Hi Kaitlyn! I've been following your work since you were on dA. It's been really awesome to see you art and style develop! :) I've been wanting to go into the animation field for the longest time and I'm going to be applying for schools soon. One of the possibilities is SCAD. What was your experience there like? What classes did you take? I also noticed on your resume something about Cal Arts? What did you do there? I'd love to try for there too, but it looks intimidating haha. from spookzilla
Oh boy. This is the question I always kind of avoid answering, haha. I am going to preface this by saying that your education is 10000000% percent what you MAKE of it- no matter where you go. I think a rat once said “not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” So, I believe that as long as you have the drive and you put the time, work, and research into what it is you want to do, you’ll be fine.
SCAD for me was great in some respects and lackluster in others. I met so many wonderful people there, faculty, fellow students, dogs. Savannah has such great dogs, let me tell you. Just go to Forsyth Park and you’ll see what I mean. I LOVE Savannah…the city itself is somewhere I’d love to live again and I get homesick for it a lot. As far as SCAD itself…this is a school where, again, it’s just what you make of it. The first two years are foundations…meaning: you will not practice your major at all. That one took me by surprise. Granted, I did very little research on the school before I decided to go…but yeah, attending a school for animation and not even having one class in it until I was a junior was less than awesome. One thing I can tell you is that SCAD has INSANELY great resources. Their applications are constantly updated and there are HD cintiqs/ dual monitors everywhere (as well as any other form of technology you might need.) So yeah, if you go there…use it to your advantage. Learn as many programs as you can…draw on those gorgeous cintiqs…that stuff is really expensive post-grad.
There are all kinds of reasons people choose the schools they choose for college and I feel like I am in NO position to really sway people one way or another because, as I’ve said twice now, it’s all up to you to get where you intend to go in the end. Personally, SCAD was a second choice to CalArts for me. I attended the CalArts summer program CSSSA in 2007 (back when I was about 16) and fell in love. When I submitted a portfolio for college, I was rejected. C’est la vie. I found somewhere else to go (SCAD), submitted two weeks before the submission deadline on a whim, got accepted, and moved to…Georgia. Georgia is literally the last place I saw myself going to school, but hey, it worked out just fine and I even fell in love with the city I lived in. Now I’m out in California, working at a feature studio, living with my room mate from CSSSA all those years ago. Life is funny. Best of luck!