Should You Go To Design School: Doing The Math on Education

13 thoughts on “Should You Go To Design School: Doing The Math on Education

  1. I can see how a design firm would not care about one's education and would be more focused on one's specialty and portfolio. My concern is with non-design companies. For example, if Delta Airlines wanted to hire a graphic designer, I would think they would want to hire someone who has a BA in GD, unless they are looking for a specialty designer.

  2. The proposal of videoing super figures and then distributing those videos eerily resembles the school system in Russian author Zamyatin's "We", an incredibly famous Russian dystopian novel published in 1924. The videos were played for the whole class, and there were supervisors who answered the students' questions. However, that dystopian society also denounced creativity and nonconformist thinking (basically an extreme form of socialism). It's pretty interesting that you are using this video teaching example as a way to further creativity and independence within people.

  3. One thing I've noticed and like about this guy is how he tunnel visions a point from multiple directions to break it down piecewise.

    You pay 100k for a portfolio? for speaking skills? for working with your heroes?

    I'll show you how much you had to pay if you just paid for the portfolio. Then, for just the speaking skills. Then again, just for getting to work with a titan in the industry.

    Such a way of looking at things isn't always accurate but it really helps if you're focused on one goal which you hope to achieve with your education

  4. I am 17 and I don't like my school and education system.
    A small syllabus
    So many borders
    Meaningless grade which says I had this amount of information in this limited time
    And that's why I don't want to be in a college

  5. Mind blowing… Luckily I havnt paid 100k in school… but I understand your concept… Wow… really makes me think…

  6. Your videos kinda became scary. (in a good way) I lost my last designer job because my boss and I had different opinions and goals. Don't wanna dive into that to much. Anyway I was looking for another design job for 1 or 2 months now, but I couldn't find anything. Nobody wanted me, so I thought about going to university and study design. It's crazy that you put out a video like this, where I question my decision again. 😀

  7. I love this video. It was really enlightening for me and pertaining to my personal experiences. I attended the Art Institute of Orange County and went deeply into debt for that decision. While I was there I was told I wasn't a creative. However, at another institution they valued and encouraged my design skills. I've always been a creative person, but I have always been a writer as well. I've struggled to find a career that fit my skills. Any advice for someone like me? It sounds like you are highlighting what took me 10 years to learn. I started in design and ended up doing my MA degree in English instead. I wish you would create a video for someone like me who is trying to find a space where I can use both of my skills. I've been leaning towards illustration and children's books, or just going straight for entrepreneurship. Sometimes it feels like I'm just following the wind. I'd love to get your advice. Thanks!

  8. chris do has decoded the educational system as a whole. unfortunately most of us don't have that 10g's to get started. great fuckin idea though.

  9. OMG! I feel so sad after seeing this video, because i just got an offer form a design school in uk, (which took me 1 year to apply for) and it will cost me 60000 dollars. so I will pay 60000 for a master degree to get a good job.?!?!! I'm Just Now Realizing How Stupid I am.

  10. If you like a design studio and want to get to learn from them (paying $10,000 to shadow them), how do you decide who to reach out to? Client director, creative director, strategy director, etc?

  11. Coming across this video has honestly been the best thing that has happened to me in months. I'm so happy to find people who share similar views like I do. I live in India and here not going to college equals wasting your years. I've never liked college, I did enjoy the discussions and learning methods to an extent but it overall put me off because the whole system was marks based. You needed good marks to graduate, to get into college, to get through an entrance, basically you were valued based on your marks and not by your efforts and this whole mark system was really flawed to me. And so I chose not to go to college and do something on my own, that is self learn. Try and build my own skills, find alternate ways to learn. But again living in an indian society, this wasn't easy. I couldn't afford an art college and ever since I felt on and off with my decisions, feeling like I was missing out on mentorship, friendships, whatever you wrote down in that column, exactly that. I felt like a misfit in a country full of graduates. But I stuck to my plans because I knew I wanted people who don't care about a degree and look at my work and decide whether they want to hire me or not. And art is my passion, I didn't get the logic of paying someone 10 lakhs to teach me something that's natural in me. Something I can practice and get better at.

    This video has really given me that push to look beyond curriculum and education systems, and find my own ways to learn. So thank you so much for putting this material out here for people like me to relate to and know that we're not alone.

  12. Takeaways:

    1:16 Cost vs Value
    Value = What you're getting out of it.

    Cost = Expense.

    9:05 Chris doesn't care what your degree is. With the way that formal education is going, eventually no one will.

    11:12 Gray matter in the brain holds onto facts. White matter is good at connecting things together. Creative people may have more white matter.

    Although they are able to connect things together, they aren't able to articulate themselves. This is why breakdowns like this are important, so you can demistify amibigious feelings about something and concretely look at it objectively.

    15:03 Going to school for a unique portfolio is not a good reason. That's not the result you'll get from a cookie-cutter curriculum.

    16:35 Take the time to do the math on the final product of your education. Is what your making THAT good?

    18:19 There are levels to these benefits. Are you getting the level of benefit from the school that you think you are?

    22:28 Rethink education dogma. There are many ways to skin this cat, make your path interesting, especially when it makes more sense: Call your design idol, pay them instead to learn what you're paying at school to shadow them. Take an entry-level job at the company doing what you want to learn.

    25:37 Tried and true. There are plenty of people who hustled to build themselves. Chris has been friends with them and has hired them.

    28:40 If it's important to you, grow a spine and be persistent in your pursuit.

    30:57 Chris reiterates his point: The future is different. An example of this is Masterclass.com.

    TLDR; If you really want it, you have all the resources to get it at your disposal, what you need is hustle, not school. Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.

    Thank you Chris.

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