Here in the US you don't have to go to school to work at a big shop like Stan's as I understand it. There are some schools here but the "degree" you get doesn't necessarily get you into a job at a shop. There are a couple of schools here that big shops will take interns from one is Cinema Makeup Schools. After talking with a bunch of industry pros, being on forums and watching the videos here with Shannon Shea, what makes you a hire-able artist is your quality of work, your versatility (how many different aspects of SPFX you are well versed in), and the speed at which you can learn and work by yourself and with a team. What seems to be the cost effective way to learn is with the Stan Winston's School and/or the Dick Smith program were you work at home at your own speed. Being a self taught artist isn't a bad way to go. A shop in the end is going to want to see your portfolio showcasing your work, I don't think it matters to them where you learned how to do what you did but that you know it and do it well. If you really want to go school and learn in a classroom setting call up your local shops or shops that you would like to work at and ask if their is a school they prefer you to attend or what schools their employees have gone to if any. They may be able to tell you and they might not but it definitely doesn't hurt to ask. My best advice to you is learn however you can as much as you can and put what you learn into practice. After that practice, practice, practice.
PS. You have got to watch Shannon Shea's videos on the Stan Winston's School site on the Business of Making of Monsters. They will help you a lot.
Wow this tutorial was very enlightening. Learning how the great Howard Berger applies paint was absolutely phenomenal to learn. I liked the breakdown Howard gave on how to apply each transfer. I have to say that due to this specific video is why our show used bondo transfers last year. Thank you Howard for taking the time to make this tutorial and I hope to see another tutorial from you in the future.