Hello, I'm considering animation as a possible career.
I've been drawing since I was little and I'm very confident in my life drawing skills. I'm a highschool senior applying to the likes of RISD and Cooper Union(art). I've also taken a course in animation and learned some flash, maya, and afteraffects. I've done research, but I'm still on the fence about this right now. I have a bunch of question so any feedback would be helpful. Thanks a lot.
1)What do most animators have a degree in?
Do I need to major in animation?
Am I better off majoring in architecture and coming back to animation in grad school?
2) Which are the most notorious schools?(where companies go to hire)
Do I have to go to the west coast?
How possible is it for me to be hired on campus(if i'm really really good)?
3) What is the outlook of the industry? is it growing or plateauing?
Will I likely be picked up by a major studio or be a freelancer(yikes!)?
What is upward mobility like in a studio?
4) Finally, do animators and special effects people have different skills?