I can only answer for my experience in animation, but to be honest going to art college isn’t necessary for getting a job. That’s not to say art school isn’t valuable, or worthwhile if you can afford it and know you will make the best out of your time there (actually learning and making stuff).
I wanted to go to art school, but I failed to get into my school of choice and couldn’t afford it anyway. So instead I moved to LA after highschool and got a job as the lowest rung on the ladder at an animation studio, making photocopies and scanning drawings. Over the next decade I moved up to inking, then to layout, then finally design and storyboards, and that served as my education.
These days I think potential hirers value good work ethics and a willingness to grow and learn just as much (or possibly more) than a degree (a good portfolio and the ability to network helps too, of course).