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Old 04 April 2009   #1
Living Vancouver(Emily Carr)

Hello every body, Im a little new in this forum, my last post was about deciding where to study, and after many nights with many many ideas around my head, decisions, after tlaking with many people I just decided to enter to Emily Carr, Ive been just admitted and by this point it is a 95% assured that I will be in vancouver in the fall or may be before..

So, I would like to know a bit of vancouver, Ive seen many photos of the city and I love them.. ill be glad if sombody could tell me about vaoncouver living style, recomended places to visit, what to do what not to do, etc etc.

And if somebody have any kind of experience in Emily Carr please tell me about it, i applied for the 3D program, do you recomend it? what do you think about Emily Carr?.. My idea is to get a bachelor diploma there, an also a good set of art and 3D skills and then go to VFS to improve my technical animation skills.

Grettings,

Fernando,
 
Old 04 April 2009   #2
What I think you should do is enrol in the fine arts program for a good overall arts foundation then enrol to VFS. Or you could just go VFS if you are already confident and have some experience in CG. Not so informed about emily carr but is Emily Carr a 4 year degree program?

This is a good link for you to start:

http://www.artschoolreviews.ca/category/reviews/ecuad
 
Old 04 April 2009   #3
Originally Posted by pentexplorer: What I think you should do is enrol in the fine arts program for a good overall arts foundation then enrol to VFS. Or you could just go VFS if you are already confident and have some experience in CG. Not so informed about emily carr but is Emily Carr a 4 year degree program?

This is a good link for you to start:

http://www.artschoolreviews.ca/category/reviews/ecuad



Yes, since the last year EC is a university, an have a 4 year degrees, including the animation bachelor.. I have read in other forums that EC is more enfocated to fine arts and a art fountation skills.

The other reason that Iwant to attend EC is because me and my parents want an oficial bachelor certificate first, and then go to VFS, as VFS gives just a diploma.

I think I need to improve my art skills first, to get my creative skills more rounded and then improve my technical animation skills in vfs, in the 3D and visual effects program.

Thank you for the link, Im chekin it
 
Old 04 April 2009   #4
if you're planning on getting into film or games, nobody cares if you have a degree or even a high school diploma... all they care about is your demo reel. I've seen people with bachelor's degrees have crappy demo reels and not get jobs... so keep that in mind
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Old 04 April 2009   #5
Vancouver is a pretty sweet place, everywhere you look there is a great view which makes it hard to find cheap rent. Where ever you are going to school look around that area....the sky train is great but you do not want to be traveling in from Surrey or Burnaby everyday....or maybe that's just me...look into downtown or kits area......

Anyways as for schools I know a lot of people out here that are working and went to VFS. Seems like a great program and all seem very knowledgeable. Also look into VANARTS, I worked with one of the instructors over there. He is teaching the Houdini and Nuke programs there. He has worked at some big companies like Digital Domain and at Side Effects Software so he knows his stuff and is still working at some bigger studios here in town.

Vanarts might be worth a look depending on what you are looking for.

All the best
Rob
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Old 04 April 2009   #6
Originally Posted by eldee: if you're planning on getting into film or games, nobody cares if you have a degree or even a high school diploma... all they care about is your demo reel. I've seen people with bachelor's degrees have crappy demo reels and not get jobs... so keep that in mind


Yes eldee, Ive been consider that and many people tell me about that, and my first idea was to apply just to VFS; but then I started to think, and the reason for wanting a bachelor is because Im from Mxico, and if for any reason I have to return to work here(my plan is to stay in Canada or maybe France), I will need and oficial document, maybe as a teacher and it will be very helpful in an emergency and specially in Mxico, because many companies ask a bachelor and a major as a requirement.

For example in my current school, they ask to the teachers to have at least a Major in animation, but many animators, principaly in mexico does not have that document and have the necessary skills to teach.. but they cant work there.

That is the principal reason..
 
Old 04 April 2009   #7
Originally Posted by aesnakes: Vancouver is a pretty sweet place, everywhere you look there is a great view which makes it hard to find cheap rent. Where ever you are going to school look around that area....the sky train is great but you do not want to be traveling in from Surrey or Burnaby everyday....or maybe that's just me...look into downtown or kits area......

Anyways as for schools I know a lot of people out here that are working and went to VFS. Seems like a great program and all seem very knowledgeable. Also look into VANARTS, I worked with one of the instructors over there. He is teaching the Houdini and Nuke programs there. He has worked at some big companies like Digital Domain and at Side Effects Software so he knows his stuff and is still working at some bigger studios here in town.

