Hey, first post here. Sorry if I didn't choose the right area to post.
I'm currently a sophomore at a New England liberal arts college. I went into college with no idea what I wanted to do, but have always found myself drawn to animation. I'm an ok artist, but with minimal experience in animation aside from amateur Flash CS3 animations a few years back.
If I am serious about somehow making my way into studying animation, how should I start? I know that's a broad question... I guess what I'm wondering is -- If I commit myself to studying animation at this school, is it possible for me to get a foot in the door of the field? Do I need to transfer? This school has no animation program at all, but they are open to suggestions. By that I mean, there is a pretty good art program, and I'll bet if I talked to the faculty, they will let me do an "independently designed" concentration in animation within the art program.
The endgame is that I'd want to get an internship in the next year or two... I'm taking art classes here and I take out animation books from the library weekly, and I'm trying to teach myself programs like Maya or Pixar's Renderman using lynda.com or other tutorial sites.
Basically... any advice or words of encouragement would be appreciated. I guess I'm just looking for direction. Thanks.