Originally Posted by theglorioustsar
Hey guys, I'm starting this digital animation program at BCIT this fall and in it you learn how to use Autodesk Creative Suite, ZBrush, CrazyBump, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects. Here is a quick look at the program: http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6435cert
I just had a few questions about the program and getting into the industry.
My biggest concern is that programs like photoshop and all those programs is that they are pretty expensive and once I get out of BCIT I will have to buy them, which I can't afford. Did you get hired right after you were done your schooling? Are you self taught? Do you have those programs on your computer at home? What do you suggest to people looking to get into the animation industry?
Thanks in advance!
So yeah, these programs are often geared for studios and professionals- and they are VERY expensive. My best advice to you is to take advantage of your student status while you are in school. There are lots of ways to get discounts and obtain cheap/free student licences that sometimes persist even when you leave school. (At least there were when I was in school)
I don't know the current best ways to do this- but I bet if you ask all of your classmates they will be happy to share with you how/what they got for themselves. Your best resource will be your fellow students.
As far as being self-taught... well I think that term is somewhat misleading. Most artists I've worked with have gone to some sort of art school- but at the same time, any successful artist has taken their education largely into their own hands. In that sense- every artist is "self-taught". Teachers (good or bad) can't force you to be hungry and make a ton of artwork. Think of school as a place to meet and interact with other people who want to learn (sort of an XP boost... hehe). Your classmates will be your best resource. Share everything you know with them.
You may feel rivalry with the other students at times- but never let that sabotage an open exchange of information. Best advice I ever got: Your goal is to be the "best" group of students in the world, and not the "best" student in your group.
Hope that helps! Best of luck to you.