Hi, I'm a high school student on third year and I'm very interested in going to VFX college. I installed Maya 2008 when I was 10 and I started following beginners courses from Lynda. My uncle got me fired up for 3D modeling back in 2008 when he installed Maya for me and started showing me all the amazing things you can do with the software. Then Iron Man came out and I was all set; this is the thing I want to do when I grow up. Now, I'm not working in Maya nonstop since then, in fact, I kinda forgot about it when I discovered After Effects, Video Copilot and Tuts+ for AE. But, for the past year I'm really getting myself into Maya again. I've been following tutorials non stop, getting myself into some little projects such as motion tracking a shot and then making an explosion with FumeFX.
Now, I come from Croatia. We only have film school with absolutely no animation of any kind, let alone VFX. We do have a private university of some sort. There's a 3 year undergrad and 2 year postgrad course there where you get the Multimedia Technician title. They focus on teaching their students everything from website design to basic 3D animation workflow for commercials. But, only on the first year postgrad you get anything related to 3D animation. On the first semester you learn modeling, then on second semester you lose modeling and learn texturing, then you lose texturing and learn rendering, and then you lose texturing and move from 3DS Max and learn basics of Realflow. And then you're done and you're a Multimedia Technician. Now, I don't want to sit through 3 years of applied mathematics, physics and economy just to get the basics of the software I'm not familiar in the first place (talking about 3DS Max).
Therefore I started googling and found Pearson College in London and I really like the sound of it. Since I'm someone from distant Croatia (southeastern Europe, near Italy) I don't really know what's out there. There's still one and a half year for my college to start, but I figure I should start getting myself into everything as soon as possible.
I'm asking you fellow VFX lovers, please suggest me colleges, and state pros and cons of each.
I'm looking for: - a college in English - a college that's not too expensive (Pearson is 9000£ a year, but they offer 25% and 50% scholarships, and then there's that program if you study in England the country loans you the money for college and then you pay them back in the future)
Sorry for having you read all of the above, but I'd appreciate any suggestion. :)
EDIT: Everyone is saying not to go to a VFX-specific college. But how do I get the job in a studio if I'm self taught? I can't show up in a studio and say: "Yeah, I'm pretty good, you should hire me without diploma in VFX field." Or is it possible to come to a studio with a showreel and get the job?
EDIT 2: It's a stupid question, but let's go all out here: how would a person get a job at ILM, and is a showreel enough in that case?
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