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.