What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
Before I entered the Seneca Visual effects for film and Television course, I had taken a 3 year 3D Animation and Digital Production course at Durham College. Where i received and advanced Diploma.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the classes. All of the teachers were really helpful. I found that because the classes were small, that we were able to get more 1 on 1 time with a teacher if we were having difficulty with something. All of the teachers were/are in the industry and because of that it kept everything current that we were learning. I really enjoyed that my classmates had all different backgrounds because everyone had different perspectives and opinions. I had a really great experience and made a lot of life long friendships.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
Everyone always says you learn more in your job the first week then you ever will in school, which is correct. However I also learned a lot of key principals that are always used in every aspect of the industry. Its those core values that you take away that are important and used day to day. Also the program helped me decide what aspects of the visual effects industry I was interested in.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
Be prepared to work. This industry involves a lot of hours and a lot of work. Manage your time wisely, keep things simple. Don't over reach your means and capabilities. Take in as much as the professors have to offer, don't be afraid to ask questions its how you learn, the teachers are there to help you. This course is a good way to branch out in the industry which is so huge and has many things to offer. Knowledge is power this industry is competitive, the more you know and the more experience you have, the better chance you have at finding a job. (Finally, follow your dreams and never give up on them.)
(Written in 2012)