I am 31 years old and am seriously focused on developing training in computer animation. Growing up I was told that art was a nice hobby but not a career. Thus, I double majored in Chemistry (BA) and Biology (BS) and graduated from Veterinary school in 2000. I have finally decided that it is time to start living for MYSELF and pursuing my dreams. A financially successful career is not enough for me, as I really want to go to work and feel like it isn't so much 'work' and something that is enjoyable and rewarding. My dilemma is how to pursue the best education for my situation. I know that I learn most effectively in a classroom setting so I am not sure the 'online' route is for me (although Animation Mentor looks like a great experience). I want to develop a broad range of fundamental skills that would applicable in an entry level position in character animation, yet allow me to understand the broad knowledge of members of a production team working on other pieces of the project. I have been looking at the Art Institute in Atlanta and Washington but am also looking at the Savanna College of Art and Design as well as Full Sail. I am very willing to relocate to any part of the country. Can anyone who is currently active in the 3D animation field suggest any schools or programs that I should consider? I am looking to start a program sometime this year (am available to start as early as May but am willing to wait for the best opportunity). My interest is not in developing/programming software so much as the actual creation of the 3D characters/sets/etc. I see computers as a great tool that I could exploit to get out all of my ideas and visions (or those of the project I would be working on). Of course my ultimate dream job would be at Pixar, Disney, ILM etc but I also realize that I would have to work up to that level and don't have illusions of starting off working in that type of situation right out of an educational program. I do want the program I learn from to be well respected in the field and prepare me for the challenges I would face in the workplace and familiarize me with a strong and broad range of skills. I appreciate anyone willing to respond to a 'newbie.' I am more than happy to speak to anyone 'offline' who may be willing to discuss the field with me or their own experiences. I have been lurking on the boards for a while and finally was brave enough to register for a name and post this with the hope that my inquiry will be met with kindess and a helpful attitude. Thanks everyone!!!
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