Elad, VFX is simply a subset of animation and 3d modeling among other skills such as Matte Painting etc. Knowing these skills will certainly give you stronger VFX skills. So don’t ignore them. For example, knowing Matte Painting can be very useful to VFX work. My daughter, who is a grad student at SVA, noted that probably the best teacher she has ever had teaches Matte Painting there. In fact, so far, she finds that all of her professors are top notch. Since I don’t have any experience with other schools, I can’t comment on them.
Yes, as you noted, SVA is in Manhattan,which IS EXPENSIVE; no question about it. However, the connections and contacts that you make may well be worth it. In addition, it has some top people teaching there since they are all working professionals in NY.
I also noticed that you are in Israel. Israel is known for having strong technical education. Isn’t there a program there that teaches animation and/or 3d modeling?
As for the other programs that I mentioned such as RISD, Calarts etc, Yes, they are very 2d oriented,but they will give you STRONG fundamental skills that you can hone with a graduate degree or by going to Gnomon afterwards. Don’t discount the benefits of having strong fundamental skills in drawing and 2d animation too. I believe Pratt is decent in 3d animation too.
As for Math and English being useless crap, I think you will strongly regret feeling this way. Having good writing and reading skills can be very important in the future if you ever want to enter management. If you want to stay a low level drone, don’t improve your English and writing and reading skills. However, I assume that you want to rise in the profession. You never know when these skills will serve you well. For example, my daughter majored in motion design. However, one of her first projects at an internship was to read over the script for a movie, summarize it in writing and develop a proposal for a trailer. This was her chance to shine in front of a number of management personnel, not to mention to shine in front of representatives of the client. If she had poor writing or reading skills, he presentation would have been awful. By the way, the firm that she interned for offered her a job that she had to turn down due to her attendance at grad school. She did, however, get a motion project while in school that is paying her about $70 per hour! Try getting that while you are in SCAD in Savannah or some other hinterland location.
Far and away, however, I would strongly consider applying to Ringling College of Art. It is widely considered to have the best 3d animation program in North America.Personally, I think SVA would be second best and easier to get admitted to . They have wonderful connections being in Manhattan.
Finally, as for top studios visiting schools such as SCAD and Ringling, SVA et al. this may be true. However, it will be harder to get internship, meet prospective clients, get connected if you are in bumcrap Iowa or Savannah vs. being in the center of NY or LA. Let’s get real about this.