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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Any graphic design/computer animator here?

Questions about a possible career change. I know I know, this may not be a great place to ask for infos, but it may be a good place to get unbiased information.

I'm in San Francisco and currently a cell/molecular researcher. So I have no background whatsoever with computer animation/graphic design.

I signed myself up to tour Academy of Arts' Animation program this Saturday. I'll be asking them what I should do before I apply. What program should I apply for? Should I go for the master program because I already have a B.S.? Or should I go with a 2nd bach. If I'm eligible for the master program by taking some pre-req classes at a JC. I'll be sure to ask these questions at the tour, because I will be meeting one of their advisers too.

But maybe you guys can help me with this question: Is Academy of Arts a good/respectable school? Because, haha, it looks like a TV college to me (such as DeVry and such...)

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Re: Any graphic design/computer animator here?

It is one of those tv colleges, BUT alot of people get good jobs from there. It all depends on your portfolio. Go BS, start with the basics. Masters in computer animation/graphic design I really don;t think it exists and employers/design firms don't care if you have a masters degree. BS is more that enough


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Re: Any graphic design/computer animator here?

I'm a graphic designer. Got a BFA from SJSU. Been designing for 6 years now at a advertising/marketing firm.

Graphic design is quite different than computer animation. Graphic design is about being able to convey a message/concept. Knowing all the principles of type faces, grid system, color theory...etc. There is also print production that you need to know in order to properly set up files for printing. Images needing to be the correct DPI, 4 color process, PMS colors, bleeds, crop marks...etc. One mistake in setting up files wrong can cost thousands of dollars in a print job.

The biggest thing firms will look for is experience. With the fast pace of projects needing to be done right away, the last thing a company wants to do is spend/waste time training someone.

I have friends who went to Academy of Arts. They are currently working at firms designing.
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Re: Any graphic design/computer animator here?

Great to hear!

Really looking forward to my tour this Saturday. I have many questions to ask obviously.
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Re: Any graphic design/computer animator here?

Do you have any experience in drawing or rendering by hand? That is a huge and surprisingly overlooked part about going into any design field.

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Re: Any graphic design/computer animator here?

[quote author=Greech link=topic=191904.msg4047319#msg4047319 date=1307896705]
Do you have any experience in drawing or rendering by hand? That is a huge and surprisingly overlooked part about going into any design field.
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I do not. I wouldn't say my hands are artistic at all. I "think" I have an eye for aesthetics and style, and I "believe" I have a way to tell stories. Which is why I'm contemplating the computer animation field.

I met with some advisers at Academy of Art, and since I have no background whatsoever. I should be better off to start from the beginning, and apply as a 2nd bachelor. Then I'll have two options:

1) Take one or two semesters of classes and build up my portfolio, and then apply for the master.
2) Finish the 2nd bachelor, because I already have a B.S., my 2nd bachelor will be much shorter.

I'm fine with either options, I just want to learn the stuff and get out of my research work.
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