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drGonzo
08-29-2008, 11:54 AM
One whole year's worth of software and process development has paid off as we are glad to inform you that our school is now live and open to the public: http://www.td-college.com/

TD-College is the first and only school that truly prepares the student for the realm of CG-production by personally pairing him up with the artists behind movies like The Day After Tomorrow, King Kong, The Matrix and many more. TD-College's personalized mentor system will put each student 1-on-1 with artists from major studios like ILM, Dreamworks, Weta Digital, Disney and Digital Domain. Mentors credits include all blockbusters in recent memory.

TD-College offers CG education with REAL production value; based around a production-designed curriculum, a personal mentor system and an online production environment.

We have many exciting courses coming up over the next few months, and you are now welcome to fill out an application so you can be ready to take any of the courses offered by TD-College. We are currently taking applications for:

Course: Introduction to Python Programming
Mentor : Saty Raghavachary, Training Lead, Dreamworks Animation
Start Date: Sept 7th 2008

Course: Introduction to Python Programming
Mentor : Russell Darling, CG Supervisor, Tippett Studio
Start Date: Sept 14th 2008

Course: Introduction to MEL Programming
Mentor : Kevin Mannens, FX Course Director, TD-College
Start Date: October 5th 2008

We have several other courses in production such as: "Math For Technical Directors", "Introduction to Houdini FX", "Maya FX: Advanced Production Techniques" and "Introduction to RenderMan". We will let you know more about these courses as we get closer to their release date.

Please visit our FAQ for any questions you might have:
http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15

If you still have any further questions, please drop us a line here:
http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_contact&Itemid=3

We like to thank you for your interest and continued support; and we wish to see you at our school soon.

Grgeon
08-29-2008, 06:40 PM
Looks interesting. As for the intro to python, is there differences between the two classes? Do they go into using python with 3d apps?(houdini/maya) and things like PYMEL?

Thanks,
George

fxjeane
08-30-2008, 05:34 AM
Looks interesting. As for the intro to python, is there differences between the two classes? Do they go into using python with 3d apps?(houdini/maya) and things like PYMEL?

Thanks,
George

Both courses are the same content. They just have different mentors and different teaching times. Information on the two courses is available here

http://td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&classid=13

http://td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&classid=14

Sincerely
Rudy

whalerider
08-30-2008, 08:31 AM
How will you ensure there is time for 1-on-1 interaction with students?
Do you limit the number of people per course?

Also, 110 hours of instruction per 6-week course sounds incredibly high. Is it really 18+ hrs/week worth of lectures?

drGonzo
08-30-2008, 08:52 AM
How will you ensure there is time for 1-on-1 interaction with students?
The 1-on-1 is interaction between mentor and student is the core of TDC's educational system. At the beginning of the course, the mentor specifies his availability throughout the 6-week course. We have a calendar system in place that allows the student to book personal time with his mentor each week, based on the mentor's predefined availability. This system also sends students notification emails/personal messages when the meeting is approaching. To facilitate these meetings, we use a remote learning application that allows for desktop sharing, video-interaction, voice communication, virtual classrooms and much more.

Do you limit the number of people per course?
This depends on the mentors availability, but the average group size is 4 students per mentor.

Also, 110 hours of instruction per 6-week course sounds incredibly high. Is it really 18+ hrs/week worth of lectures?
These hours include videos, lectures, PDF's, 1-on-1 sessions, Q&A sessions, homework and group sessions.

Make no mistake, this is a very intense course that will require your utmost dedication. Afterall, we provide production-based training, designed and thaught by production-hardened TD's. Production, and hence our training, is not a pic-nic. We provide intense, hardcore, feature film level content that truly prepares you for production.

Als
08-31-2008, 12:03 AM
Are you covering UK time zone?


