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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: 486 Member
    So SCAD called and asked when my daughters portfolio would be there so her file could be completed. She sent it through their slide room on Dec. 4! Anyway, its been found, and she's hopefully being considered for merit awards now (the scholarships so far are academic). They asked for copies of her Scholastic and Governors school awards as well
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    SCAD increased her honors scholarship by $2000 this week. Just got a phone call from LCAD offering admission and scholarship last night. Really cool to hear the other end of the phone call : ) Now..... the wait for all the big schools/long shots begins!
  • Momto3Momto3 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Congratulations to your daughter for all her acceptances and scholarships so far! Seems like yesterday we were going through the same process. Good luck as you wait on the last few.
  • samsamgsamsamg Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    Our son is in his second semester at LCAD as a freshman. He is a graphic design + digital media major. Two of his dorm mates are in the animation program. Son chose LCAD over several other schools he was accepted to last year. He can't imagine himself at any other college and now neither can we. His studio classes are 18/1 student to teacher ratio. His general ed classes are 30/1. GE taught by adjunct teachers who teach at UCI, UCSD, and other neighboring colleges & universities. He had an amazing English teacher last semester.

    Last years' Graphic Design student graduates were 100% employed at graduation and I believe animation students to be at about 85% employment. The intern programs are abundant and most students are working at paid internships by their junior year.

    I wanted to share this info because we had never heard of the college before he applied. If anyone has any other questions about the application, school, campus, or surrounding area just ask here or PM me. Because we don't live too far away, we see him about twice a month. Laguna Beach is a beautiful place to visit!
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    @Samsung Thank you so much!!!! I've not talked to anyone who actually has a child/or went to this school! My girl solely based her decision to apply there after Portfolio Day her junior year. There was no line, so she hopped in line to get another opinion and advice on her portfolio. The girl who reviewed her work, LOVED her, gave her great advice and stayed in contact. Then she went back the next year, and the same girl was there. She strongly encouraged my girl to apply because she knew she would fit in. I'm going to PM you!
  • ArtAngstArtAngst Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    edited February 14
    @Samsung what other schools did your son look at? I've got a freshman at RISD (she only looked at schools on the east coast) but my son wants to do more concept art/illustration and work in film, gaming or animation so is looking more at West Coast schools. West Coast schools all new to me, other than CalArts. Any other schools you'd recc'd or impressions from visits?
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    @ArtAngst My girl is applying to CalArts, USC, and LCAD on West Coast. She based that on ranking of schools for animation, looking at student work (their film festivals are amazing), looking at the work of their faculty, the access to internships, employment after graduation, and honestly being in or close to large urban areas. She is ready to get OUT of our small southern town, LOL. USC and CalArts also have strong appeal because of access to music (daughter is an All-state vocalist and plays 5 instruments as well..... and most art schools don't have access to continuing her music along with her art)
  • ArtAngstArtAngst Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    Thanks @moonpie for the West Coast info. I know both of my kids based alot of their impression on what they saw of current students work too.

    And continued good luck for your daughter & let me know if you have any questions re RISD as things move along for her. Everyone warned us they'd be stingy with aid, but in the end my kiddo got a merit package that made them very competitive (& a much easier choice since it was my daughter's first choice/dream school).
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    We are looking forward to hearing from RISD as well! She LOVED Providence so much!
  • samsamgsamsamg Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    @ArtAngst most of the other schools we toured were traditional universities with design majors. SJSU has a very good GD Dept w/ great connections to Silicon Valley employment, but students aren't accepted to the program their first year. Also, graduation seemed to be taking around an average of 6 years. Cal Poly SLO was his second choice. Very competitive program, great professors & staff, good intern placement, & not too big of a school.

    He was accepted to UC Davis's Design program, but that program is much too broad for what he wants to do, but may interest your son. UC Santa Cruz didn't have a Graphic Design program as a Bachelor degree, only a masters. He was accepted to the Games & Playable Media Design program, but decided against that route (that campus is gorgeous).

