Hi everyone. I am currently a freshman enrolled in a state school with a very small animation program, but I am interested in transferring to an animation school. I want to work at animation studios and do 2d animation and hopefully eventually become a storyboard artist or director, and I am trying to figure out what's the best way for me to break into the industry.
I am looking for advice on finding a place to study animation that is not ridiculously expensive but has a pretty good curriculum and a community of people who are interested in animation as well. It seems that a lot of getting into the animation business has to do with connections and I'm hoping to get into a college where I can start to make some of these connections.
I've been accepted to Lesley University, which has an animation program... but I am not competely sure of if the school is really big enough or close enough to the industry for me to make connections that I'll need to start up my career. For this reason, I am trying to consider all of my options before transferring.
I've found online that places such as Gobelins and The Animation Workshop in Denmark exist, which are cheap enough for me to attend.. but I am unsure about whether I could get in with my current portfolio.
Here is my current animation reel:
Here's a short I am working on currently:
Do you all think I have what it takes to get into one of those schools? Is there a place where I can show my works in progress and recieve criticism? Any other advice?