Als

drGonzo
08-31-2008, 05:57 AM
Are you covering UK time zone?
Yes.
TD-College is timezone-independent: this means that you can download and and view the lectures/PDF at your own leisure. Some courses have several mentors spread out over several timezones, so you can plan 1-on-1 sessions accordingly.

Please have a look here for more info about TDC's learning process:
http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15#15

DangerAhead
09-02-2008, 11:38 PM
It seems cool. Like AnimationMentor. which works very well. but $1200 for a python class seems a bit steep.

pymel is a must-module nowadays.

Saty Raghavachary is a great author and teacher. so the class will be good -- no doubt.

My jury is out.

fxjeane
09-03-2008, 04:03 PM
It seems cool. Like AnimationMentor. which works very well. but $1200 for a python class seems a bit steep.

pymel is a must-module nowadays.

Saty Raghavachary is a great author and teacher. so the class will be good -- no doubt.

My jury is out.

Hello everyone

Yeah, im sure 1200 might seem steep, but consider this.

You are not just getting a video to follow and an email to ask questions. You get one on one time over webcam/audio with your mentor. We believe we are about the only ones who offer this (not a pre-recorded critique) and when it comes to TD concepts it is really important to have a live connection. In a pre-recorded video the mentor might explain a concept in a way that is not clear to the student, while in a live session, if the student is not getting it, the mentor can use other "analogies" to try and explain the concept in a different way.

That makes a huge difference when learning and yes, it costs a bit more since we have to pay our TOP OF THE LINE mentors :D

Rudy

whalerider
09-03-2008, 04:10 PM
Are there plans to offer classes that go beyond the intro topics of Python or C++?

I agree that having a mentor can help understand the basics really well, but beginner level skills may not be good enough to impress employers.

drGonzo
09-03-2008, 05:26 PM
Are there plans to offer classes that go beyond the intro topics of Python or C++?

It is important to realize that TDC is not an "Intro to..." school. Our programming courses indeed assume zero programming knowledge, but the intensity, homework and structure of the courseware is such that from week 3 onwards, it is already above and beyond any intro book. We focus on production-tested content, designed and delivered by battle-hardened TD's. If you go to our quotes page (http://td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8), you will see endorsements from experienced programmers who did the Python course (for example) and who praise our courses for giving them in-depth, insider information they could never have gotten on their own.

Same goes for our Maya/Houdini/Renderman courses. To get the most out of TDC's courses, we expect our students to be already fluent in the application they take a course on. That is also why we enforce a pre-requisites system and why students are required to complete and pass the Ability to Beneffit (also know as the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Quicktest). More about that on our admissions page:
http://td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12

For more advanced courses (like the Production Techniques courses) there are more specific pre-requisites. If you want to enroll in one these courses without having completed the relevant TD-College introduction courses, you will have to prove that you have the necessary, relevant knowledge. This can be done by passing a questionnaire and/or by providing a demo-reel and resume. The final decision lies with the course director.

Please let us know ifyou have any further questions.

Als
09-03-2008, 09:12 PM
I think the concept is brilliant. And the concept is right!
Now just to find sponsor...

Have you tried to get partial funding by some foundations?
(like UK skills programme?) http://www.ukskills.org.uk/

Are there some payments plans?

Thanks


Als

drGonzo
09-06-2008, 10:17 AM
Are there some payments plans?
For single courses, TD College doesn't offer any direct financial assistance to our students. We are however, in the process of establishing relationships with several lending companies that offer student loans.

drGonzo
09-09-2008, 05:24 PM
We have just posted 2 new "TDC Tech Bytes", short free lessons donated by TDC to all aspiring Technical Directors in the world:
http://www.td-college.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=40

Note that the actual TDC courseware is VASTLY more in depth, since all our courses consist of at least 20 hours of video, 150 pages of courseware and 10 hours of personal interaction with a mentor. Tech Bytes are just teasers; "des amuse-gueles".

drGonzo
09-28-2008, 06:56 AM
Introduction To MEL Programming now accepting applications!

