I'm from Australia, Melbourne and like everywhere else, industry is not so good.
FIRST THINGS to say:
I know this industry is portfolio based/show reel based,
you need to be REALLY good at what you do,
there's no "best" institution,
you don't need a degree,
you need to be really persistent, pro active, resilient
and many more experienced people are out there looking for jobs
and basically this industry is looking really bad; now usually focused on mobile games or things that you're not interested in.
Since deciding on my career change to study from 2012 onwards, I went from applying to Graphic Design [GD] to Interactive Digital Media/Multimedia and now considering animation.
An IDM interview told me that I can do anything without a degree as long as you have connections & a brilliant portfolio. Still, I desire the networking opportunities a course could bring, getting out of home & see and collaborate with like minded people and industry placements else I would stick to studying by myself and am very tempted by TAD, Schoolism by Imaginism Studios, Gnormon Workshop DVDs and other online classes I've noticed in that thread but I wouldn't know where to start and I am not wealthy either.
I have completed a double degree in a different field already of 4 years [so I'm already in debt], worked for over a year or so and I'm looking to study again because that career really isn't for me, it's a struggle to find jobs either, I'm not that good at it and I was deluding myself that I can do something I'm not passionate in. Now, I'm seen as a "bum" doing nothing at the computer all day with no consistent job [that's why I want to "get out of the house"]. But if the best way is to do independent study, I'm willing to do it. I intend to look for a part time job more seriously later but not until I've sorted out what I'm doing for the next few years and get some understanding on when I'm available.
What I am wanting to do:
Passionate about: Illustrative, Visual Storytelling, Character design, Concept building, Colour theory, Design principles side of things, Digital arts, advancing my Drawing, computer and technical skills [traditional and digital].
Will learn if needed: Website development and coding, manage a business/business course, marketing myself, networking, collaborations, 3D animation, 2D animation, creating my website, responding to briefs, getting work experience/placement/internships, technology, and everything else to ensure I'm on top of the changing industry.
What I plan to do:
Study Andrew Loomis books and other anatomy books. Then get subscriptions at Gnomon and/or Digital Tutor. I don't know whether I can afford Animation Mentor and the others.
The main point, My Questions:
1) I'm considering
Melbourne's Academy of Interactive Entertainment's [AIE] Advanced Diploma in Game Development [Game Art or Film/TV/VFX]? [2yr] --
[i]Qantm Melbourne's Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Animation) [2yr] -- [generalist course + design + mobile game design + 3d basics with maya + animation it sounds like]
Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Interactive Digital Media [IDM/Multimedia] from RMIT? Or from Victoria University, Swinburne, Holmesglen? [2yr] -- generalist/keeping options open where you do the basics for each venue [web, coding, sound, 3d, animation, etc] but don't master anything
A business/marketing course I'll do so I can manage finances and that
Do self study only [as planned above]
Do self study + do a business/marketing course
Accounting [if I'm really not meant for the industry] --this is really for the money and I don't have much motivation at all at it; last resort
2. Where do I learn business/marketing? Is there an online place I can learn it from? Anything free if possible? If not, I'll research into it, but I'm clueless about business things.
This thread is another way I'm trying to investigate my options.
[b]In short: HELP!!! I need opinions. I've got till mid December left for most of the above courses before time's up.
All this research is a bit draining but I need to be sure of my investment. I know there is no right way about it, essentially it's all in your effort/luck/networking, there isn't the "best" course in general, but I want some advice/suggestions considering my options.
I appreciate your time and suggestions (: