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 NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable? 
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Post Re: NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable?
What David mention is quite true. ADM doesn't focus on the CG aspect itself, but more on the concept of film making. If you just want to do animation, you should consider Animation Mentor or try working in the industry as an animator.

As for having a "dynamic lifestyle"in ADM, it really depends on individual. If you are going to university just to know more friends(gals), to have fun and have overnight party, then you should just drop idea of studying in university.

For me, i dun party in ADM much. I make full use of my time and make sense out of every module i learn in ADM. I try to apply whatever i learn and link it back to my study in "Animation". My perspective of animation had change ever since i started learning with an open mind, and i have not regretted choosing ADM.

I am not very sure if ADM can produce students that can be easily hired after graduating, but i do believe that some students could create a new "trend/style" in animation that maybe someday, people would recognize it as "good" animation.

Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:28 pm

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Post Re: NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable?
Oh the dilemma!

One side of myself tells me Animation is all I want to do, the other tugs at me for not allowing myself to explore all facets of the industry before making a choice.

Oh, the dilemma!

Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:24 pm

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Post Re: NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable?
I'd advice you to look long term, when you're making your decision. Since many animation jobs (for long form animation, especially) here are hired on contract basis, there might be times when you will be forced to look for other jobs in other companies when your contract ends. It'll be fine if there're many companies around that need character animators, so you can move from one company to another when that happens. But at the moment, I believe there are still not that many companies here in Singapore that do long form animation. So in this case, it will be useful if you have other skills, so that you can take on freelance jobs for the time being. There're many freelance projects that require generalists. So for survival sake, that's where a broad based education will come in useful.

Also, as pointed out earlier, having a degree will give you more opportunities to work overseas. A degree will also be useful if you intend to teach at polytechnics or government schools in future. But these are only the tangible things. There're other intangible things as well. A degree course may provide you a more comfortable pace for you to learn and explore the medium better. But you have to be very self motivated, of course. For a good short term specialized course, the pace is definitely not a stroll in the park. Some people can pick up things faster then others, while some can't. So for some people, doing a 4 year degree course will give them more time to be able to learn more things at a more comfortable pace.

But I think the main concern that many people has is that universities may not be a good place to impart good specialised skills. So I think if you want the best of both worlds, you could consider taking up a degree course and then do a short specialized course after that, if you feel that after the 4 years, your skills set is not good enough to give you a job. Naturally in this case, you have to try to find a short term course that is not too expensive. Some of the courses here are heavily subsidized by the government so it shouldn't be too difficult to find one. Also provided time is on your side. If you're still young, I think this is an option worth exploring.

But if time and money is not on your side, then I suggest you take up a good short term course first, then get a job. And see if you really think you need a degree after that. You could always save up some money and do a degree later, it's not a dead end route. Most importantly, consider your current situation, your own personality (whether you can take the stress and fast pace of a short term specialized course) and your priority. And make your decision based on them.

Hope it helps!

Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:43 am

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Post Re: NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable?
Agree with ken.

One thing to add. Many people will join a course or school with this thinking in mind "OK, what are you gonna to teach me today".

Well, that's the 70 and 80 thinking, and you are not studying law or accounting. Truth, you could say you paid the school fee and deserve that, but you would only graduate to become one of many. Try challenge the lecturers, by doing so the lecturer will share with u more.

Opps... just say one more thing. Not sure if you agree. Most graduate from animation mentor has more a less template style of animation. To be honest, your reel can hardly stand out from others if you do so. Try adding more styles to your animation, i.e. realistic animation of human and more importantly animals. Cos... if you were to send you reel for VFX works which require realistic animation.... it will help.

Most school, especially university and poly will encourage students to be very "Creative", by asking them to do something abstract. Say NO to it, or do a little just to get a pass :)
You are not going out there to be animation director. Do something that sells your skills, be creative at your techniques :)

did i say to much ???


Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:50 pm
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Post Re: NTU ADM Degree course: Advisable?
This is a great discussion, ken pointed out many important points relevant to the local industry too. Generalists can get freelance jobs easier then if you were to focus on just character animation.

For your reel, remember the most important point to your employer is "Can you do the job?", and tailor fit your reel to the job, a reel for a tv/film shouldn't be used to apply to a game studio where more body mechanics is expected.

Choosing a school is but your 1st step, like zin said, never go to a class with the mentality of just getting information spoon-fed to you. Its good to start planning now, the 2 years will be over sooner then you think.

Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:49 pm
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