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    #26
    Its OK.

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    #27
    I also did the diploma of Graphic Design at Media Design School and highly reccomend it if you are looking to work in that sector. A word of warning, Design can be a Fckin hard area to get work in.

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    #28
    I have nearly just finished year 1 in a 3 year course at Ucols Computer Graphic Design course in Wanganui. I have had a great year and learnt heaps in the basic areas of design. The work has been fun and alot of time has gone into it.
    Though you probably dont know where Wanganui is cos its a small city thats countred by getting to really know the people in your class and the cool groovy atmosphere in Wanganui.

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    #29
    Hey guys - cool following your train of thought!
    I've trained to be a primary school teacher at Massey but it's not fulfilling me so i want to get into my creativity...

    I've just spent all week checking out the animation school options ... from what i have seen on the net MDS is the one to go to. It's one year dip. is NZQA level 6 - same as Digitrain's two year dip. Wanganui sounds groovy but it's 3 years. Southern Institute of Tech has Batechor of Digital Media - NO COURSE FEES !! - but, like ALL the other degrees I've checked out at various Uni's and Techs, they're padded out and take so long to get to the core of animation. Maybe someone with experience can correct me here

    Bloody good point Nagash ... sounds like you're in the thick of it -

    "You really have to be sure you want to do it because you have to be able to sit there and work on something until you get it perfect, and animations take ALONG time, something as simple as a 30 second advert can take months. but you have to work to a dead line. and you have to understand that if your employer doesnt like it, your going to have to redo it again and again till he/she does."

    The bitch is I havn't had ANY experience in animation - or design (even at school). I just know it's my future somehow. SO I'm going to download Maya, learn how it works and create a short anime that can pose as my portfolio. I'm giving myself 7 months to learn it - submit for the MDS cut off (in feb?) for June 2005 intake.

    Well ...that's all from me ... go well ...
    U

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    #30
    If u ever have any maya questions dont hesitate to ask, im sure we will be more than happy to help ya out whats one more animator to contend with
    and yeh digitrain is 2 years, = alot mroe money than MDS but the way things are looking im gunna get a scholarship for next year so then i can cut my fees in half and that makes it cheaper 2 years than going to MDS for 1 year.

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    #31
    Thanks for your offer of support - I think I'm going to need a lot of that !!

    Had an email today from Digitrain - it's possible i may be able to do first year free - as you have done. Their website is peanuts compared to MDS but at least they spell out exactly what is being studied:

    First Year -

    History of animation
    Character animation principles
    2D Digital Drawing
    ToonBoom 2D digital animation
    3D modeling
    Video editing
    File management
    Character design
    Frame composition and cinematography
    Stop motion animation
    Scripting 2D animation
    Digital Delivery Formats
    3D Texturing
    Writing storyboards and animatics
    3D lighting
    3D rendering
    Legal issues for animation
    3D animation

    Second Year -

    Create a low-resolution model
    Advanced modeling techniques
    Plan and write 3D Authoring scripts (MEL scripting)
    Produce and apply advanced textures
    Create a scripted animation story
    Create a Stop motion animation (individual)
    Create a high resolution 3D character animation
    Rendering theory and practice
    Produce 3D environments
    Describe the 3D production process


    Yeah - looks pretty comprehensive !!

    Actually pal, I would really like to hear about your first year at Digitrain. Would you give a sort of informal appraisal for those of us who are considering their animation options?

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    #32
    I will when i finish it

    yeh they have some scholarships, ill try get your name bumped up to the top heehe

    do you have long blonde hair by any chance?
    was a guy i saw the other day who is interested in doing the course nxt year, wondering if it was you

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    #33
    sounds good - nothing like waiting till the end to get the whole picture
    And ...although my hair is longish and blondish I have to claim innocent as I've been corresponding from Zurich in Switzerland

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    #34
    Originally posted by Nagash
    yeh they have some scholarships, ill try get your name bumped up to the top heehe
    Great idea!! I talked to mel over the phone last night - he said there were 12 people on 2005 waiting list and that the school uses their 'discretion' when deciding who gets funding ... fingers crossed

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    #35
    well today was an interesting day, my tutor is leaving to go work at MDS because they have longer hours and his wife has just become pregnant so he could use the xtra cash, hes staying till the holidays and then we are getting a new tutor, but wether they have one or not i dont know

    but yeh, gimme your name and when i see mel next ill see wat i can do

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    #36
    I did the CG design degree in Wanganui about 8 years ago (finished then) - good teaching quality - in year two you choose modules (i.e. web, print, animation etc) I went down the motion-graphics route, when I left I had a good enough showreel. First job was at tvnz, did promo graphics for a year then title sequences for stuff like americas cup, F+P netball and various other tvnz produced shows - I moved to UK 3.5 years ago - took 2 months to get a job, now I manage a motion-graphics studio, we do stuff mainly for alcohol brands - main tools are After effects, cinema 4d + lightwave (plus the usual illustrator + photoshop) - when I left the course I had $14k student loan but I'd say it's the best investment I ever made.

    Wanganui gives a good practical grounding, 24 hour computer acess (for those late nights ), bad nightlife - less distractions than welly or Auckland! - boy does 3 years go quick, I'd be quite keen to go back at some stage to do a masters - money permitting....

    A one year course is OK if your already pretty focussed + clued up on what is good and bad design and already can use software but I would recommend a longer course, you're only young once and you are gonna have 30 or so years working, why rush to get there

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    #37
    thanks for your response decaf.
    24 hours a day labs sound great - and necessary!
    I guess the generic first year is a bonus ...
    essentially though, i want to get into the industry earning good money asap and i'm not going to go through another 3 years when i could get straight to the point in one or two years.

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    #38
    fair enough Uhuru, as you've done a teaching course already I expect you are a little more onto it than I was at that stage.

    quickest way to make money is to work for yourself as soon as possible (but I'm sure you know that already) - good money in graphic design is not as easy to get as some polytechs make out - as in most things it all comes down to the individual in the end Good Luck

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    #39
    Hey Decaf, I graduated from Wanganui a year after you. I think I can guess who you might be seeing as you say you worked for TVNZ. I've been back in NZ for a year and a half after hanging out in Melbourne for three years with Alex & J'nel and the two Tims .

    I can confirm, that the degree at Wanganui is excellent if you are serious about a design career. I chose motion graphics in my second year, to see if I liked it and seven years later, I'm putting together my third reel.

    My younger sister did the design degree at AUT. Being from Auckland she was less social with her classmates, because she already had her core group of friends long before she attended the course. On the other-hand, attending Wanganui, I got to meet a whole lot of new people, some of whom I got to catch up with again when I moved to Melbourne. So don't let Wanganui's location and size put you off, it is it's best asset.

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    #40
    Hey!!
    I've just been to Wanganui today to visit the design school. it's a happening place and the work i saw on display is high quality. I spent most of my time talking to one of the Maya tutors called Michael (i think!!) and essentially he said that whatever course you do - batchelars/post grad etc - is geared to give you an alround design perspective - even though you can specialise.

    He himself said that Media Design School would be better if you knew exactly what you wanted because the programmes there are one-pointed and designed to meet specific industry need.

    So, i'm pleased I've been able to check out the Wanganui school but there's something about the sense of community and drive of MDS that has sold it to me.

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    #41
    Hey guys
    I am currently sorting out my submission folio for massey design course. I do photography, Art design and Graphics with physics as an extra subject. I was wondering if you guys had any scans of your foilos that you submitted for massey or ELAM or any other design schools that i could have a look at? Im not low enough to credit someones elses work as my own so dont worry.
    I dont know if you fellas know the formatt for NECA marking but its different, internals and externals and a whole heap of bullshit, but the low down on getting into massey is the same.

    Portfilo for massey accepted > plus pass External Y13 Folio > in with a grin.

    An tips on what the marking / judgeing panel are looking for?

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    #42
    Originally posted by smoo
    Hey guys
    I am currently sorting out my submission folio for massey design course. I do photography, Art design and Graphics with physics as an extra subject. I was wondering if you guys had any scans of your foilos that you submitted for massey or ELAM or any other design schools that i could have a look at? Im not low enough to credit someones elses work as my own so dont worry.
    I dont know if you fellas know the formatt for NECA marking but its different, internals and externals and a whole heap of bullshit, but the low down on getting into massey is the same.

    Portfilo for massey accepted > plus pass External Y13 Folio > in with a grin.

    An tips on what the marking / judgeing panel are looking for?
    lol...i remember the day when i had to prepare a folio...wow...seems like yesterday! i dont have any scans of my old work as it got donated to charity many years ago...but I can advise on how to present it...if you're in auckland it would be easier to meet up but if not then it still managble..

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    #43
    Nah sorry im in nelson. My art teacher has been helping me out a lot, ive put in graphics work, art design folio work, photography prints and some personal work.
    Ive concentrated quite a bit on presentation and layout to make sure they see it and that it stands out.

    Good idea? hmmmm, we will wait and see...

    I mounted it on black paper with white outlines and didnt fill up the pages to much, each different peice of work and development has short and direct introduction and some of the development have small notes explaining.
    I also seperated the work into so each final had 1 blank page to itself opposite it. For the notes and introduction i used an opicified backgrounf from my dedign to give it a personal touch.

    thoughts HELLPH|RE?

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    #44
    sorry dude...completely missed this topic...well black card always looks good..but i must admit when i was over in the uk studying they hated it..everyone does it..its like one of the easiest ways to make shit work look less shittier...not that im saying your work is shit..i havent see it...i rekcon less can be more but that is solely dependent on conext...just try to categorize your work so it can be read in clusters...try to catergorize by year as well to show progression...but your worst work first and your best somewhere towards the end....try sending me some pics if you want further advice...unfortunately thats all i can say so far without really seeing your work...oh and dont forget to label...make sure your folio can speak for itself without you being there...thats what makes a folio succesful...good luck and pm me if you need more help.

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    #45
    i got into massey uni graphic design course, hope its good.

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    #46
    Originally posted by SIR_MIGHTY_DORK
    i got into massey uni graphic design course, hope its good.
    congratulations

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    #47
    Originally posted by notlim naneek
    hey could sum1 explain these careers in full,

    graphic designer
    industrial designer
    and anything semi related

    i know the basics but no1 has really laid it down for me, so if sum1 could explain and help me beta undastand these professions it wud be much appreciated. thanx.

    cg animation would be sweet, thats like the made special effects rite? like smeagle in the lotr's rite? cg stands for computer generated rite? if so how wot do u have to do to get into that course Nagash? the cd one that is. will i need uni entrance? or just a portfolio, both or none? thanx
    I used to study in the Bachelor of Product Design at Unitec during 2003, and i still have mates there. To be a Product Designer is being pretty broad, and they are also known as Industrial Designers (along with like five or so other titles) You could be working on anything from lighting, to furniture, to electronic devices, automotive design... you could specialise in ergonomics or something like that. From what i've heard and seen of people who go into the workforce as Product Designers, in New Zealand a lot of people go into lighting of furniture. There are heaps of people who work for design SME's aroudn the country churning out great products that are shipped all over the world, but you often start off doing things like CAD work for other designers etc for experience first. At Unitec they teach SolidWorks and Rhino CAD...

    I understand Graphic Design is like 2d work, like print media etc. I think my mate did the Graphics Design course at MDS in 2002, and he loved it eh. I'm currently at MDS in the 3D animation course. Its real wicked. They teach Maya here, and the tutors on the whole are really good people to have around. I think all the 3D tutors have a decent amount of work experience. To get into the 3D course at MDS you need to be 19yo, and have a portfolio of work ready (They seem to really look at the pencil drawings etc). I think at Natcoll they teach Lightwave 3D, but i'm not totally sure...

    Sorry for waffling on, but i hope that helps (Y)

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    #48
    i reckon computer design is fun, i did a year of that and its piss easy if ure into computers, im more into my computer technition degree tho

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    #49
    Im considering leaving school after this year or the year after...was wondering if that would screw up my chances of getting into MDS? (im year 11, form 5 now)

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    #50
    Need to bump this sh*t as I need info on such stuff.
    Amazing What Googling does. I'd never thought I'd get a GPForums entry (that was also saved from the meltdown..sweet!)

    Anyway, please reply if you know aobut such stuff