Originally Posted by elfufu
are you kidding me? expression over gnomon?, when i was working at tippett my brother decided he wanted to do CG, we took him to expression, did the tour, and to put it lightly i was extremely shocked by the work i saw from all the students, nowhere near gnomon quality. the facility looks like a money pitt. go to gnomon hands down, a degree is worthless crap in this field. it kinda makes me giggles when i know someone has a bachelors or masters and they work right next to my high school drop out self.
Thanks for all the responses guys. The thing is, the aspect of CG I want to get into is lighting. It seems that a decent chunk of lighting TD positions from a good number of the larger companies require a Bachelors or equivalent. I'm also pretty sure they can overlook that if you've got the portfolio and some experience.
This is my current plan:
Santa Monica College (free for me) -> transfer into USC's digital art program as a junior -> take lighting and compositing courses at Gnomon on an individual basis.
(backup plan if USC doesn't work out, CSU fullerton's animation program)
It'll take longer but I ran the numbers, and going that route (assuming I get no scholarships) will put me into less debt that going straight to Gnomon's certificate program. I'll be less in debt, and I'll have a degree. I'll just be in it for four years.
Plus on top of all this, I plan on getting a gnomon workshop subscription while I'm in school.