Syncretia wrote:...OK. I really didn't want to get in to a justification for formal education. But, I feel that it's necessary at this point....
I'm a "learn it myself" type of person, and I think it's partly because a lot structured/formal education is not great quality. That said, I'm a bit surprised (or not?) that people on KVR took the time to write tomes criticizing the OP for being interested in a structured/formal course on a subject, and "set him straight".
Really? If Howard Scarr did a course on sound design, that would be of no value? The problem with self-learning is that, while everything you need to know is easily available (true now for almost any subject thanks to the web), it's not always clear what's most important and in what order, and there's little feedback (soundcloud comments don't count for music - "Dope!" "I like ur beatz" ). A good formal course can help set you on the right path.
I think the reason there's little available for sound design is that it's somewhat of a niche - not that there aren't millions of people doing it, just maybe not at a level where a solid course would have a good return on investment.
Of course, you can get help on KVR. Just ask a question, and half of your peers can tell you why it was stupid.