Greetings all. I am a bit new to these forums, so any help from knowledable folks would be appreciated.
My daughter will be graduating from University of Cincinnati in about a year in the digital arts in the top 10-15% of her class and is VERY motivated and hard working. Her program is a broad swath of digital training including all the adobe programs, some Video work with Cinema 4, a lot of flash and a lot of web design with some animation.
My daughter likes animation and wants to get training in 3D animation specfically. As I see it she has three options:
1. Grad school: however, not sure that this would be the best option for skills training.
2. A second undergradatute degree: Normally, I don't like this option since it seems to be going backwards for her professionally plus she would ordinarily have to retake some gen eds especially for schools like Cal Arts. In addition, although we probably have the money to fund this, it is the most expensive option. However, Ringling waives Gen eds for those with previous bachelors degrees,which might be a good optioin. Same can be said for Digital Art College in Florida and Full Sail University. We are even considering Sheriden College that has several one year programs or Max the Mutt,which is a three-year program.
3.Take the couses in a technical, vocational school such as Gnomon ( high end graphics program, which is 21 months and recommended by an animation friend) or animation Mentor's online program ( which is 17 months)or Boston University one year intensive digital imaging program which is 12 months every day and is located where we live, Sheridan College in Canada (1-2 years), Max the Mutt in Canada 3 years) etc.
Each has their pros and cons. For example, Animation Mentor looks great but is strictly character animation. I would think that she should be exposed to various areas of animation such as modeling, rigging, etc.Gnomon looks great,but I haven't met anyone who has been there. Thus, I am very confused.
MY first question is:What option do you recommend as best for skills training?
What do you know about Gnomon? What do you know about Sheridan? What do you know about Digital Arts College and Academy of Art University in San Francisco?
Let me note that a goal of my daughter is to eventually get an MFA from somewhere in the future,but she wants strong animation skills now. As you can see, we have really thought this out,but it does present a lot of issues.
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Thanks for your help.