I would like to get into an animation program, but I’m struggling with the process. I currently have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and have little experience with animation. I understand that you don’t need a MFA in animation to get a job, so really I’m up for any kind of program that has a strong curriculum and will help prepare a good portfolio for when I apply for jobs (again, I know it’s about my own attitude and how much I put into the work when I take the classes). I’ve heard of Animation Mentor, but it doesn’t teach you the actual animation production process right? Plus, I may be able to create a good portfolio, but given that it’s online, it’s harder to network and make good contacts, right?
My specific questions:
What are good BFA programs that take existing general ed credits. I don’t want to spend my time learning other non-animation related classes.
On the other hand, do you know of ANY MFA programs that isn’t so thesis-driven and spends maybe the first year getting their students to solidfy their animation skills before focusing on their final thesis project?