I’ve been learning web design on my own for four years and I want to make a living out of it.
I have learnt a lot of things reading web design articles and blogs and I even have a [Tuts+](http://tutspremium.com) membership, so I’m not sure if it’s going to be of some benefit getting a design degree, but I haven’t done too much stuff to “prove” my skills.
Actually, I made a website a couple years ago ([la-almohada.com](http://la-almohada.com)) and right now I’m re-designing a small blog for a friend (vicia2.com). Of course I also made my website ([condimen.com](http://condimen.com)).
Do you think is possible with my experience? Do you know any place to start, some internships perhaps? Or do you think I should get a degree?
As in a degree for Graphic Design? I wouldn’t go for a degree in Web Design as most classes are outdated. Students will even tell you this. It may help you build your portfolio but so can creating your own projects.
If you were to get a degree in anything, I personally would recommend marketing. Like anything else, the whole concept of marketing can be learned in the school of hard knocks, but it is a program that would compliment web design which also shares work in online advertising, audience targeting, user behavior, etc. So I think a lot of those fundamentals are not only good, but they would serve you long term (where as a web or graphic design degree gets dated REALLY fast).
If you are serious about it, I totally agree with chris – you can get projects with your experience. You just need to be realistic about where you start. Just talk to friends and family and ask them if they know anyone who needs a website built. Likely you will find at least a couple opportunities and openly ask for any referrals if they liked the work you do. Get a couple projects under your belt and you’ll get a better sense of what to do next.
Education is great, but real world experience is the real key to being good at it. Another thing to consider that many company’s won’t hire someone without a degree, Microsoft being one of them, regardless of the position. Also, college makes us appreciate hard work, and I honestly couldn’t have done all I have without that experience. You probably should just do what feels right for you.