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Hi, I'm currently beginning my 3rd year at OCAD illustration but I don't think its the right fit for me anymore, and I'm thinking of applying to Sheridan.
However the problems are: I don't know whether the animation or illustration program is right for me. I'm interested concept art, but my goal in life would be to create of my own animated series since I also like to create my own stories/characters. I don't just want to be an animator but have animation as one of my skill sets. I also live 10 mins away from OCAD, but to go to sheridan i'd have to commute from downtown toronto which would be 2 hrs I think.
I'm not 100% happy with OCAD. BUT i'm also not sure if sheridan is any better either, because I hear things like 'its all about portfolio and yourself not the school' so I'm not even sure if it will matter which school I graduate from. I'd like some info before I make the leap:
1. Difference between animation and illustration @ sheridan and which one would you guys say fits me more
2. How much is average rent per month at oakville (not interested in living on campus just cheap rent)
3. I'm scared to make a move since I already entered 3rd year and if i went into sheridan i'd have to start from yr 1 again and I'm not exactly rich... BTW do they offer advanced standing for animation/illustration?
4. I've also looked into Max the mutt's concept art program, i'm interested since its still in toronto but can anyone give me info on that program
5. Whats are the classes, teachers and students like? Are they friendly/supportive?
6. would especially like to hear from current students and especially grads and industry workers from all programs mentioned. Btw are the internships paid and related to what you are studying (not just vaguely)
Sorry I know this is a lot, but this issue is really bothering me and I'm feeling stuck. Any help is appreciated thanks!
would love to know the answer to these questions too. Considering Sheridan Illustration for next fall, but I am already a professional animator. I just want to take illustration to hopefully gain a career with more creative control... most interested in above questions #1,2,5 & 6
any sheridan graduates on here??
1. I can't really answer this question, but this artist: http://travale.tumblr.com/ has done both animation and illustration at Sheridan and I think she would be a great help to you.
2. I can't tell you this as well, since I commute to Oakville. But you should check out this website for an idea: http://www.places4students.com/ My classmates pay around $300-600 a month, but it depends on where you live and how many people you share with.
3. I believe there is actually, but I'm not entirely sure! The best way to get an answer for this is to call The Oakville campus.
5. It really depends. I'm so far in my first year of Illustration and I love it. My teachers are super helpful, and my classmates are so lovely. First year is pretty basic foundation stuff, trying to get everyone to the same level. Second year (from what I hear) is when they try to weed people out.
6. Between third and fourth year you do unpaid co-op. The lack of pay may suck but you do get a lot of experience!
imo, it sounds like you're better suited for animation. Emily Carroll has done the animation programme at Sheridan and she's a very successful Illustrator. In both Animation and Illustration you learn basic art skills, but it's the specific skill sets that vary. You seem to love animation! But I really suggest applying for both.
I think in November Sheridan has their Portfolio Day thingy. You should go as early as you can, go to both Illustration and Animation portfolio and ask the teachers there for their suggestions.
I'd love to know about this portfolio day as well.
Found it!! False alarm. 2011 not 2012. I'll call in the morning and get an official date.
Last edited by Dunnstar; October 20th, 2012 at 09:20 PM.
Yeah, I was looking into it. http://www.esainfo.ca/guide-to-performances-and-events
Not open to the public. Shame
But, good news with the bad, found the actual portfolio day
This information should be easier to find, honestly.
I tried looking at the website of where it as held last year, The Design Exchange, but nothing.
I can't seem to find anymore info. I suggest going to Sheridan's open house in November though. I didn't find out about last year's portfolio day until the end of October, so you may have to hold out for more info
Oh okay. Do they hold one every year? I would love to go to their open house, its quite the trip though.
Would you say its worth it?
Just out of curiosity why do you feel OCAD's illustration program doesn't suit you any more?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm interested in applying to it but I've heard mixed reviews.
However they are throwing a portfolio day on the 5th w alot of major art school players, so might as well check it out for yourself.
Even a quick skim of the courses shows you how little the fundamentals are touched on. I knew it wasnt the right fit by the end of the first semester but I kept on trucking despite my intution yelling at me.
Yes siree, applying to animation. Good luck though.
Long story short?: I think if you want to go into concept art, storyboarding, animation, comics, or any industry that values strong drawing/painting skill you're probably better off not going to OCAD. Just my experience though.
Yeah the hipster thing is not an exaggeration. They are everywhere.
Yeah I'm actually in first year art and I've been pretty unhappy about the lack of technical skills taught, especially in classes like drawing where you would expect to learn how to draw.
I was hoping to transfer into illustration in hopes it'd be a better program but from what you've said I'm starting to wondering if the whole open concept nature and lack of industry preparation is true amongst most of the programs.
I'll probably end up finishing this year at least and applying to other programs in the Fall.