Originally Posted by Pinoy McGee
Dunno in other countries, but in Canada as an international student you're allowed to work outside your school without the need for a work permit. You're allowed 20 hours per week and can do full time when your school's on break. So it's possible to legally do contract, freelance work, or unpaid internship along with your formal studies so you can pile up production credits (work experience!) before you graduate.
And...with the post-grad work permit, it doesn't require company sponsorship. Yeah, you can work for an American studio in Canada while being a citizen of another country!
If you're a Vancouver resident, for example because maybe you'll go to a school there, you'll have a better chance of landing local vfx/game jobs (assuming your portfolio's good) than a qualified Canadian citizen but who's applying from another province, because of how province-specific subsidies work.
And...all the years you're residing in Canada you can use kinda like points towards getting permanent resident status and Canadian citizenship if you so choose in the future.
Mann thank you so much for that
Even though I now it's still risky, great to know some real and concrete facts regarding my future options!
Canada is indeed a great place. Their receptiveness to foreigners is not unheard of and I enjoyed the months I spent at Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver!
One problem though is the huge gap I saw between American and Canadian art schools. While US has plenty of options with tons of art foundations, mixing 2d+3d and a strong focus on the entertainment industry, Canadian counterparts are more narrow.
I haven't found yet a school with a good mix of 2d foundations and 3d art. Most of them are strictly animation (which I don't want to do), or general VFX+3d (software only, without design/art to back it up) or 2d illustration (with tons of experimental stuff, children illustration, and a variety of things NOT related to entertainment).