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Old 12-08-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy Having a hard time finding the right college. Help me please, seriously!

Hello,

I'm planning to do a graduate program next fall(2011) but after doing so much research I still haven't found the college that I wanted to go to. I'm interested in doing a 3d program and my focus would be on 3d modeling and texturing. The only college I've applied so far is Savannah College of Art and Design(SCAD) for M.F.A Visual Effects because I liked the program curriculum. Although, it can be expensive; but there is scholarship available to International students as well.
SCAD- Curriculum


Al the moment, I'm looking for colleges (Preferably public universities - can be less expensive compared to private) which offer 3D programs. Thing is, I couldn't find any. Most the colleges offer grad programs which are not very technical and very much research oriented and the program usually involves courses such as Art history, History and Memory, Facts and Fiction. No offense to anyone who are interested in such courses but it's not something I'm looking for. I love Gnomon, VFS type courses but I know it's kind of impossible to find such programs for a graduate degree. That's why posting here and hoping for suggestions/opinions.

Please share/recommend colleges that you think is good for some one who wanted to do Masters program in 3D(focusing on modeling and texturing) . Perfect example would be a program like MFA 3D modeling + Animation at Academy of Art (AAU).

List of colleges I've checked so far and the reasons I didn't choose.
  • Academy of Art - MFA 3D Modeling+Animation

    Reason: Duration - 3 years
  • Otis College of Art and Design - MFA Graphic Design(Accelerated)

    Reason: No courses focusing on 3D; except only one of them in the curriculum which they use Rhino for 3D design.
  • California College of Arts, Oakland/SF, CA - MFA Design

    Reason: Expensive
  • Art Institutes

    Reasons: Expensive, other reasons.
  • University of California, LA (UCLA) - MFA Design|Media Arts

    Reason: Deadline is Dec 15, Expensive for International students
  • University of California

    Reason: Expensive
  • DMAC:

    Reason: Florida = no cg industries
There are few more colleges that I've checked but I don't have the list with me right now.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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My question for you would be: why do you need a graduate degree? Are you looking to get a degree, or an education?

I hope that doesn't sound snarky, because it's an honest question. Some people need a degree or title to meet some requirements and be able to pursue the career they want. But if the only reason you want a graduate degree is so that you can feel satisfied having gone through a graduate program, I would recommend you reconsider that position. If a school like Gnomon offers you the right content in a very focused curriculum, then why not consider it? That's why focused technical programs exist without accreditation - so that you can get down to the nitty-gritty without having to spend time on other courses that, while they can make you well-rounded, distract from the core of your learning.
 
Old 12-08-2010, 10:14 PM   #3
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you mention "scholarships for international students", if your based outside of the US and hoping to work in the US a degree is alot more valuable to the visa process. If your a US citizen and dont need a visa, a degree simply demonstrates u have an ability to learn ..... just my €0.02 (i'm irish)
 
Old 12-09-2010, 04:02 AM   #4
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My question for you would be: why do you need a graduate degree?


Hi Thearetical, Osmosae just answered that question. If I did a diploma/certificate program, I'm not allowed to stay for a period of time and look for work. I don't mind doing a program at Gnomon(If I can afford) but since I'm allowed to to stay only for a month after the program is completed; I'll be tough to pay back the loan.

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you mention "scholarships for international students", if your based outside of the US and hoping to work in the US a degree is alot more valuable to the visa process. If your a US citizen and dont need a visa, a degree simply demonstrates u have an ability to learn ..... just my €0.02 (i'm irish)


Thanks for replying. That's true, If you're from US; degree certificate is just of paper and it'll do only minor help during employment but for International students, It worth a lot more.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:32 PM   #5
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you might want to look at the UTDallas Arts and technology program (atec)
 
Old 12-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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you might want to look at the UTDallas Arts and technology program (atec)

I would not do this. Been there, wasted that 4 years. Go to a program that pushes you toward a career instead of spreading your time out over eight semesters of variety classes with almost no focus classes to prepare for your career.
 
Old 12-15-2010, 12:01 AM   #7
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i graduated from scad.
the savannah department is the best school at scad, go to Savannah if you want to go to scad. but scad's more suitable if you want to do lighting or some technical stuff.

if you want to work with modeling/texuring. VFS(in Canada) is the best school in my mind.
 
Old 12-15-2010, 01:16 AM   #8
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I suggest Fullsail University. They really know how to push you and keep you on your toes with knowledge. It is extremely fast-paced though, and when I say extremely I mean monthly semesters back to back for 21 months. But man! They sure do know how to arouse your potential! You will achieve feats you had no idea were possible, if you keep up with the pace of course. Look into them, it is located in Orlando, Florida! I hope this helps and I hope you are happy and content where ever you end up

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:33 AM   #9
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Thanks a lot guys for your suggestions.

@horngreenet: Thanks, but ArchNacho has a point.

@ArchNacho: Thank you for letting me know.

@spider04: That's true, but I'm looking for a graduate program.

@Kamolaras: Thank you, I've checked Full Sail. It seem to be a good college even though there are way too many negative opinions about the college. The curriculum for the masters program Game Design seem to be more into project management oriented rather than what I'm interested in.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:02 AM   #10
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Fullsail advertises itself as a college but it is NOT a real college. It is not an accredited school. Its the same as Gnomon or VFS except Gnomon and VFS are far better.
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