Liberal arts education, to me , it pretty much seems like what I’ve been doing since I was a young’un, it’s what most of us have been doing in the education system, being taught a range of subjects to prepare us for the real world. Now it’s all good and well with the idea that if you know everything you can do everything, but for me going through such a system I felt somewhat lacking a course of direction, I had no idea what I wanted to be, it just made me go, “Whatever happens, happens”.
Although enough of that, that’s for a later entry and in no way, am I bashing liberal arts, as confused as I was, it does pretty well and offers people a wide range of skills, especially in intellectual aspects, which sort of supports the idea of companies wanting creative individuals with a good liberal art background. It can mean that the people who have been through liberal arts have been exposed to much more than a normal art student, they are influenced by a wide variety of ideas and are probably quite good at analytical thinking, a good trait to have considering problem solving is a key aspect that I have found in most job applications in the industry. But this just means that they’re guaranteed to be somewhat employable, the real key is that the person meets the job requirements, and more than often those requirements are: Drive, passion, team player, problem solver and ability to work with deadlines.
Aspects which not necessarily can just be achieved in a liberal arts college, take our course for example, a straight forward specialised course, here we are learning all those aspects because we are aiming to get into the game industry. We learn to work in teams in our second year, our problem solving is developed through how we work through pieces and of course the deadly 3dsmax, and our drive and passion is apparent, considering we’re on the course and still at it.
So in conclusion I believe that both are valid, I mean of course companies would want the best, and well having a liberal arts would be indeed a great bit of leverage, but the idea that they want well trained is just as valid as we and graduates of the course are proof that even though we lack say the philosophy of Socrates, or the mathematical genius of Ms (insert teacher name) by the time we enter the industry we’ll have those qualities. So in the end is pretty much up to the individual and how they present themselves to the companies.