Hello every1 ! :)
I'm new here and I have some questions. Here they are :
- What is the difference between Character Animation and Experimental Animation programs at CalArts?
- Does SCAD also teach traditional animation (2D)?
- Should I study art fundamentals at Sheridan before I apply to
CalArts? I heard that CalArts is so selective and maybe I can learn more in
Sheridan be4 I send a portfolio
- Which one would u choose : SCAD/Sheridan/CalArts/Ringling/Academy of Art University ? (I've tighten my choices into these ones)
My main passion is 2D, but I also want to learn 3D. It's hard to find a job if u can't do 3D, right?
The main difference between the character animation program and experimental animation program at Calarts is primarily how much focus is pushed on character (of course) and story. Experimental animators aren't required to take story classes, and don't create a film every year, whereas the character animators take story all four years, and create at least 1 film reliant on story per year.
I heard SCAD teaches traditional animation. Larry in the forums I think is the guy to talk to for this. However, I don't know if they offer a degree specifically for 2d animation.
Sheridan and Calarts are very similar in terms of rigor, so if you were to be accepted to Sheridan, it may very well be worth your while to stay there, because it's cheaper, and you get a very good animation education. Viewing Sheridan as a "backup school" is selling the school short. Take art fundamentals at a local junior college.
As far as choosing your school, it's all very subjective. It all depends on what you're most interested in, and what you want to get out of your college career. Personally I'm a Calarts student, which is mostly a 2d education. But I've known several talented people who went to Ringling and SCAD because they were more interested in the 3d portion of animation.
Also, you may want to consider asking for advice more professionally in the future when you post in the forums here. This means writing "real" words verses abbreviations and "blog talk". Having a topic mixed with capital and lower cases letters, followed by misspelled words is a certain way for people NOT to answer your posts. Just some advice.
Don't let this deter your from posting, though.