepad, doing a course on drawing and thinking I'll be an illustrator.
If you are an analytical person who can work out how another person problem solves, then integrate that into your method, go for it. Otherwise you'll probably end up on cookie cutter, process driven projects that won't stimulate your creative side.
Mmm... whatyou fancy more - the idea of getting new skills or just studying as a process. To me it seems you haven't really decided yet.
Take a "trial period" for coding. Finish your Udemy course, participate in internship or smth similar. Try practical part. It'll help you to find out if it's what you want to do or not.