questions about florida schools


Ok guys i went to check out the Ringling school its awesome. Well the guys told me its impossible to keep a job while you attending school. So basically I am going to have not work. Well its 100miles away back and fort from my house, and you have to stay like 12 hours in school. Well i understand thats why you after you go work with big industries, but he price is insane its like 33000 $ not staying on campus a year, and like 45000 $ staying campus a year for 4 years. Well he told me also that since i have some credits i can maybe shave off a lot of classes, but i think taking a loan to almost to 200000$ roughly thats ridicoulous, but i know it will pay on the end.

What you guys think about animation mentour is a good school i know i asked that question already should i do that instead, which 5 times cheaper. And any help and experienced people from animation mentour calses would be really appreciated.


Well I am a student at animation mentor. Im about half way finished. I came to AM having never animated anything. I can’t say enough great things about it. I did a lot of research on schools and none stood out more than AM. If you want to learn character animation and nothing else, then you need AM. If you want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none, then go to any one of the others. Dave school for instance teaches you every aspect of 3D production and more in less than a year and costs twice as much as AM. AM teaches you Advanced Character Animation and nothing else. Most big studios don’t care how many other skills you have. They only hire you for one job…animation. With AM you can work and still keep up with your homework. I chose not to work and only focus on school. You can find my animation blog ( to see how I have come from knowing nothing to now and I’m only half way there.

Good luck



hey guys me again this is the story. I valet at st.pier so this dude comes all the time to park his car so i dont know how conversion started , but his son goes to scool in Ringling, so he told me that he knows how expensive the school is. The guy told me that is basically 12k a quarter to go to that school, but he helped his is son to get grants and financial aid institution aid and and other stuff so his son end upp spending like 3600 a quarter which about 10k a year versus 36k a year so he gave me his card so i am going to go talk to him see whats up. What you guys think cool or not


I would say do it… no matter the cost

school isnt just about learning, its more about experience, your not going to get as much by sitting in your room. Your going to meet people face to face, work on group projects and learn how to deal with other people. that is 90% of being in the industry.


I don’t know man. This is just my opinion, but yeah going to school is great and fun cause you meet people face to face and get the experience of…well… being in collage?.., but is that worth 4 years and $80,000 - $200,000? You think it’s fine now, but 10 years down the road when your still paying off your school loans, you might not think its so fine then. Most people think “oh I will get a great job with a big studio right out of collage and pay off all my loans”…, but that’s not the reality of it. I have met a lot of people at AM that came from other schools including Ringling, that wish they came to AM first because it would have saved them a lot of time and money.

As someone already said AM is the Master Class in Animation.

Also with AM you learn from working animators. Guys that are in the field working at Pixar, Dreamworks, ILM, Disney, Blue Sky etc. etc. They are giving you the inside track on the industry as well as all the tricks they have picked up over the years of working in the trentches. Not a collage teacher sitting behind a desk that while I’m sure is competent, but is not in the current industry. Not to mention you know these animators in the industry now. I have all my instructors emails to keep in touch. These guys may be giving you a job down the road.

I’m sorry I know I may sound like a fan boy of AM, well I am and I’m proud of it and for good reason. Its the best decision I ever made.

Agian this is just my opinion.

Good luck with your decision


Wow I’m surprised to be hearing anything good about FullSail’s animation program. In my year at DAVE School and the 6 years after all I’ve heard is bad things in fact it’s not uncommon for me to see people making jokes about going there. A couple of my DAVE teachers used to work there and left when DAVE was started. I keep hearing about students who graduate and then are immediately hired as teachers without ever having worked a day in the field.

In fact someone wrote an entire article about this kind of stuff:


If Ringling is only a few minutes drive away from you. You should go there.

Ringling is an amazing school.


hey guys well i decided to go to Ringling school, but have few question because i am sure that somebody been in that situation. Since the school so expensive the financial aid and Stafford loans only cover like 19 thousand a year but i need 30 thousand. So my question is if you not rich how you about the other 11 thousand. And if anybody been in my situation would appreciated there opinion.


get some loans my good friend… debt is an American past time :smiley:


Only other option is to take out private student loans.


can you give some websites about all this private loans,
and do i have to pay these private loans later after graduation


There is a new law to help folks with a lot of student debt. If it is a federal loan, you can get convert your loan to a direct payment loan and pay the loan based on your income! If you have insufficient income to make the payments ,such as not being employed, the loan doesn’t have to be paid during that time till your income increases. Once the loan exceeds 25 years, the remaining balance gets discharged. However, this only applies to federal loans and NOT private loans.


well for private loans thats my last choice, is there other choices besides private loans


Not really, some people would say army but since the school is a private school you wont get much financial aid for service. Loans are your last option. Unless if your parents pay for it.


because stafford loan only gives so much, so basically my last option is private loans. Because i heard few bad things about private loans thats why


talk to the school about co-ops, grants, ect… see what they can do. They are usually performance based so i hope your portfolio is up to snuff.

that being said, loans are very cheap right now and i would say about 70% of college students have some sort of debt when the get through school.


That article has been floating around for years. That was written by some guy who slacked off through school and just coasted through. You don’t just get a degree and except your school to hand you a job.

I currently go to Full Sail and will graduate this year, and while things aren’t really the way they present themselves, it’s still a pretty solid school. You get what you put in - if your looking for a school to just idle through the program, this isn’t the school for you. If your not asking questions throughout class, getting critiques on your work or working on your own projects in your free time, it’s probably not the school for you. They give you a lot of work in a short amount of time, and if your not using all the time they give you to get the most out of it, your just wasting space. They give you 2 years to get a 4 year degree; it’s more of a crash course. All the classes are a month, and your expected to learn the subject and then bang out a project. That’s not alot of time, and if your expecting to learn at your leasure it’s not for you.

The majority of the animation teachers at this school are industry professionals, or at least have worked in the industry.


Well be that true or not, with the full sale grads I know I still recommend DAVE over them. Since the vast majority of what I’ve heard about them from various people on the net and people I know is not good.


In my experience, people only post internet reviews if they’re dissatisfied. From what I’ve seen from DAVE, it seems like a button pressing kinda school, as opposed to actually giving you the freedom to try new ways of learning. Of course, Full Sail isn’t perfect, so take that as you will.


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