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Hello world! (first post on conceptart.org)
I am a Swedish art student (foundation course in fine arts at Nyckelviksskolan), and like a lot of people I want to become a concept artist in the gaming industry. I am mainly thinking 2d character design / storyboarding / environments... The usual suspects.
I have some qualms about where to apply to though...
I have looked at several schools mainly in the UK and Canada, and figure I might as well ask for some input!
In Canada I have looked at:
Max the Mutt - which seems really really nice.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
The Art Institute of Vancouver
The two last ones I am not really sure about, I have talked a little with them, but I feel I have gotten very little useful information from them so far.
In the UK I am thinking about applying to:
the University of Teesside ( this or this )
Staffordshire University ( this one )
The ones in the UK are ones that my guidance counsellor have dug up (she has been calling several schools with a similar focus and dice&avalanche studios in search of information Truly an awesome woman)
Any schools you dearly recommend in Europe (Tends to be cheaper thanks to the EU) with a good standing and communication with the industry? Are the ones I have written down here any/no good (even though it all boils down to my commitment in the end)?
Thank you all beforehand!
If you are looking for focus strictly on fine arts and getting into a concept position down the line, I would remove AI (the art institute) from the list.
I attended the one here in Vancouver, and it is very heavily focused on 3D. There is some persistant life drawing, but their job is to get you in as either a game designer, environment or character artist. Other than that, I cannot be of assistance! Good luck
Have you looked into Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada?
I may be biased but I would recommend gathering information about their animation, illustration, and visual arts programs.
As for Vancouver I have heard good things about the Emily Carr Institute and the Vancouver Film School.
Hopefully this post is helpful in some way.