If you’re thinking about a career in animation the first question to ask yourself is if you have a real passion to animate. Are you on fire enough to stick with it and practice, practice, practice? No school can make you into an animator without your commitment and hard work. No matter what you’re studying , you will experience ups and downs. Do you have the grit to stay the course and ride out the hard times ?
Are there jobs? The answer seems to be, yes. This week alone I received emails from 3 companies asking us to let graduates know they are hiring (one company is visiting early and will also attend our Industry Event); two posters from a major company arrived in the mail reminding us (in red) to let people graduating in May know that the deadline for paid internship application is April ; and we received a notice that a major Toronto company is looking for animators with classical skills.
Then why is the word out in the high schools that there are no jobs in animation? I’ve been told that high schools are hearing back from former grads that they cannot find work. Why not?
It would seem that the problem is that many animation programs may not be teaching the skills companies need! Knowing computer programs does not make you an animator, and there are no short cuts. Two year programs cannot adequately prepare you for employment.
It also is important to be in a program where you can get attention from the instructor, and help if you hit a problem you can’t work out on your own.
Max the Mutt believes in small class size, and offers a rigorous in depth curriculum that includes basic training in old fashioned representational art skills, the foundation of any successful career. We never stopped stressing classical animation skills because they are the basis of good computer animation and cannot be skipped over or covered in one course. We never stopped teaching life drawing, including anatomy, with an emphasis on gesture, movement, weight and expression. We teach animal drawing because you cannot animate an animal if you don’t have knowledge of quadraped structure and movement.
We include 2 acting courses, 2 drawing for animation courses, film language and storyboarding ( including using software and creating an animatic), and give you experience creating your own film in year 3 ,and, in year 4, working under a professional on a group project.
We want animation education in Canada to be the best it can be because a thriving industry will only thrive if we have skilled people to do the jobs.
No one school can produce enough people to keep animation in Canada at a high level! We are all necessary.
We know that different schools are a good fit for different people, and you need to look into all of those you short list. Just be sure you’ve checked out the curriculum and the instructors, and that you’ll be getting the training you need to succeed.
Remember, there are no short cuts.
It has been our experience that the companies are out there looking for people, and with good instruction, passion, and hard work, you can acquire the skills they need, but it will take more than two years.
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or call, toll free, 1-877-486-MUTT.