Hello everyone! I'm new to the site and I am already finding it a wonderful resource, so I figured I would consult you guys with my latest predicament. Hopefully you can help me!
I am a college student, currently working towards a business degree. Photoshop has been a major hobby for me for a few years now. I have started to really enjoy photo retouching/restoration and I am currently working to establish a portfolio and start doing freelance work.
I am now considering going to art school. More specifically, The Art Institute of Seattle. They offer an Associates Degree in Photography, and a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.
I am thinking that Photography would be the closest degree to the retouching/restoration line of work, since they offer Digital Imaging classes. However, only getting an Associates Degree is kind of a scary thought. I am trying to think about all of this as realistically as possible. I realize that this is a big decision and one that could possibly destroy my future.
So I guess my questions are mainly directed towards the professionals already in the field:
Is an Associates Degree the standard for this line of work? Or is it a must to have the Bachelor's in order to succeed?
Is there any sort of reliable job market for a digital retoucher?
Is this the right way to get into the business?
Can I actually make a living out of this, or am I just kidding myself?
Any help/opinions are welcome. I am in desparate need of guidance!