Vanarts might be worth a look depending on what you are looking for.

All the best
Rob


Im still thinking about that, the place where I will live, now I had a family that lives in the suburbs but I dont know how far is it from the school, I hope not too much, but i will stay with them a few months because my parents know them and it could be more familiarity, but as soon as i get adquired with the city I think i will move to a centered place..

And about Vanarts, I know that is one of the best school, at least in Canada right, I found that it is like at the same level of VFS, but i dont know if they have a bachelor, I remember that it is just a diploma but Im not sure; any way today EC send me an E-mail telling that Im accepted at 100% so I think it would be the final decision.

Thank You for your post Rob.

I feel a little nervous about all of this haha :S
 
Old 04 April 2009   #8
Vancouver is a great city to live. Hope you are coming in summer (its gorgeous) because fall\winter in vancouver = constant rain. It is perfect weather to do CG because there is nothing else to do
 
Old 04 April 2009   #9
Originally Posted by SheepFactory: Vancouver is a great city to live. Hope you are coming in summer (its gorgeous) because fall\winter in vancouver = constant rain. It is perfect weather to do CG because there is nothing else to do


I will be there by july or august haha.. I wanna see snow!!
by the way, I stoled your profile imagen if you dont mind, its so funny haha..
 
Old 04 April 2009   #10
Originally Posted by nkr10: Yes, since the last year EC is a university, an have a 4 year degrees, including the animation bachelor.. I have read in other forums that EC is more enfocated to fine arts and a art fountation skills.

The other reason that Iwant to attend EC is because me and my parents want an oficial bachelor certificate first, and then go to VFS, as VFS gives just a diploma.

I think I need to improve my art skills first, to get my creative skills more rounded and then improve my technical animation skills in vfs, in the 3D and visual effects program.

Thank you for the link, Im chekin it


Am going over to Vancouver as well...in October for VFS...perhaps we could have a drink if possible.
 
Old 04 April 2009   #11
Originally Posted by pentexplorer: Am going over to Vancouver as well...in October for VFS...perhaps we could have a drink if possible.


Yes, why not.. it could be nice
 
Old 04 April 2009   #12
You dont want to be travelling by bus or skytrain from Surrey to Vancouver every day if you can avoid it. Bus is ok for doing work(useless if you dont have a computer with you). Skytrain can get very draining even though its faster than bus. Cramped, standing.
I have heard people from Toronto and other large cities complain that the bus service isnt so great here-you have to wait around 10 -15 minutes sometimes(and it gets much worse the further you get from Vancouver. Surrey's bus service is absolutely terrible. It is faster for me to go from South Surrey to Vancouver than it is for me to go from South Surrey to Central Surrey).

Also avoid East Hastings when possible. I think it may have the highest rate of intravenous drug users in North America(not bragged about in travel brochures).
 
Old 04 April 2009   #13
Originally Posted by nkr10: I will be there by july or august haha.. I wanna see snow!!
by the way, I stoled your profile imagen if you dont mind, its so funny haha..



July and August should be great. You wont see snow till december but you will see lots of rain
 
Old 04 April 2009   #14
Yes stay away from Hastings...far, far away. There are some nice areas around there but venture carefully. If you get down to water street there are great shops and pubs. But if you find yourself living in east vancouver (gastown) try to live around commercial drive. Commercial drive is a great place to be.

Commercial Drive area = Great
Kitslano (west 4th area) = Awesome close to beaches and young people
Westend = pricey but you can find places there..and its great.
North Vancouver = I live here at the Lonsdale quay its amazing but could be too far.
Hastings Street = Terrible
Surrey = Too far and too much gang violence lately.

its hard to know the city from far away but once you get here you will love how it has so much to offer. Snow and mountains are close, beaches, English bay, Stanley Park, Granville island..

Good luck moving here, finding a place to live and finding a great school

Rob
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Old 04 April 2009   #15
Originally Posted by eldee: if you're planning on getting into film or games, nobody cares if you have a degree or even a high school diploma... all they care about is your demo reel. I've seen people with bachelor's degrees have crappy demo reels and not get jobs... so keep that in mind


This is such a bad and short sighted advice to give somebody. Especially considering that the person asking is from outside of USA/Canada and most likely does not live in a market filled with game/film studios. Without a degree and let alone a high school diploma he'd never get a work visa to work anywhere outside his country no matter how fantastic his demo reel might be!
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