More info at:
More info at: http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&classid=15

plug3
09-28-2008, 08:54 PM
We have just posted 2 new "TDC Tech Bytes", short free lessons donated by TDC to all aspiring Technical Directors in the world:
http://www.td-college.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=40

...

I'm having trouble seeing those videos. They are loading (or pre-loading) for ever and never start.

drGonzo
09-30-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm having trouble seeing those videos. They are loading (or pre-loading) for ever and never start.
Very odd.

What browser and OS are you using?

plug3
09-30-2008, 05:09 PM
firefox and win XP 32 (SP3).

drGonzo
09-30-2008, 05:37 PM
Weird. Are you sure you have the latest flash player?
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/

plug3
09-30-2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks. That was the problem.

drGonzo
10-03-2008, 07:25 AM
We have just posted 3 new "TDC Tech Bytes", short free lessons donated by TDC to all aspiring Technical Directors in the world:
http://www.td-college.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=40

Note that the actual TDC courseware is VASTLY more in depth, since all our courses consist of at least 20 hours of video, 150 pages of courseware and 10 hours of personal interaction with a mentor. Tech Bytes are just teasers; "des amuse-gueles".

drGonzo
10-03-2008, 07:42 AM
http://www.td-college.com/ is proud to announce another release of our new and highly anticipated course "Introduction to Mel Programming". After the obligatory intro to programming concepts, this intense, 6-week course will sink its teeth in hard-core, make-it-work production scripting that will have students turn out useful scripts to produce more with less effort.

Mentor of this edition is Pipeline Supervisor Sean Looper, whose film-credits include:



The Time Traveler's Wife
The Spirit
Jumper
Live Free or Die Hard
Blades of Glory
Norbit
Talladega Nights
Slither
Final Destination 3
Zathura
Apply now, as places are limited.

prettyh8machine
11-21-2008, 08:29 PM
When exactly are you planning to offer Mental Ray courses and other advanced shader writing courses etc? Who're gonna be the mentors? Any idea?

Cheers

drGonzo
11-24-2008, 09:34 PM
When exactly are you planning to offer Mental Ray courses and other advanced shader writing courses etc? Who're gonna be the mentors? Any idea?

we currently have some RenderMan courses in development. One of them is "Intro to RenderMan for Production" course in development. It's being written by Chris Armsden (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1942545/) and should be available early in the new year.

Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on any of our courses.

prettyh8machine
12-22-2008, 04:56 AM
I'm subscribed to td-college's newsletter and I keep checking back their website as well but I don't know why it seems it's absolutely dead. No courses are available for registration..no news. Can someone just re-assure me that it's still alive and new courses will indeed be offered early next year?

cheers

drGonzo
01-02-2009, 10:12 PM
TD-College is offering another MEL course starting January 11th 2009

More info here:
http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&classid=18

Here is what other students had to say about TDC's previous MEL courses:

"TD-College did not only give me the expertise in the use of the tools, but also a deep insight in the methodology of high-end VFX production. On top of that, the mentors at TD-College really take deep pride in making sure that their students understand every topic of the course material. As a result of this, I was able to solve many of our internal pipeline problems, ever since the first weeks of my course. TD-College really helped me to take the next step."

Lars Peder Sorli
Oslo - Norway

"MEL is not just something for programmers, it is something every artist needs to know. It will make your every day work faster, and you will be friends with everybody. The first and second week I struggled big time to understand MEL; and week 3 onwards, it got even worse. But my mentor, Kevin Mannens, helped me every step of the way and guided me back on track and slowly I started to understand the mystique of MEL. So much so that now, I am able to create my own GUI and write scripts that save me a huge amount of time. TD-College offers you the best way of learning MEL, because you learn from TD`s that have many years of production experience - and TDC's courses are based on that battle-hardened experience. The lectures and assignments are very demanding, yet motivating, educational and fun. I highly recommend TD-College to anyone - from beginner to professional - who wants learn MEL and have ultimate control over Maya."

