Wow, I'm digging up a thread from the dead here huh?
Other then making archiac "pong like" animations in C++ back in HS in 1996, I have no programing experience what so ever.
I have thought about making "lemonade from lemons" and going to school part time while I look for a new job. I'm looking into different Interacive Media programs in Chicago right now, and I'm realizing that it's the normal paradigm for college courses; there is no classes that JUST focus on specific programs, they fold the whole skill set in and work progressively through a cirriculm. On one hand, I feel like I'd be better off going part time to college, covering my ass for living expenses by taking loans, and quitting after a semester if I found a good Industrial Design job in that time frame. I would be doing this in the hopes that what I learned could be useful enough to pick up some basic freelance work in graphic and web design.
At the same time, if I started taking Interactive Media or Interaction Design courses and found it to be stimulating and interesting to me, I might continue to pursue them on a part time basis. I guess I need to determine how much effort and programing knowledge it really would take, considering that I have none at this point.