I'm currently studying CS, and I can honsetly say that one can easily learn everything by yourself, as long as it interests you and you are motivated. I think it's ridiculousness how much you have to pay for something you can easily get yourself, but I guess your not actually paying for the knowledge your paying for the peice of paper. Sadly if you want a job you pretty much have to get that piece of paper. So I would recomend the degree for that reason. It is still good to learn on your own as well, I have definetly learned far more on my own than I have in college.
As far as art/philosophy vs cs, cs will have a much better job outlook. At the same time though, if you are really into art, I would hate to discourage anyone from pursuing their dreams.
-- Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:17 pm --
Also forgot to mention college has many other functions than just earning a degree. You will be exposed to many interesting people and ideas there, so it's also about personal growth.
-- Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:27 pm --
I notice a lot of people thinking about college are concerned with how much money they are going to make. In my opinion fuck money, just do what you love. Even if you make tons of money, is it worth getting up everyday and working at a job you hate and regreting not having pursued your dreams? With art for instance it is hard to pratically apply that, but you could always be an art teacher. Sure you would not be making a ton of money, but at least you would be doing something you enjoy.