Greetings! New guy here so feel free to bully me!
I'm 33 years old and currently have a full time job as a mechanical engineer (already have a degree). I'm working with CAD programs for 8 years now, but unfortunately i'm not very happy with my field. Last year i started some modeling with blender and i must say i'm excited about it. My goal is to create game assets (i'm more interested in environment art instead of characters) while i keep my current job and hopefully i will manage at some point to completely pivot my proffessional life and maintain myself with a new career.
At this point i want to step up with my education and get involved more seriously. After A LOT of research i ended up with some choices:
1. CG Master Academy online environment art program. This is my "favorite" for the moment. I like the classes, tuition is in my limits and i general hear good stuff about them while i get a good vibe about it.
2. CG Spectrum online advanced 3d modeling diploma. This is my second favorite, although i do have some concerns about them cause their curriculum seems to spend a lot of time in character creation (as i said above i prefer hard surface modeling). Their tuition is higher but still in my limit range.
3. Gnomon online individual courses about the stuff that i'm interested to. (modeling, sculpting, hard surface modeling etc). Decent tuition, not sure about them since i only hear good stuff about their full programs which are completely out of my money range.
My last choice is something that i'm not really fond of it. There is a school here in my town (Athens). It's a well known school (SAE) and it has a nice program that fits my needs. Problem with that is that, this option will stress me financial a bit too much and at the same time, will create a lot of troubles with my current job since i will have to attend to classes in the morning.
These are my main options. I would like to hear some opinions from people that are in the field already. What do you think is the best way for me to go on? If there is something else that i miss please do add it on the list, choices are always good. I do however, want this thread to NOT be a paid education vs a free education debate. I know myself and i really need to structure to my education so i keep my motivation levels as high as possible.
Thanks in advance and sorry for my, mediocre at best, english. It's not my native language after all!