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I've seen quite a number of people asking about NTU ADM course....
It's more for JC students who wish to break into the CG arena, I think a diploma course is pretty good already. It's also for diploma holders in related areas.

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Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:15 am
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Post Re: Question about taking CG as a career.
I am deciding between uniSIM degree (Visual Com with Business), Nafa or Lasalle design degree or going into CG as a career.
Currently working as graphic designer, with fine art background in NAFA.
Was thinking of taking a degree as upgrade...but going into CG is more of my passion.
Anyone can advise? in future prospect, which is better?


Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:52 pm
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Post Re: Question about taking CG as a career.
Before you decide on what degree to take. First you must ask yourself, what profession you want to be in. And does a degree helps you in anyway towards your career.

e.g If you are talking career as a graphic designer, does having a degree makes a difference in your career? In my own perspective it doesn't seems to be. Unless you want to hold a managing position, government job or teaching position.

Another example to compare is between Graphic Designer and CG Artist. Again, this is just my perspective. The job scope of graphic designer very often focus on Desktop publishing, multimedia production and web publishing.

For desktop publishing, I am seeing more and more people graduating with the skills to do this. Either poly, private school or self learn. And many small publishing companies are importing more and more talents from neighbouring countries to do it. And sad to say, they normally pay them a lot less. I have a few students who came to us because they lost their job as a graphic designer. The boss fire them and hire some overseas artist from neighbouring countries at very low cost. So I see a very tough competition.

As for mutimedia field, it is no longer as hot as 10 to 15 yrs ago during the dot com era. (Meaning all the macromedia authoring work etc) Now more work is moving to flash base. As you no longer need to do one production for web and one for CD rom. One can just do one version for both use. Hence jobs for multimedia artists seems to be less. As for web, believe it is getting competitive as well. And it will be better if you know flash.

As for CG field, I won't say that it is super fantastic. (I just want to make a fair statement) With the global economical situation, everything is affected. However as the field requires more sophisticated skill..... to be really really good at it, currently I don't see a pool of great CG talent here as many as graphic designers, web designers and multimedia designers. I might be wrong. Go ask around. If you talk to a group of artists, check and see how many of them are CG artist working in the industry.

CG Industry in Singapore is still very new. It definitely has room to grow in the field of games, VFX movies, TV series, animated film etc

(It is like venturing into business. Do you prefer to go to a place less where the business you want to venture in already developed or a place less developed.)

Eg, 10 to 15 yrs ago, many people use marker rendering to present architecture work. Now it seems to be a norm to use 3d works for presentation. Even for exhibition booth design presentation.

In my opinion, I feel that knowing 3d skill is an advantage. Get a second opinion. These are just my thoughts.


Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:29 am
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Hi David,
thanks a lot for your reply. It helps a lot! i do love to have 3D skill and to put in fine art painting skill into it...and it has been my passion, but courses out there for animation are EXPENSIVE...so i did not go for it too...
Thanks!!!
Evelyn


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If you need any advise, come to us anytime. There are many here who are very helpful.


Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:55 am
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Sure! ;p
Thanks!


Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:33 am
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Post Re: Question about taking CG as a career.
evelynzoe wrote:
I am deciding between uniSIM degree (Visual Com with Business), Nafa or Lasalle design degree or going into CG as a career.
Currently working as graphic designer, with fine art background in NAFA.
Was thinking of taking a degree as upgrade...but going into CG is more of my passion.
Anyone can advise? in future prospect, which is better?


if you're going to pursue cg as your degree.. please..NEVER EVER EVERRRR TRY LASALLE!!! even they offer animation course.. but their standard is not there..(no matter what course you are in) as in the standard for plunging into cg industry is really not therreeee..(believe me, you can visit their grad show) I'm studying in Lasalle now.. and find that their lecturer seldom or NEVER give you a lecture, just give you some "super duper usefulllll" feedback.. :roll: then you have to keep working on your project with a unclear direction.. my friends from other courses also tell me this.. so.. think twice or thrice!!
and their lecturer not as good as before..(this is what i heard from my senior)

good luck!


Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:36 am
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if you're going to pursue cg as your degree.. please..NEVER EVER EVERRRR TRY LASALLE!!! even they offer animation course.. but their standard is not there..(no matter what course you are in) as in the standard for plunging into cg industry is really not therreeee..(believe me, you can visit their grad show) I'm studying in Lasalle now.. and find that their lecturer seldom or NEVER give you a lecture, just give you some "super duper usefulllll" feedback.. :roll: then you have to keep working on your project with a unclear direction.. my friends from other courses also tell me this.. so.. think twice or thrice!!
and their lecturer not as good as before..(this is what i heard from my senior)

good luck![/quote]


ooo..thanks! :) not thinking of pursuing that direction now...haha...;p


Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:28 am
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Post Re: Question about taking CG as a career.
Hi, I'm new to this community and is glad to see that industry experts are more than willing to help us starters out.

I have some questions that is bugging me, and would certainly like to seek some professional advice. I'm currently doing my National Service which is about to end in a few months time and would like to pursue an education in the creative industry in the future. I have a little background in media design during my poly days but I felt I wasn't prepared to enter the industry.

My interest is rather diverse. I would like to try my hands on pre-production, production to post-production. I know it's important to specialize in what you do, thus I would like to ask what is currently in demand in the industry? ( My primary interest is in 2d concept art but somehow I felt that there isn't much of a local demand here, I may be wrong) If I want to learn 2d/3d on my own, where would be a good place to start?

What schools do you recommend? Or is it better to learn on the job?

Please enlighten me. Thank you for your time!


Sat May 09, 2009 11:26 pm
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Hi

In my opnion, there are very little pre-production job in Singapore. Especially this bad economical climate. Most MNC pre-production work is done in their mother office overseas. For local companies, normally pre-production work relates to IP creation business. Which requires high capital investment. At the current economical situation is not easy to raise money.

My suggestion is always safe guard yourself with a 3d skill to protect your rice bowl.

Here are some pointers which I hope can help you.

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As for the question of specialisation, it is hard to be a master of all skills overnight. Be very very very good at one skill. Get a job and make your first step into the industry. From there you can learn other things and move on to other areas. Get a job first.

Hope the tips here. If there is anything else we can be of help to you, let us know.


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