Kai Solberg
Oslo - Norway

drGonzo
02-08-2009, 04:45 AM
TD-College is offering 2 instances of its highly acclaimed Python course; one taught by Russell Darling and one by Chris Armsden.
Mentor's credit lits:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201402/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1942545/

Enroll now at: http://www.td-college.com/index.php

TurboTronix
02-08-2009, 04:02 PM
I graduated from Computer Science and I am presently working as a Technical Architect in a corporate company. I also have a Bachelor in Computation Arts (studied Maya). I am interested in becoming a Technical Director in the 3D domain but I am unsure what is needed. Will this college allow me to easily find a job as a Technical Director? Will I be able to follow these courses while working full-time (since I am presently working)? What's the percentage of people hired upon completing your college? Will I get some sort of a certificate in the end?

drGonzo
02-09-2009, 03:35 AM
Will this college allow me to easily find a job as a Technical Director?

Without a doubt our courses prepare the students more then enough to be employable by any company. We can however not guarantee employment in any studio, big or small.
Landing a job as a TD at one of the big studios is usually a process. You will more than likely first work in a smaller boutique shop until you become experienced enough to be considered by the big studios. There are people who land jobs on such studios right away, but that is usually more due to a combination of timing than talent.

That said, given the resumes of TDCs mentors, our students are in a unique position to access prime employment information.As with everything, it is not only what you know, but also who you know.

Will I be able to follow these courses while working full-time (since I am presently working)?
Yes, but you will have to be very efficient with your time. Our courses are without a doubt the most intense available, and as such they need the student's utmost dedication. Just like production, we work with a review/deadline based system and you have to deliver high quality work on time.

What's the percentage of people hired upon completing your college? Will I get some sort of a certificate in the end?

We have no official numbers on that, but if you want to become a TD, TD-College is the only school that will truly prepare you for a job in the industry. We do not provide you a DVD and let you fend for yourself after that, instead, we pair you up with VFX veterans (all with at least 5 years of feature film experience), for personal, 1-on-1 sessions. They will only help you through the learning process, but also assist you with your homework and provide their tips in insights how to make your work better and more efficient.

You can find a list of our mentors and their feature film credits on our website.

Please also have a look at our FAQ for more information:
http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60

Please get back to me with any further questions. if you want, send me a mail at kevin@td-college.com and we can have a personal chat about your options.

drGonzo
02-11-2009, 01:24 AM
TD- College just announced another instance of its much praized MEL class.

http://www.td-college.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&classid=25

The mentor of this class is Maya R&D legend Julian Mann. Have a look at Julian's impressive credit history at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542831/

drGonzo
02-21-2009, 12:25 AM
TD-College is now offering *advanced* Houdini, Python and MEL classes - all taught by Hollywood veterans with years of feature film experience, such as Kevin Gillen, who worked on:


Indiana Jones and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull
Live Free or Die Hard
In the Name of the King
The Last Mimzi
Superman Returns
The Wild
The Hunted Mansion
Charlies Angels:Full Throttle
The Matrix Reloaded
The Polar Express
The Time Machine
Daredevil
The Forgotten
we are also very proud to have Maya legend Julian Mann in our midst. Julian will be teaching the next installlemt of our MEL course. Julian has an incredible wealth of experience and worked on movies like:


Chi bi
Wanted
10.000 B.C.
Fred Claus
Batman Begins
Kindom of Heaven
Alien vs Predator
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Troy
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Below
Dragonfly
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Enemy at the Gates
Nutty Professor II:The Klumps
Pitch Black
The Mask of Zorro
The English Patient
TD-College, we put the production in CG-education.

More info at: http://www.td-college.com/

drGonzo
03-02-2009, 01:46 AM
We have just updated our quotes page with snippets of what graduates had to say about TD-College. Have a look and lets us know if you have any questions....

http://www.td-college.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=8

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