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sukritsachdeva
09-23-2010, 06:32 PM
Hey,
Im currently in the 3rd(final) year of my graduation in Animation from BIT(INDIA).
I am considering Seneca and Sheridan's one year PG course in visual effects. I'd love to get feedback on the both the respective course providers and the reputation.
Also, if there is any 2 years PG level course in visual effects in Canada(that would help me a lot, since i will get 3 years work permit)

Thanks a lot
Sukrit Sachdeva

sukritsachdeva
09-25-2010, 05:28 PM
Anybody thr??? :scream:

SenecaAnimation
10-06-2010, 12:10 AM
Hi Sukrit,

You can contact the coordinator of the Visual Effects program at Seneca through his email. joe.raasch@senecac.on.ca

I coordinate the post graduate 3D Animation program, so I may be able to answer a question if it is not too specific to the VFT program.

Sincerely,

sukritsachdeva
10-06-2010, 06:50 AM
hey,

i already did contact him once, he did actully help me a lot with the description of the program and everything..but my main question remains unanswered about Seneca Vs. Sheridan for the PG vfx course?

SenecaAnimation
10-13-2010, 02:24 AM
I think you should be able to ask the Sheridan coordinator to put you in contact with some students, so you could ask them directly about the course. I know Joe would do the same if you asked him for the Seneca program. Are you planning on coming to Canada prior to the courses starting? You may be able to visit the campus' before you make a decision if you have enough time. We're somewhat close (about an hour drive) from eachother.

Sincerely,

sukritsachdeva
10-13-2010, 06:49 AM
Thanks a lot for the suggestion SenecaAnimation :)

taxguy
10-14-2010, 12:13 PM
First, let me state that I don't know much about Seneca College nor did I check out each college's facilities. However, I did closely examine both programs, and here is my take:

Seneca College has an 8 month certificate in 3d. If you go to Sheridan, you get to choose among three different certificates in annimation, each program taking about a year.

Frankly, regardless of the offerings, I would bet that 2-3 years of traininig beats out 8 months! Thus,why did Seneca adopt this abreviated approach: money! It costs less and they can charge less.

Bottom line: if money is in very short supply and time is of the essence, Seneca College's program might do the trick. They probably expose you to most of the animation concepts.

However, if indepth training is what's important, and you have the funds for this type of training, I would pick Sheridan hands-down.

sukritsachdeva
10-14-2010, 03:49 PM
wow..nice observation taxguy :applause: !!

brilliantly studied mahn.. thanks a lot.. you rock :buttrock:

and now,

im confused :sad: cuz ive got sm of my friends saying sheridan is the best(amd thats my opinion too) and 2-3 passouts of seneca are talkng good about it. what do i do? Also, since you are talking about 3d, one of them told me that sheridan is good for animation(2d, 3d) but if I want to go for VFX(which i do) i should go for seneca!

Stellios
10-14-2010, 04:32 PM
thebiggest thing you should be looking at is the instructors. Get all of their names and research them thouroughly. ALL of them, not just the ones the school uses as headliners.

kurtw
10-28-2010, 06:04 AM
I went to Sheridan and Seneca, but that was 10-15 years ago.

Both were solid programs, I did Illustration and Traditional [non cg] animation at Sheridan and Digital animation at Seneca.

Back then Sheridan only taught Softimage, [not XSI, it didn't exist then] and Seneca was the only college teaching the then new Maya [version 1].

I went with Seneca because they were the only program offering Maya at that time.

The Seneca college program is shorter, but I understand they have a few multi-year programs as well.

Both colleges have instructors that taught at one school or the other. I believe some of my instructors at Sheridan are currently at Seneca today.

That being said the program length may or may not be an issue unless you want to consider the ramifications of work visas for working in the US , Canada or the EU. I think you may have that covered since you have 3 years of art training already, so you're looking for a post graduate program.

What aspect of the industry do you wish to enter? Animation? Modelling? FX?

rraj
11-03-2010, 09:13 AM
Hi sukrit.Am also planning to go to Canada for further studies and i have done some research which might help you also.Thinktank is the college am planning to go.Its in Vancouver.

And i agreed with Stellios that you have to see the mentor first.Because in the end the only thing matter is your portfolio and the knowledge u gained from that college.

Below is my gtalk id,u can add or ask me directly if u want.

rishiraj04@gmail.com

rraj
11-03-2010, 07:38 PM
For VFX this school is also good - http://www.lostboys-learning.com/.Have a look.

sukritsachdeva
11-06-2010, 08:28 AM
What aspect of the industry do you wish to enter? Animation? Modelling? FX?

Hey Kurt,
thanks a lot and soo sorry for replying soo late! your post was the most informative and the right kind of info that i was looking for.

I want to specialise in Visual Effects/VFX.

please guide me how to go about it, as its gonna be the most important decision of my career. Im gonna base my decision on your verdict since you are so experienced.
thanks a lot!!

pingkeat
11-06-2010, 03:45 PM
hi.. im ben~i still studying diploma 3d animation and will be graduate on next year . i need the guide from you all too. because im want to focus VFX industry same with sukritsachdeva and i want to work at U.S or Canada. can i have you all suggestion and advice .did i need to take a course or i can go to take a job in VFX industry as i graduate in 3d animation

acestar
11-07-2010, 02:00 PM
Hey guys i would like to hear from you the schools where u could learn more of Visual effects than animation ?. Though i like learning Animation , the things you do in compositing attracts me more.
Said so, does Seneca and sheridian come under more of visual effects side ?

sukritsachdeva
11-07-2010, 04:01 PM
well ben, how old are you? and what were your course contents that you studied while your graduation? that might give a clear picture to others, while answering your question.

my suggestion is a small add-on course is still recommended before entering the VFX industry. or if you wanna study at home you can through some advanced tutorials available online for Maya(fluids), Nuke, Combustion, After Effects etc.

SenecaAnimation
12-09-2010, 06:04 PM
First, let me state that I don't know much about Seneca College nor did I check out each college's facilities. However, I did closely examine both programs, and here is my take:

Seneca College has an 8 month certificate in 3d. If you go to Sheridan, you get to choose among three different certificates in annimation, each program taking about a year.

Frankly, regardless of the offerings, I would bet that 2-3 years of traininig beats out 8 months! Thus,why did Seneca adopt this abreviated approach: money! It costs less and they can charge less.

Bottom line: if money is in very short supply and time is of the essence, Seneca College's program might do the trick. They probably expose you to most of the animation concepts.

However, if indepth training is what's important, and you have the funds for this type of training, I would pick Sheridan hands-down.


Had TaxGuy simply looked at our website, done some research on what we offer, or even read previous posts I've made, he would know that Seneca offers a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and post graduate level. Sweeping statements like 2-3 years of traininig beats out 8 months is just plain wrong. Base your decision on the quality of the institution, its instructors, and the work being produced from the students. The internet is full of information, and sometimes is difficult to know what to listen to, and what to dismiss.

SenecaAnimation
12-09-2010, 06:07 PM
Hey guys i would like to hear from you the schools where u could learn more of Visual effects than animation ?. Though i like learning Animation , the things you do in compositing attracts me more.
Said so, does Seneca and sheridian come under more of visual effects side ?

Hi acestar,

We do offer a Visual Effects course at the post graduate level at Seneca College. I think Sheridan offers one as well. In one of my first posts I've mentioned Joe Raasch (he coordinates the VFX program) and his contact info. Send him an email if you would like some specific information about the course.

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