Hi there! First thread and I am so glad I found tsumea. (:
I've skimmed through most of the Qantm/AIE and all Australian-related threads here already. [Why is there bad rap about AIE?]
I visited Melbourne Qantm [tour/interview] and AIE [tour only] yesterday too.
I know this industry is portfolio based,
you need to be REALLY good at what you do,
there's no "best" institution,
you don't need a degree,
you need to be really persistent
and many more experienced people are out there looking for jobs
and basically this industry is looking really bad; now focused on mobile games.
But here are my questions first [then background] in case anyone here can put forth their two cents:
1. Who knows/heard of/has completed/is doing:
-For Animation: Qantm Melbourne's Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Animation)? [2yr]
-Or Melbourne's Academy of Interactive Entertainment's [AIE] Advanced Diploma in Game Development [Game Art or Film/TV]? [2yr]
-Or Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Interactive Digital Media [IDM/Multimedia] from RMIT? Or from Victoria University, Swinburne, Holmesglen? [2yr]
a) If so, how are their facilities and their availability for use?
b) How are the teachers & industry experiences?
c) What sorts of industry connections are there? Placements? Events?
d) Are all the basic foundations & technical skills there? [I know most advanced stuff will be self taught however] To what standard are they being taught? [ie basic, intermediate, expert, industry standard, etc]
2. I'm looking for a course that involves as much of the following while the others, I am willing to learn from other ways:
Passionate about: Illustrative, Visual Storytelling, Character design, Concept art, Concept building, Colour theory, Design principles side of things, Digital arts, advancing my Drawing, computer and technical skills [traditional and digital]. [even animation]
Will learn if needed: Website development and coding, manage a business/business course, marketing myself, networking, collaborations, 3D animation, 2D animation, creating my website, responding to briefs/projects, graphic design, getting work experience/placement/internships, technology, and everything else to ensure I'm on top of the changing industry.
3. Where do I learn business/marketing? Is there an online place I can learn it from? Anything free if possible? Point me to somewhere?
4. MY CHOICES:
**Melbourne's Academy of Interactive Entertainment's [AIE] Advanced Diploma in Game Development [Game Art or Film/TV/VFX]? [2yr] -- [bit of life drawing + game art + collaborative work + 3D art technical mainly, isn't it?]
**Qantm Melbourne's Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Animation) [2yr] -- [generalist course + design + mobile game design + 3d basics with maya + animation it sounds like]
**Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Interactive Digital Media [IDM/Multimedia] from RMIT? Or from Victoria University, Swinburne, Holmesglen? [2yr] -- generalist/keeping options open where you do the basics for each venue [web, coding, sound, 3d, animation, etc] but don't master anything
**A business/marketing course I'll do so I can manage finances and that
**Do self study only [as planned above]
**Do self study + do a business/marketing course
What I plan to do:
Study Andrew Loomis books and other anatomy books. Then get subscriptions at Gnomon and/or Digital Tutor. I don't know whether I can afford Animation Mentor and the others.
Since deciding on my career change to study from 2012 onwards, I went from applying to Graphic Design [GD] to IDM and now considering animation. I cannot apply to complete an actual degree at RMIT for the Bach. of animation as I am past the cut off date for the start of next year thus this is why I'm applying to do the TAFE and get my way into the degree afterwards.
I've always been self taught and my first GD interview told me that I suit Concept Design/Illustration/Animation/Digital Art. My second RMIT TAFE GD interview told me I am "ideal" for Graphic Design. My first RMIT TAFE IDM interview told me that I can do anything without a degree as long as you have connections & a brilliant portfolio. Still, I desire the networking opportunities a course could bring, getting out of home & see and collaborate with like minded people and industry placements else I would stick to studying by myself and am very tempted by TAD, Schoolism by Imaginism Studios, Gnormon Workshop DVDs but I wouldn't know where to start and I am not wealthy either.
My passions are listed in the first list of things in Question 2 above while the second list is what I understand is ideal to survive as an artist. I am not sure about Graphic Design anymore as I am not passionate with what they produce.
I've been going for interviews in Graphic design, Interactive Digital Media and did an interview yesterday for the Qantm Bach. of Interactive Entertainment (Animation). So far:
For TAFE GD: Victoria University, RMIT
For TAFE IDM: Victoria University, Swinburne, RMIT
For Animation: Qantm or AIE
For Game Art or Film/TV/VFX: AIE
This thread is another way I'm trying to investigate my options.
In short: HELP!!! I need opinions. I've got till mid December left for most of the above courses before time's up.
All this research is a bit draining but I need to be sure of my investment. I know there is no right way about it, essentially it's all in your effort/luck/networking, there isn't the "bestest" course in general, but I want some advice/suggestions considering my options.
I appreciate your time and suggestions (: