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August 24th, 2008 #27
Hi there everyone my name is James, I'm 20, spent a little bit of time in the 2008 thread. I am applying to Ringling for Computer Animation in 2009 so it's great to meet people with the same goal. Currently I am working my butt off to improve my skills, I am drawing as much as I can so I look forward to sharing information with you all. Getting into Ringling is a very important goal for me.
I agree with copperfire that people should post the links to their accepted portfolios, that would be so helpful.
Good luck to all the Ringling freshman that are going in next week.
Oh yeah and thanks Milencov for making this thread!
Hide this ad by registering as a memberAugust 24th, 2008 #28
Heyo, senior CA here. I was wondering when this thread would start up for the 2009 hopefuls lol.
I feel compelled to give a bit of a warning about Ringling. It's not for everyone. Ringling has a specific goal in mind and prospective students should think carefully and see if that goal is in line with their own. Now that that's outta the way...
Ringling is a commercial art school. The most important thing here is how to make yourself marketable to companies. Even Fine Art is commercial, to a degree. If that is what you're looking for, then great! However, for some artists, the atmosphere leaves them wanting a more enriching environment. Realizing that you're only here to train yourself to work for a company can be disillusioning to those in need of soul-searching.
I can only speak for CA though. But here is what I can say about the program. IT'S TOUGH AS BALLS. Not to scare you, but it is my honest opinion that if you do not have the passion for animation, the curriculum will eat you alive. Ask yourself this question, "Can I imagine myself doing anything else for a living?". If the answer is 'no', you may be able to succeed in CA. But, if the answer is 'yes', I'd have to strongly suggest that you look into other opportunities. If you have any doubts about succeeding as a CG artist, listen to those doubts very carefully. You were born with the greatest alarm system in the world, your gut. Think about those doubts and really give them consideration.
Now, I know it sounds a bit mean-spirited, but it's the truth. CA students spend an inordinate amount of time in the labs working on animations because it just demands a long time to do anything. The only way we are actually able to slog through is with that passion; that knowledge that one day it'll all pay off and we'll be living high and mighty at Pixar(exaggerating of course ). It will be absolutely miserable if you have any doubts about CG as a career. So, please think long and hard about going into CA.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me.
"So now we have modeled something that will get us nowhere in life"
August 25th, 2008 #29
i had a question about recommendation letters, it states on the Ringling website "Ringling College does not use a standardized recommendation form." does this mean i need to download somewhere on the site a paper with Ringling's own form? If so could you direct me to a link? As i understand with the recommendation letter you must attach a paper for the writer to fill in, tick boxes and such. Where can i get this? Sorry for the confusion
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On another note, while I think my portfolio might be strong enough to get in combined with my academic stuff, I don't think its anywhere near good enough for some scholarship cash, so I'm doing some hard core work to boost mah skills.
How do you guys feel skill-wise currently?
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^It seems like a good idea to me as well. More convenient and such.....but thats just me.
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The past week or so I have been carrying a sketchbook with me everywhere that I go, just to try and observe people/things and quickly transfer their movement to paper. It has been difficult to get used to but extremely helpful and fun. I am also enrolling in a figure drawing class as I haven't drawn from a model all summer, and that certainly will help in banging out some pieces for my portfolio. Anyway, I got some work and studying to do before I am confident that my work will help me get in but I think it is possible.
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My portfolio reviews with Ringling have been pretty neutral, but if I can get to at least borderline level grades and extracirriculars will probably get me in (independent study with a freelance animator, pre-college for two years, founding an animation club at my school). I've been doing figure study twice weekly, two studio classes, and alot of independent sketching in order to get to a more comfortable level.
August 25th, 2008 #38
copperfire: i totally dig your idea, i was thinking it myself why not make a thread called something like "Accepted Portfolios-RINGLING ONLY" or something? it would me really helpful....
how is everybody doing with their work? my confidence in my portfolio is pretty low although i have received positive reviews with every university...i dont know just not a lot of self confidence in traditional art
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August 25th, 2008 #39
5coop: I know that sometimes the artwork on this site can make you feel very humble about your own abilities, it has happened to me. But keep in mind the membership of this site is mostly professional quality or very very high student quality. Unless you are going for the scholarships, I think you should take positive reviews from schools as a sign that you are right where you should be. I believe there are only about 6-7 posted portfolios in the other thread, which does NOT mean that everyone applying is at that level!
Just look at some of the awesome portfolios/sketchbooks and use them as inspiration that with enough work you can be there one day, but don't let it discourage you or worse, prevent you from doing art.
I hope this helped a little