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    Feng Zhu School of Design

    Is there anyone who is attending to FZD and can make a review of it? I'm considering attending there and some comments from students would be great

    thanks you so much

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    I'm thinking of attending myself. I made a thread in this sub-forum a while ago - a "Frederick Rambaud" did the short certificate course, but I haven't had the chance to converse with the full time diploma students yet.

    I've sent in my portfolio, and am currently getting my documents in order.

    I had the chance to talk to Ms. Junying on then phone, and she said that students regularly go to bed at around 2:00AM - so when the webpage says the course is intense - it really is.

    Anyway, if there are any full time FZDSchool students out there, I'd like to hear what you have to say/comment on.

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    Hi My good friend and studiomate will be attending the school starting this month...I'm very excited for him

    He even gave me a link of work from a recent graduate...

    http://ericyeo.carbonmade.com/

    I really hope I could attend something like this as well...

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    Yo, I was at the show. i would say a good 90% was pretty sick. A lot of the guys i had talked to were not very good concept designers or artist Prior to Attending, Definitely lacking in The fundamentals. These online portfolios don't do any justice, 95% of the student had a portfolios packed with industry quality work.Fair amount of senior concept artist were in the house and industry scouts were present. Feng seems humble. A few days later I even got the chance to check out a polytechs university portfolio show.. And the 3 year programs portfolios had nothing on the fzd portfolio show..I felt sorry.. Not trying to come off as a fan boy, i'm just relaying what i seen to who ever wants to know.
    They told me get ready to draw all day every day until that shit is wired!.When they say 1 year intensive .. It's a full time gig..expect to get little sleep. Class starts at 10am 2morrow BallaS! IS Any From CA.org in this country now?.. fucking ridiculously amazing country eh!.. (CHICKEN RICE AND TIGER BEER! 5$).. hit me up and lets photo ref Singapore on the little days we get off. Pumped to shit to do this. I guess i gotta do a sketch dump soon.. first post in like 2 years! i will do my best to relay the 1st semester , but don't wait for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phats View Post
    Yo, I was at the show. i would say a good 90% was pretty sick. A lot of the guys i had talked to were not very good concept designers or artist Prior to Attending, Definitely lacking in The fundamentals. These online portfolios don't do any justice, 95% of the student had a portfolios packed with industry quality work.Fair amount of senior concept artist were in the house and industry scouts were present. Feng seems humble. A few days later I even got the chance to check out a polytechs university portfolio show.. And the 3 year programs portfolios had nothing on the fzd portfolio show..I felt sorry.. Not trying to come off as a fan boy, i'm just relaying what i seen to who ever wants to know.
    They told me get ready to draw all day every day until that shit is wired!.When they say 1 year intensive .. It's a full time gig..expect to get little sleep. Class starts at 10am 2morrow BallaS! IS Any From CA.org in this country now?.. fucking ridiculously amazing country eh!.. (CHICKEN RICE AND TIGER BEER! 5$).. hit me up and lets photo ref Singapore on the little days we get off. Pumped to shit to do this. I guess i gotta do a sketch dump soon.. first post in like 2 years! i will do my best to relay the 1st semester , but don't wait for it.
    How much does it cost btw?

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    [QUOTE=Bard;2780406]Hi My good friend and studiomate will be attending the school starting this month...I'm very excited for him

    He even gave me a link of work from a recent graduate...

    http://ericyeo.carbonmade.com/

    I really hope I could attend something like this as well...[/QUOTE


    Is this the average graduating student?

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    No Far far far from that... check the website out for more student galleries.

    www.fzdschool.com

    tnx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsondf View Post
    No Far far far from that... check the website out for more student galleries.

    www.fzdschool.com

    tnx.
    The average is better or worse?
    And where are the student galleries on that site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsondf View Post
    No Far far far from that... check the website out for more student galleries.

    www.fzdschool.com

    tnx.
    That looks the same as the work on the website linked earlier. Sorry but I can barely tell any of that work apart. If you told me it was all the same student I might even believe you.


    FZ is a good guy so this is nothing personal.

    I am going to say this from my own view and perspective. I have had teams of concept artists on hundreds of projects in film games toys etc...and run a concept program here at TAD. My comments will come from experience and from having a concept design school which comes from a different angle entirely.

    First, industrial design is important. Being able to design forms is important. Hard surface work is a worthy area of study. In that area, FZD School is doing pretty well. These are just opinions. Take them as you will.

    With that said, the work coming out of FZD shows a serious need of focus study in traditional foundations (except perspective), color, light, idea development (especially in the environments and more finished illustrations), knowledge of the human figure (I did not see one well done figure) and personal flair (it all looks like Feng if he were younger). Most of it is overly stiff and mechanical and needing sensitivity that comes from the study of life and nature. The student work far too closely resembles feng's and that should be completely discouraged. The reality is that if someone wants Feng they will just hire him. The art directors at the top do not want the real deal. The only things that are going to set any of the young students apart from the others is their own flavor..their own language of design and media handling and their own vision. I am not seeing that happen in that body of work.

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    Yeah, appreciate the kind comments. I'm just careful on how I answer in the forums, how I reply here is just my personal opinion and no way reflects the school.

    The school just entered its first year and for us the fourth batch they just started with Life Drawing classes, so in my opinion I count it lucky because employers are looking for an all around concept artists who can draw humans well too. I think for the first batch they focused to heavily on hard surfaces.

    In my opinion, its more of a cram school. I wish it went on longer though. And these tight deadlines can affect the final submitted work.

    Basing from the student gallery, as someone exposed to this before I can say that I have seen better work than those from other schools and artists who are self taught. But I can also say my personal work is not yet at the level the senior of my schools have.

    Jason, I know where your coming from and I feel do notice it in school. I guess it safe to assume that the school is capable to teach and bring out better results from someone who never drew before.

    But for us Asians, it opened a lot of doors. And Singapore is just 3 hours flight to where my country is. And art schools and living expenses in the United States are outside my budget range.

    Feng is super honest like. At the start of the first week he tells us about only 10% of a batch gets work right away and not everyone makes it. There is no sugar coating in that school. If your late in class instructors will not even look at your work. And that kind of dicipline I appreciate. I also like the part during Design Class we have to present our designs in front of people.

    As a student there, I believe its the best choice for me right now. I've never digitally painted before and even if I know my stuff is still rough. Its way better than before I came to FZD. I'm doing my best so I can have stuff worthy to post here.

    Hopefully more schools will pop up in the Asian region. After graduation I might move to San Francisco during my break to check out the cool scene there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
    The reality is that if someone wants Feng they will just hire him. The art directors at the top do not want the real deal. The only things that are going to set any of the young students apart from the others is their own flavor..their own language of design and media handling and their own vision. I am not seeing that happen in that body of work.
    Very true. But perhaps what the students are going for is to learn his way of doing art first, so they have a base from which they can change to their own styles.

    Saying that though, learning his way first will really limit their own style and abilities in the long run, because it'll be hard to change their way of thinking they learned from him.

    Moral of the story: Learn from TAD instead.


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    thank you all for ur responses
    hope I can study there someday

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