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    rejected by SCAD

    hey guys allow me to ventilate a bit.
    I just got rejected by SCAD school of animation, and i really wanted to know why

    I have been a straight A student since elementary school, had a bachelor of engineering in imperial college london as my first degree, then went on to further my studies at medical school of Chinese University Hong Kong for a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, I graduated with honours for both of these degrees. I have just passed my fellowship examination for orthopaedic surgery and is now working as a specialist surgeon. I have had extensive experience in art, held several art exhibitions and won a few art competitions. I designed the mascot for several organisation and painted a mural of a major hospital in hong kong. I have got an online portfolio myself: http://www.liyeung.com

    I just wonder what’s the reason i got rejected. is it due to lack of formal art training in an accredited school? Just a bit frustrated since it won’t be due to grades, as i heard used to be the main reason of rejection for SCAD


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    Quote Originally Posted by liyeung View Post
    hey guys allow me to ventilate a bit.
    I just got rejected by SCAD school of animation, and i really wanted to know why

    I have been a straight A student since elementary school, had a bachelor of engineering in imperial college london as my first degree, then went on to further my studies at medical school of Chinese University Hong Kong for a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, I graduated with honours for both of these degrees. I have just passed my fellowship examination for orthopaedic surgery and is now working as a specialist surgeon. I have had extensive experience in art, held several art exhibitions and won a few art competitions. I designed the mascot for several organisation and painted a mural of a major hospital in hong kong. I have got an online portfolio myself: http://www.liyeung.com

    I just wonder what’s the reason i got rejected. is it due to lack of formal art training in an accredited school? Just a bit frustrated since it won’t be due to grades, as i heard used to be the main reason of rejection for SCAD
    I am sorry to hear you were rejected. I don't know the specifics of SCAD, but in general, animation schools want to see a solid portfolio, showing strong drawing skills, emphasising drawing from life, and the ability to construct figures in space. Your online portfolio consists of a grand total of 4 pieces, which really doesn't cut it. Your academic achievements are impressive, but may only help you in the hypothetical case that you are one of equally strong portfolios, so a choice will be made on qualities other than artistic.
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    Could you show us your portfolio that you submitted to SCAD? Your online portfolio really isn't showing anything that would be important for an animation submission. If SCAD is anything like Sheridan they usually have very specific portfolio requirements (eg a character turnaround, a 8 panel storyboard, three life drawings, etc). It could even be something like not following the submission requirements, such as using the wrong website or submitting a slideshow instead of still images. Unfortunately being a great doctor doesn't mean anything in the art world. Your website also has way too much text and not enough art. You have almost 700 words dedicated to your biography and half of it is while you were still in elementary school.
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    You might need to work on your fundamental art skills - figure drawing, perspective, still life, etc. It doesn't matter if you have the best grades, achievements, if your portfolio does not show a strong understanding of fundamental art skills. Sorry if this came as a shock to you.

    Also check out Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams to get an idea of what kind of skills an animator needs.

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