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CG Spectrum - Awesome online animation/conceptart/modeling school
10-22-2012, 10:11 PM
Hey guys! I am new to CG hub. I am currently enrolled in a new online school called CG Spectrum, that I thought I would write a quick review letting people know about it. I found out about it through forums like this, from awesome people who took the time to write these, so I thought I would return the favor.
I had been looking for a school to learn animation for quite some time now. 3D animation has always been what I've wanted to do, but I could not find a decent school. And by decent, I mean one that won't send me 70K-80K in debt, for a mediocre education. To be honest, I was preparing to take on that amount because this is the profession I feel drawn too and I'm sure we've all heard the "follow your dreams" speech. I had found schools like Animation mentor, which are reasonably price, but I felt like they sacrificed quality of education, for price. I would rather go in debt and learn something that will get me a job, than to save money and have almost nothing. That was when though, I read about CG spectrum through a forum post! Let me start out by saying, I am a term in, and absolutely thrilled with it. When I first read about it I emailed the admissions director and within a few hours he emailed me back answering everyone of my questions and offering to meet me online to answer any more questions I had or simply talk about the industry. I met with him a few days later and spent almost 2 hours just discussing 3D animation and the school. I found out he himself had been a working professional (not just a business man) and had only started the school very recently because he saw that students online, were not getting proper training. I thought I would lay out the major bullet points that sold me on the school.
Overall, I am thrilled to death with this school and it's nice to not feel like I'm financially ruining myself while pursuing my goals! http://www.cgspectrum.com/
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10-25-2012, 08:20 AM
No problem at all, I will also answer the questions based on my own experience since I'm in a different class than Nelson:
1. How long are your video critiques that you get from your mentor? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? Does it vary from week to week?
It depends on what the critique is, they are usually around 30 mins, but you can even get a 50 mins critique if the assginment needs it. As long as the concept is clear, they will spend the time they need to teach you.
2. Odd question...but how do you learn the material each week? Is there a video lecture or something?
It works like this: The instructor gives you a recorded lecture and the assginment, you watch the lecture and start off the assginment, submit it and get critiques, and once a week you meet live with the mentor to check the progress. Sometimes the lectures are live, sometimes recorded, it depends on the topic. But either way, if you have questions you can ask by email, they are always available.
3. What character rigs do you use? Do they have their own or do you have to find rigs online yourself?
We mostly use Morpheus: http://www.joshburton.com/projects/morpheus.asp
Amazing free rig byt Josh Burton. But you can use any rig, as long as you have permission to use it.
4. What do you do during class? Does the teacher pull up your file or is that only for your video critique? I read on some other forum that the students log in in intervals to get feedback on their shot. Not sure if that's true.
In live critiques the instructors opens your file and shares the screen with the whole class, everybody can comment on it or ask questions, and you get to watch other people's crtiques as well.
5. I'm not sure where you two are in the program, but if you are near the end, do you feel ready for the industry due to the hard work you put in and the education you got?
I'm in the third semester. I feel pretty good, was better than 6 months ago. I still have lots to learn, but compared to other students I feel more confident since the classes simulate real environments in a way.
6. This is my biggest question. Are your teachers good at teaching? I read elsewhere that at some online programs, some teachers are fantastic animators but not good teachers. I don't want to be stuck in that situation.
They are AMAZING!!! Mark Pullyblank is very famous in the program, he is great at explaining, he has the ability and has a lot of experience teaching, he was at animation mentor teaching before, his classes are super fun and very clear. But really, every instructor know how to explain, and the great thing about that is that each one of them has their own workflow and methods, you learn different ways of doing the same things until you develp your own. I learn about good posing with Jeff Pepper, overlapping and timing from Nick Fredin, faster blocking from Neil Kennedy. They are all great, there is no bad choice!
7. What made you choose the class option versus the one-on-one option?
This is a good question. The classes are small enough to be very private and personal, but big enough to create good environment, a dialogue and good and healthy competition. You get to meet people from all around the world, in my class we are from: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Kazakhastan. Your classmates become your friends and immediate contacts, we always keep in touch for feedback and you learn A LOT from them, since everybody has different strenghts and methods, also levels of experience. I would definitely go again for the class option, it is a great international experience.
I hope this all helps, and thanks for posting this Nelson! It's great tobe able to tell other people about cgspectrum!
Celia, feel free to add me on Facebook if you have any other questions or anything: https://www.facebook.com/fernando.ortegasalgado
I can add you to the CG Spectrum group so you can start learning even before starting the program. That place is a good way to start getting familiar with Maya,don't be afraid to ask anything!
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