AnimSchool 3D Animation Student Showcase
What should I look for in an Animation School?
To be successful in your animation career, why not train under the very best in the business? You should choose a school that employs instructors who have experience with some of the top companies in the 3D industry, such as Dreamworks, Disney, Pixar and Blue Sky. Interacting and consistently getting feedback from top-notch professionals will help you take the next step in your career.
AnimSchool offers its students more hours of live, expert instruction in animation, rigging, and modeling than any other competing school, dollar for dollar. In addition, AnimSchool offers free art classes and consistent open review sessions with experienced professionals to help you expand your skills and abilities.
What Aspects of Learning 3D Animation are Important?
You should select your program carefully, since not all animation programs are created equal. The school you choose should offer training with the highest quality character rigs as well as experienced and accessible instructors. In addition, you should have access to recordings of every class in order to make up missed sessions, or review difficult concepts. Feedback is an important part of the learning process, so students need easy opportunities for evaluation from instructors as well as regular collaboration with peers.
The “Development of Professional Expertise” study conducted in 2009 indicated that the most effective way to learn at a high level is through expert coaching. Regular evaluation of students work allows them to notice the difference between their current skill level and the expert skill level they are working towards, thus shrinking this “performance gap” through each step of the program. This can only be accomplished through continual feedback and interaction with instructors.
The program you invest in to should be a registered school and committed to your long-term education and goals. A good school will advise you throughout the learning process and advocate for you after graduation. This continued support and relationship of trust is something you won’t find in mere workshops and standalone classes. That’s why you should choose a certificate-grating, experienced school.
Look for a school with people to assist you from beginning to end. A dedicated support staff is also an important part of a well-run school. You should have access to an actual person on the other end of the phone any time you have a problem or concern.
The curriculum of your ideal school should offer a broad overview of the field of animation, while focusing on the specific skills that will make you competitive in your chosen area. Too broad a curriculum may hurt more than help, by making you a jack of all trades but master of none. Conversely, programs that narrow the curriculum too much can put you at a disadvantage with studios looking for capable artists. Those students most likely to get jobs upon graduation will be familiar with every aspect of 3D animation, but will be particularly specialized in one or two areas.
AnimSchool offers the best environment for animation students. In addition to all of the benefits listed above, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools and opportunities you need to effectively apply yourself to the hours of daily focused effort required for success.
Are Drawing Skills Important for Learning 3D Animation?
Can you learn 3D animation, even if you aren’t proficient at drawing? While a background in art helps, a school committed to teaching art as well as technical skills can benefit even beginner students. Students with limited drawing experience can be admitted to animation schools, but should plan on doing whatever is necessary to become a better artist. Ultimately, animation schools are more interested in individuals with a confident vision of their creation than technicians who rely on others for artistic inspiration.
Ed Catmull, president of Disney and Pixar says, “learning how to DRAW is really about learning how to SEE.” Although some students of 3D animation do not draw well initially, developing your artistic ability will increase your skills and your competitiveness. AnimSchool offers every student access to free live drawing or art classes throughout each term, as well as full access to recordings of past art classes. You have the opportunity to partake in hundreds of hours of learning in order to become as proficient as you want to be.
Is Location Essential to Learning Animation?
When students are first exploring animation programs, they may first look into options close to them or potential future employers. However, did you know that you can also learn from the comfort of your own home?
3D animation is a competitive field and many students graduate from traditional colleges only to find that it is very difficult to secure a job without mentorship from professionals already in the business. Ultimately, many students who choose the online route (either in addition to or instead of traditional college) qualify more for top animation jobs than their brick and mortar peers.
AnimSchool uses the latest in web conferencing technology and high speed internet to bring a virtual classroom to you wherever you are. Through live instruction and multiple options for peer interaction and feedback, our students find they can learn and interact effectively on their computer, without moving from home.
Will I be Certified?
You should look for a program that offers official certification upon completion. This means that the school has complied with all the state tax laws and regulations designed to protect students from lower quality schools that could be gone in a day. A good school should have sufficient infrastructure to attend to each student’s needs. Remember, while certification is important, the skills you present in your portfolio are what will make you stand out to potential employers.
AnimSchool offers a 12-month certificate program (plus 9 months of prerequite courses) and has an outstanding reputation among employers for the quality of our graduates.
Whatever path you decide, AnimSchool is here to offer you this flexible option to learn the art of 3D animation from the very best in the industry.