Let me preface this by saying that I’ve gone through all the threads in this part of the forum that were relevant, and found few enough questions regarding a situation similar enough to mine that I’d like to ask directly:
I’ll be completing a B.F.A. in Digital Arts and Experimental Media this coming school year. I’ve taken a series that has introduced me to 3D/animation, including experience with Maya Zbrush, and Photoshop, and I already have a solid background in traditional drawing and paining. I want to pursue a career in games on the end of character artist/concept artist/3D modeler, and while I got some great fundamental experience in the requisite skills in my major, I’m definitely thinking I need some more focused education specifically in 3D to produce a portfolio that will get me a job, which leads me to my next question - where to go?
I’ve done a lot of research and come up with a general list of pros and cons of each type of school - I’ve read both that I should go somewhere that offers a Master’s if I’m paying the money to go anyway, and that the Master’s won’t matter esp. with a B.F.A. already under my belt; I’ve heard both good and bad things about the 1 - year intensive programs, that they’re either not enough time to really develop a folio or that they force you to be really hardcore productive. Ultimately, I’m looking for a program that will get me specialized training in 3D art, offer good networking opportunities, and will more generally allow me to create an impressive portfolio.
Based on my research, the following schools are currently on my list:
University of Southern California (Interactive Media M.F.A.)
Savannah College of Art and Design (Animation or Game Design M.F.A.)
Academy of Art University (Animation or Game Design M.F.A.'s)
Vancouver Film School (3D Modeling and VFX - certificate)
Think Tank Training Centre (Modeling)
Gnomon School (3 year program in Modeling and Texturing)
Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy
Would love to hear any opinions on where might be the best choice to go in my situation, and why? Also if there are schools included here that shouldn’t be, or if I’m missing any that I should consider? Any more general impressions are welcome as well.