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    The Art Institutes Game Art and Design Program

    Is there anyone here taking this curriculum, and if so how do you like thus far. I am pondering attending the AI of Pittsburgh and I am curious to know if its worth my money or time. Thanks in advance to whoever responds.

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    Hi Gaitkeepah, you should check this thread out regarding the Art Institute schools

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...&threadid=7273

    apparantly, people seem to be quite unhappy with it
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    DO NOT GO TO AIP! My wife and I graduated from that school and the only good that came out of it was we met each other. I graduated in Graphic Design and she graduated in Photography. The classes I took at the local community college were better and gave me more information than AIP ever did. All they were interested in was getting your money every session, I had a total of 2 good instructors while I was there and they even told us we should get out and go to a REAL school.
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    Thanks for responding. I'm still researching the best school for me, I'm looking at Pratt or the San Francisco Art academy.
    I Haven't totally eliminated the AIP yet, but I will take into consideration the opinions of those here and at AWN when I ultimately make my decision.

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    the Game Art and Design program at AiCDIS in Burnaby, BC, Canada totally rocks.
    I'm in the CAP program there...not the EGAD or GAAF or the other game related program they have.....but I'm tempted to switch over.

    ....this school can certainly boast some of the best instructors around IMHO.
    ...I mean in my program alone I have 2 teachers that work full time at Mainframe.....in fact, the one was hired by the other.....he told him exactly what he had to have on his demo reel for the submissions people to take notice.

    ...from what I hear, the gaming programs here have instructors with 10 years of experience in the industry and more....
    ...they certainly know their stuff.....and you get to work closely with all the related fields-teaming up on projects with the programmers & animators and whatnot.

    ...and they cater to you to a degree that one would think you could only dream of. Crappy teachers are replaced at the drop of a hat, programs are re-planned to suit current industry standards, and they do everything they can to not only develop your skills, but to hone those skills into something that employers are looking for.

    ...it's way more than just training, it's an entire education. it totally rocks.

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    The GAAD program rocks at AIOC! Although this is its first year, I've not heard any complaints so far! I'm double majoring in media arts and animation and GAAD. I haven't taken any of the GAAD classes yet, I'm going to get my animation out of the way first. Once that's done I'll letcha know!
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    Now Im not going to come on and say Full Sail is a great school. I attend 3 of the degree courses there. Film, Digital Media, and Computer Animation. I went to this school in hopes it would take my current knowledge and apply it to new standards. I have to say I was dissapointed. There are some great instructors there, Mark Pinski of Mutlimedia Audio, is one of the best instructors in my opinion at the school. He really is the only teacher I know that gives full Lectures where you actually learn something. But I note that this is a precoarse class, and when you get to your degree program things do start going down hill. Most of the graduates I know end up going back home to live with their parents while trying to find another school to invest in, or are flipping burgers waiting for that perfect job to come to them. I honestly say if you want a school where you work hard and its only 14 months. Which most of the time goes pretty quickly then go to Full Sail. If you are wanting to learn something from the ground up, attend a 4 year school.

    NOTE:
    Placement at Fullsail was given 8 positions available from EA Tiburon in Maitland Florida. The team who develops Madden. THey wanted 4 Computer Animation students, and 4 Digital Media students. They ended up hiring 8 digital media students. Because they have a broader knowledge that people in the industry look for. So get your full 4 years worth I wish I did. I wouldnt have wasted 70 thousand dollars of my money. Also I note that the credits at Full Sail are not transferable to any other school than fullsail. So if you get your AA, you cant go for a BA at another school. Using Full Sail Credits.


    This is a tough decision. I wish you luck.
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    I'm going to AI in Burnaby, formerly CDIS. Finishing 3rd semester of the GAAP program. It is not so hot. This whole semester was a huge dissapointment.
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    Lil Qoh- I'd have to agree with you on that one. AiOC has great instructors for the GAAD program. I guess its all those blizzard guys, and the infamous Mr.Jung. But let me tell you it wasnt always so.... i've been at the school since its humble beginnings. And it has come a long way, still a long way from perfect, but alot better than b4.
    "Someone once told me you never finish a drawing, you just decide when to give up."
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    AI SUCKS ASS,DONT LISTEN.....HEAR!!!!!!INVESTIGATE YOUR FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY WANT MONEY NOT TALENT!!!!!!
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    I dont know about the other schools but I am going to AICALA right now...I think it is up to the student on what you get out of the school...If you think that if you just can pay alot of money and the knowledge and skills will be implanted in your brain your gona have and attitude like hatee:nopity: because you have to work your ass off to get good...We have some amazing instructors that are really in the game industry and know what the hell they are talking about...We just got a brand new mocap set up downstairs for animation.....I have an intership right next door at activison in the art department...Epic got involved with our program now so we will be working on creating a couple of fully developed levels in Unreal by the time we graduate for our demo reel....

    I have heard from lots of people that we have the best program because of our location...Lots of talent around the area so we have top notch instructors...

    But I do hear some people comlain about it to and alot of people could not hang with the program because they thought it was to difficult...But if you just crack on this stuff and soak it up, you will be a very well rounded game artist...
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    By the way...check out www.videogameartist.com ..This is run by one of our teachers, Nick Marks...He is lead texture artist at luxoflux who just finished up true crimes; streets of LA...Defently one of the best instructors at the school...
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    i went to the Art Institute of Los Angeles for a short time. I tested out of high school two years early and started at AI when I was 16. I didnt like the school, primarily because I had been working so much with everything I was doing there for so long already that it was boring.

    They do have some great proffesors though, and for anyone new to a lot of the different classes you have to take to advance in the programs it could be great.

    Did you have Vu at all Shade? My fundamentals of drawing proffesor was one of the coolest people I have met in my life, and I definately wouldnt be drawing like I am today without him. My work improved dramatically in his class, I had always drawn before, but he opened my eyes to so much, it was great. Best art teacher I have had. But obviously that isn't enough to keep me in a program I am spending so much money on and am so unhappy with.

    However, I did feel uncomfortable at that school for a number of reasons, a large one being my age. At 16 I was constantly confused about what was going on with my loans, registration etc. And a lot of the students did treat me differently when they found out I was 16. I really didnt like it. So I decided to leave and just work on my companies.

    TheShade, if you haven't had Vu, do what you can to get into one of his classes at some point. Hes great.
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