    I have a nephew who attends Cal State Northridge. He is a transfer student and is excelling in the Cinema & TV Arts degree.

    Hope that wasn't too much info. Sorry I couldn't give more details about west coast "art" schools.

    Touring schools is really important. If you can't tour before applications are due, be sure to tour schools after acceptances are out. We toured 5 schools in 5 days from San Luis Obispo to Monterey Bay. If you do end up heading out to Calif, I'd be happy to help you plan routes & places to stay, eat etc.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 2,674 Senior Member
    There are several CSU's with very strong art/design programs. SJSU in particular has a very well regarded illustration/animation program, and the eligibility index to be admitted rivals the more traditional popular majors such as engineering, CS, etc. My D16 was admitted to SJSU from OOS but didn't attend. Definitely more than 4 years to graduate and OOS won't receive merit aid.
  • ArtAngstArtAngst Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    Thank you @samsamg for that info! We'll be visiting relatives in the summer in CA and I'm hoping to get my son to do some more research by then to narrow down visiting a few schools. Definitely agree that visiting is a must. With my daughter it made a big impact on her decisions on where to apply and her eventual choices (just soooo much easier since she didn't want to be more than a few hours from home!).
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    I wish my daughter only wanted to be a few hours from home!!! But our only choice in state insMemphis College of art (she went and visited, but their animation program is not at all what my daughter wants) and state schools offer no choice at all.
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    This waiting is KILLING me.... My daughter is just relaxed and enjoying her senior year. She got additional money from SCAD this week, so now the school that offered the least aid is more in line with the others. As we come closer to decision time (still waiting on 5 schools that won't release til mid-late March) I'd love any thoughts particularly on character animation - good or bad- on Laguna, SAIC, SCAD, and SVA. Our state school (ETSU) has a great digital medial design program, and she got a full scholarship to there this week. She is going to go meet with the chair of the department over break, even though she knows it is not exactly what she wants, her interest was peaked when a recent (10 year) graduate won an Oscar. There was an article in the paper last week about him, and my mom sent it to her. I guess it helped her see anyone can make it, if they're good enough. She just feels without the school name and internship possibilities, she won't get her foot in the door anywhere!
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 2,674 Senior Member
    @moonpie, once you are selecting among the best schools in terms of reputation, then it's really a matter of fit and finances. SVA and SCAD both have great reputations for animation (including 2D/character animation). Not sure about SAIC or Laguna for that major.

    One advantage SCAD might be able to provide is campus housing for the freshman. The Hive continues to add new buildings and it's a definite plus to have that secure freshman community. Of course elevators break, etc. but that's true in all dorms! (D16 told me that "E" at the Hive stood for "Everest" because everyone has to use the stairs). The main complaints are the food and the lack of timely busses (although there is a difference of opinion on this one. I think that the more on-time and organized you are, the more likely it is that you won't have to uber to class!). The Hive is actually a bit far from the foundation classes which are over near Forsyth Park - so you can't just roll out of bed 15 minutes before class time. The animation building is kind of off on it's own, 2 miles south of the historic district and the other classrooms. However, there is a dome on-site and the dining hall is supposed to be pretty good.

    Savannah also has its crime problems and I think it's worse this year. The school is doing a great job with safety and security, thankfully, but I'm going to be checking with my D16 come spring break and get her thoughts on this issue. It's a beautiful city but I actually feel a bit more uneasy this year than I did when we visited last year. There were a couple of very violent incidents at the beginning of the school year (neither of which impacted a student, fortunately, but both involved armed robbery and one was a murder of a resident right in the historic district in a neighborhood where a lot of SCAD students happen to live). Usually it's the opposite - you feel uneasy at first, but as you or your kid gets used to the place, you feel a bit more comfortable. SCAD classrooms are open 24/7 with security shuttle late at night if you stay after the regular shuttle ends service. If you are in SCAD housing and stick to using SCAD-provided transportation you don't have to worry about being the victim of a crime.
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