Texas Schools and Programs: Finding Something Worth the Effort

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  02 February 2010
Texas Schools and Programs: Finding Something Worth the Effort

I was hoping someone might be able to give me a real world perspective on some of my choices as a student in Texas. I live in San Antonio and a couple of years ago I took several semesters of classes at a local community college in a game design and cinimatics program. I was in the first run of the program and it was obvious to me that even with the training from the school I would not be equipped to jump into real world jobs. After dropping out of the program to persue job oportunities and pretty much giving up on my higher learning I am now a full time employee and no longer have the advantages I had as just a student.

I have recently been looking at going back to school online or trying to find some kind of program that I can do even with my 48 hour work weeks so that I can get back into concept art and design. I recently talked with someone from the Art Institute of Pittsburg Online program and I have a chance to enroll in full online classes with them but I am worried that the money and the effort may be wasted in real world job terms.

Due to my family and financial obligations I do not have the ability to "go off to school" anywhere and with places like Bioware and Blizzard only a short drive away I do feel like there is a market in Texas for me to work eventually. Any advice you guys can give me in which direction I should go or maybe some places I can research would be awsome. Ever since I started learning about game design and concept art I have been in awe of the work displayed here on Cgtalk so I know I'm asking the right crowd.
  02 February 2010
I was in a similar position, although in Dallas--although there's a strong industry in Texas there aren't many choices in terms of colleges to attend.

My brother worked at the Art Institute in Dallas for a bit as a recruiter and they offer a lot of good things to learn, but really short classes, it's just a 2 year degree but they cover a wide range of subjects. You'd still have to do quite a bit outside of class to learn what you need. And it might not be worth it to get the degree since most places would require a bachelor's degree. That's why I had to come up to Arkansas to find a college that offered a 4 year degree in 3D animation.

If you're going to do an online school I would also spend some money on training DVD's--Gnomon, Digital Tutors, and such, you honestly won't find better learning material, even at a good Animation university. But since you won't have a bachelor's degree you'll have to work and make sure your portfolio is really good.
The Z-Axis
  02 February 2010
Thanks Darth. Yeah I was acctually looking at the Art Institute of Pittsburg online, but for what I would spend getting an associate's, let alone a bachelor's degree I just cant afford. I will definately look into the gnomon vids and such to get me started. Again thanks for helping me out!
  02 February 2010
If you do ever get the chance to "go off to school" and are only able to attend schools in Texas. Then you might possibly want to also check out Texas A&M's Visualization Sciences program. More information can be found on their website:


If you just want to learn skills without earning a degree, then maybe take a look at the classes offered online at fxphd. They're not very expensive and there isn't a contract.

Last edited by gawl126 : 02 February 2010 at 04:02 AM.
  02 February 2010
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