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Post Re: Is having a cert really important to enter the CG industry?
oopss.. sorry for that..
so do i need to ask my further question there or just here?
thx for reply, moderator~

well, actually i don't really know what kind of artist i want to be..
i just feel exciting when i see something like behind the scene of spiderman, final fantasy, blizzard's game trailer etc.
that's awesome.. and i wish i will be able to do it..n get in the studio like this..

I have reviewed the course brief of Digipen and compare with other school like Academy of Art, Ringling etc
Most of them teach anatomy, cinematography, story-telling and a lot more..
Do I really need to master it before I plunge into CG industry?

Some of the big studio prefer the candidate with bachelor degree in animation or related field.. So what if I didn't have it but holding a diploma in Interior Design?
That means I have to start from scratch and pursue Bachelor Degree in Animation for 4 years? Or you guys can give me some opinions?
Sorry about that because I don't really know about the education pathway..

Another question here,
US and Canada work permit are only available for Bachelor Degree's or higher holder? Because my dream is able to work at there for several years.. hehe XD

Thanks again.

chunhong


Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:29 am
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Post Re: Is having a cert really important to enter the CG industry?
Hi

Welcome to the forum. I am assisting the moderator to answer your question. I am going to try to answer them to my best knowledge. Hope it helps.


well, actually i don't really know what kind of artist i want to be..
i just feel exciting when i see something like behind the scene of spiderman, final fantasy, blizzard's game trailer etc.
that's awesome.. and i wish i will be able to do it..n get in the studio like this..



I know how you feel. But still, you need to think through what you want to do as you will need to specialise eventually.

You need to ask yourself what excites you most and makes you want to look forward to work everyday.

You should look through the link here to have a better understanding of each role.
Then work towards it.

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=24

Each role kind of has an art related field tied to it.

Acting / Drawings / Story telling - Animation
Drawings / Sculpting - Modeling/Texturing
Painting - Lighting/Texturing
Technical related stuff - VFX, Rigging etc...



I have reviewed the course brief of Digipen and compare with other school like Academy of Art, Ringling etc
Most of them teach anatomy, cinematography, story-telling and a lot more..
Do I really need to master it before I plunge into CG industry?




Will be useful. As you can see from above. Its not all about software. But Art.




Some of the big studio prefer the candidate with bachelor degree in animation or related field.. So what if I didn't have it but holding a diploma in Interior Design?
That means I have to start from scratch and pursue Bachelor Degree in Animation for 4 years? Or you guys can give me some opinions?
Sorry about that because I don't really know about the education pathway..




If you are talking Singapore context, Portfolio is the most crucial. However if you are talking about working in US, besides Portfolio, its the degree. its not about the company. But rather an immigration issue. Not only you need a degree. But probably a US degree. Meaning studying there. That will make it easier for you to find work and get a VISA. (But does not guarantee too)

I came across several cases of asians applying a CG job in US. Even though the companies want them, they still could not work there as they cannot get a visa.

Though I said this, but the bottomline is still about your showreel and who you know. If a company really wants you. And if they are a big company. They will go all the way to justify to the immigration why are they hiring you. But not someone from US. I know some Singaporeans working in US major companies without a degree. This is because they have a great showreel and he knows the key people in the studio.



Another question here,
US and Canada work permit are only available for Bachelor Degree's or higher holder? Because my dream is able to work at there for several years.. hehe XD



Depending on your profession. Example ... for nurses, the whole world wants them. If you are talking about CG industry, every country needs to justify why are they allowing you to take over a job that their fellow citizen can do. One of the way to justify is that you are more educated. So one obstacle clear. Then they need to justify whether you have a skill that their people cannot do. And so on...

What I heard is that it is getting harder now to get a working VISA in US. The immigration has to handle this with care. Else their citizen will complain. The last I heard that it is not just an issue of a degree. But probably a US degree. And I am not saying that you do a distant learning. But probably studying in US.

As for Canada. I was told that it is harder to find work there. As you know, there are more happenings in US. That is why even the Canadians are going to US to find work.

And do note that it does not mean if you have a Canadian Degree, you can easily get a US VISA. I am not sure. I might be wrong. But I have an impression if you are a Canadian that maybe easier. But of course, there are many other factors.

All in all, make sure you have a good portfolio. Else even if you have a US degree, without a good portfolio, with a degree will be still be useless.

One last thing...

It does not meant that as long as one has money, one can study in a good US University. As far as I know, many good art school requires you to have a good art portfolio too. (excluding the commercial school)

Hope the pointers help you.

For US VISA issue

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=25


Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:30 am
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