Originally Posted by GreyKiller
You have made a LOT of valid points; I felt more enlighten after reading it (If i'm lucky & talented enough, I would love to thank YOU in person haha!) ~ I know I should never judge by reels because at the end of the day, it's the student that has to put in the efforts. But the fact that those non- standard quality work exist kinda reflects on the course and the lecturers's attitude ... Whoever runs the course- don't they question about those qualities? Were they offering a sufficient amount of advice? (If you know what I mean...)
I understand perfectly that it's their job to 'entice' the student; I mean... people can do anything for money these days. What i have been attempting to do is talking to the students, looking at the lectures background etc. ~ I know you probably don't have much respect for Hert but Martin at hert, He has been offering TONS of very useful advice and informations (non-basied) to everyone who's willing to listen ~ I honestly think I would do anything to have him as my lecturer, don't you think that might balance the course? I mean, I will apply for Bournemouth as well! But for some reason my guts are telling hert is the most suitable environment for me~
Well ultimately this is your decision to make, and you should go with whichever school you feel suits your needs. I wouldn't say that I don't have respect for Herts, it's more a case of me not really trusting what I read online about them because of my experiences on this site with their staff. For all I know, the course itself may be great. It also might not. I simply don't know enough people from there, like I mentioned before, to have any kind of opinion on the course itself. All I know is that Bournemouth is consistently the most represented uni in all the big Soho studios. Ask anyone from a Soho studio and they'll tell you the same thing.
Regarding your point about bad reels; speaking as someone who has done occasional teaching in the past, the sad fact is that there are always students in any class who simply make no effort. As such, they graduate with zero skills. Personally I feel students like this should be kicked off the course, but sometimes that's not possible. I'd actually go so far as to say that the majority of students graduating from most courses are simply not cut out for the industry. Success in VFX requires a mixture of artistic skill and technical skill! and not everyone manages to achieve this. I realise that probably sounds a tad elitist but it's true; with most universities, only a small number of graduates are likely to find long term work in the industry, because it's only a small number of people who work hard enough to get there.