I agree with Sketchy - pixel art does look a lot better than vector art, but I find Vector art a lot easier to produce. I guess that is why good pixel art looks good, it requires true artistic talent.
Being an engineer I have decided to stick to 3D pre-rendered sprites, as I can model inorganic things fairly well.
In regard to needing an art degree to get a job, I would like to think a good portfolio and CV could outweigh not having a degree. Although I have a couple of degrees under my belt and I shall soon be a Doctor in engineering, I have seen some truely clueless fresh graduates, and I guess the same exists in the art profession .
I would hope the merit of someones work would enable them to get a job...
A bachelor of arts really doesn't get you anywhere. If you are considering going to university just for a degree, don't bother, it's not worth it. That said, if you want the experience it could be a good idea. Any of the sciences, however, degrees are pretty much essential (such as Computer Science) for any job in the field.
EDIT: If she's any good, she should start at http://flashgameart.com/ where people post their games and artists bid on taking the job of graphics. Coders can then choose who they want based on the price offered and the portfolio of the artist.
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Have you even been far as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
Heh, I don't think you need an art degree. If anything, art's probably the least likely to need a degree... it's just what they learn from the degree that matters.
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