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Advice appreciated for my sophomore "wanna be" animator


Replies to: Advice appreciated for my sophomore "wanna be" animator

  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    I've updated on another thread, but felt like I should update here as well.... for future parents and students. Here's where she stands so far:
    SAIC: admitted, $74,000 scholarship over 4 years (gonna say no)
    SVA: Admitted, $50,000 over 4 years
    SCAD: Admitted, Academic Honors, $42,000 over 4 years, Achievement $20,000 over 4 years ($62,000 total) (likely no)
    LCAD: Admitted, $28,000 over 4 years (likely no)
    Pratt: Admitted, presidential scholarship $104,000 over 4 years ($26,000/yr)
    ETSU: Admitted, full scholarship tuition (not going, not for her)
    CalArts: rejected
    RISD/Brown/USC: waiting LOL.... a few more days!

    We are traveling to visit Pratt and SVA in a couple weeks, unless something shakes loose in the miracle "waiting" decisions, Pratt and SVA are going to be vying for my girl in a few weeks! ACKKKKKKK so nerve wracking and exciting!
  • MabarkleyMabarkley Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Congratulations on your daughter's acceptances!

    My son is a freshman at SVA and in the end it came down to SCAD and SVA for 2D animation. He ultimately chose SVA for a variety of reasons:
    1) SVA's 2D program does not have a freshman foundation year. Animation students take classes in animation, illustration, history of animation, Story Pitch, Digital Composition, etc. Most other art schools require a foundation year - which is great, if that's what you're looking for. But, for him, he knew he wanted to study animation and was ready to dive right in -- It also helps you figure out sooner (rather than three years down the road) whether this art form is what you really want to pursue.
    2) SVA has a designated 2D curriculum. SCAD's animation curriculum is more combined and seemed a bit more tilted towards 3D. At SVA he will be able to take some 3D animation classes as electives if he wants, but will have more of a 2D focus.
    3) Location - Savannah is beautiful, but SVA has a lot of connections in NY with advertising and graphic design firms, as well as animation studios. We live an hour train ride from NYC, which is great - more for the convenience for us to go in to visit, than for my son to come home. He has only come home for long breaks and spends most of his weekends in the art studios.
    Our son has had a positive experience his freshman year so far. He enjoys his classes and professors and has thrown himself into his work. Basically, it all depends on what is the best fit for your daughter. Whatever she decides, I wish her the best of luck!
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    @Mabarkley my daughter is taking computer animation this summer at SVA. This will hopefully give her an idea of she wants to apply there. We toured the school and I liked it a lot. She was impressed with their program. We live in NYC (not far from SVA) and I'd love to have her close by either at SVA or Pratt. I'm glad to hear your son is happy there.
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