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Old 06 June 2009   #1
Australian Courses

Does anyone have experience of any game or 3D related courses in Australia. Either private or university based?
 
Old 06 June 2009   #2
check out qantm or AIE if you don't want to go to university, otherwise, there are some really good courses that Unis offer all around the country, there are quite a few up here in queensland.
 
Old 06 June 2009   #3
I'm on the Gold Coast and the best I could find in QLD was QANTM in Brisbane that does game and 3D courses. Otherwise I've heard AIE is the way to go.
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Old 06 June 2009   #4
Originally Posted by LuckyEightBall: I'm on the Gold Coast and the best I could find in QLD was QANTM in Brisbane that does game and 3D courses. Otherwise I've heard AIE is the way to go.


Looking at both of these though they give me a feeling that they are just after the money rather than being focused on turning out quality students. What little student work they do show on the sites look pretty terrible.

Has anyone got any experience with them, or anywhere else?
 
Old 06 June 2009   #5
Originally Posted by Maestro99: Does anyone have experience of any game or 3D related courses in Australia.


Do they allow Laptops and projectors in bars now then ?
Sign of the times !


(sorry couldn't help myself buddy - all in jest mate)
 
Old 06 June 2009   #6
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Originally Posted by RagingBull: Do they allow Laptops and projectors in bars now then ?
Sign of the times !


(sorry couldn't help myself buddy - all in jest mate)


erm ok, i dont get it
 
Old 06 June 2009   #7
Originally Posted by Maestro99: erm ok, i dont get it


Don't worry, you're not the only one..
 
Old 06 June 2009   #8
anyone knows of more tdlike ==ttechnial courses (renderman etc) in australia?
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Old 06 June 2009   #9
Hahaha.

Yeah, the laptops are those gnarly waterproof military ones though.

Katisss, I think your best bet is the escape studios Renderman online
course which Pixar helped develop, or if you are using RM for Maya the Digital-Tutors RM2 for Maya training kit.

As far as AIE is concerned I did a cert3 there and have just enrolled for the Advanced Diploma course. They have changed the course a bit from previous years, and I think it is for the better. They have a partnership with Deakin Uni to use their Motion Capture studio. Life
drawing, and a fair bit of 2D is taught as well.

I know what you mean though as far as student work on the site,
but remember these courses are generalist ones, so the work is
what it is.

You also get out of it what you put in. My mate just finished at AIE
last year, and he was shocked at just how many people were willing
to do stuff all, even though they had plonked down 20k for it.

Lewis
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Old 06 June 2009   #10
Hey Maestro99,
Living in Australia as well i looked into AIE and Qantm's animation programs and to be honest the student work wasnt very impressive Compared to programs like animation mentor.
 
Old 06 June 2009   #11
anyone knows of more tdlike ==ttechnial courses (renderman etc) in australia?


Nothing beats buying a book and reading it for this sort of thing. Amazon is your best bet.

Courses in Aus are pretty poor when compared to the course at Bournemouth UK.but I am sure if your remotely talented your work and effort will be reflected in your reel
 
Old 06 June 2009   #12
I did a CG TAFE course in Adelaide yeeeears ago. The teacher was a great guy, though wasn't an industry pro so could never really compare to some of those Gnomon courses etc. Cost about $300 I think. TAFE is so cheap, if you're lucky enough to find one in these days offering such a course.

Compared with the pricey courses, I reckon the online courses run by real experienced CG guys will give you far more for far less, and you can spend the rest on "living expenses" so you can devote all your time to improving your skills and your reel. I'm still amazed at how much gold is on a Gnomon DVD, for example. They are the very definition of "bang for your buck".

I think most of us would rather study with other people to chat to and share knowledge, but you pay such a premium for the privilege in Australia these days.
 
Old 06 June 2009   #13
Animation Mentor is an "Animation" course! 18months of only
animation. No rigging, no modeling, no skinning, no textures, no
particles, no blah blah blah.

The AIE and QANTM courses are generalist courses, and it's pretty
obvious that the character animation side of things cannot compare
to AM. It comes down to what you want to do right?

The AIE and QANTM courses are FEE-HELP approved, so you don't have to pay a cent upfront. Only when you begin earning over a set amount do you have to start repaying the Australian Government.

I have a lot of Gnomon and Digital-Tutors training DVD's and I got
heaps out of them, but that classroom interaction is a big one. I do
very much agree about the student work though. I went to a
screening late last year of the Diploma students final work and it
was a big let down.

Lewis
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Old 06 June 2009   #14
too bad bournemouth does no online classes, i already asked them. td college started promissing but seems they will only offer their basic classes for the next 2 years.
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Old 06 June 2009   #15
Does anyone have any reccomendations for Sydney?
 
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