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So I want to become a concept artist, is it important to have a degree? I would absolutely love to go back to school, but I have so many financial problems and family issues that Its somewhat impossible to go back. So Im just wondering If I can self taught artist, and just build my portfolio from there? and just take classes here and there if I can afford it. Money is a big issue but I do draw 3-6 hours each day or sometimes more. Just wondering if a degree is important to becoming a concept artist.
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Once in a while you'll find a job listing that will list a degree as a 'preference'. That's not particularly common, and I've definitely never seen it as a requirement.
My bet is that you can teach yourself (perhaps using online resources such as CA's downloadable vids or gnomon vids etc) about as quickly as you would learn in school. It's certainly not worth getting 30k+ in debt, especially if you're already financially stressed.
6 hours a day is good, I would make sure you get a minimum of 5 every day. You'll get there.