India has become a major outsourcing hub for VFX and Animation, creating a demand for creative and skilled professionals in the field. The rise in visual effects and animation studios has meant there are plenty of opportunities for employment and growth.
If you have your heart set on a career in this arena, this article is for you.
Now that choosing a career is out of the way, it does give rise to another dilemma – which VFX and Animation college in India can give you the skills you need to become one of the best in your field? The demand for qualified personnel has made VFX institutes spring up like weeds all over the country. So, how can you tell if a VFX and animation institute is great, good, and mediocre or just simply not worth bothering about?
Find out how you can look beneath the hood and ask the right questions to find the VFX institute that is the best fit for you!
Top Things to Look for in a VFX and Animation Institute in India
1. The Faculty
You know that the world of VFX and animation is evolving faster than the blink of an eye. So naturally, you want to be taught by professionals who keep abreast with the latest in VFX and animation methods and technology. So here’s our first tip: ask about the people who are going to teach you. Find out what their experience in the VFX and animation industry is. Is some of the faculty still working in the field? Professionals who teach are not only required to keep up with the latest developments (and therefore be able to pass on this knowledge to their students) but will also be able to give their students insights on how things work in the real world.
The infrastructure a VFX and animation school has is vital for its students. It allows you get a feel for using and handling equipment and software that you will need to use every day when you have a job. There’s no point in simply learning the theoretical use of a green screen and not actually using one until you graduate. You have reasons to be sceptical if a school promises practical work through field visits as using a hi-tech set up like a Chroma key studio just once really doesn’t help in getting practical experience that is worth it.
The top VFX and animation schools in India will have their own studio setups, top of the line equipment and allow their students access to it on a daily basis. Visit the campuses before you take a final call!
3. Teaching Methodology
VFX and animation require an understanding of theory and a whole lot of practice making it completely reasonable to ask your potential school how they go about ensuring their students get in the practical work they need to be truly successful. If they state that “students get plenty of time to practice on their own” you have a right to be wary. On the other hand, if the school states that they include plenty of practical work during school hours, it’s a good thing. You need guidance from your teachers so you know where you are going wrong or how to improve on what you are doing, especially initially. Additionally, the practical work done at school also helps you build your portfolio. The stronger your portfolio, the better your chances of landing your dream job!
Seamedu’s VFX and animation courses follow the rule of “learning by doing” so you know you get in the practical work you need.
Another thing you should focus on is the curriculum. What software will you be learning about? Does it have a flow? Will you have the chance to work in collaboration with other students? You want to be learning how to use the latest in VFX tech. Many VFX schools hire artists on a freelance basis to teach their students, resulting in a series of disjointed courses which can mean some important parts of your VFX education are overlooked. Having a well thought out and structured curriculum will mean all aspects of your education will be covered. The opportunity to work in collaboration with other students will give you a feel of how production lines work in the real world.
5. Speak to Students and Alumni
Get in the touch with the alumni or current students of the VFX and animation college you are considering (either in person or via social platforms). Find out how they really feel about the college, what their experience has been like and how they have fared after finishing their course. Any good VFX school will be more than happy to introduce you to their current students and alumni.
6. Field Trips, Internships and Placements
Networking is important. One way to build your contacts while you are still in school is through field visits to VFX and animation studios or guest lectures. Any VFX and animation school worth considering ensures their students get plenty of exposure to professionals in the industry through site visits and internships. Also, find out if the school offers placements, what their tie ups are and how many of their alumni are working in the field after graduating.
You can check out our comprehensive career guide to know more about the other aspects of a successful career in the field of VFX and Animation.
Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, offers VFX and Animation Courses that ensure you learn from some of the finest professionals in the industry. Our tie-ups ensure you visit some of the top studios in the country during your course, allowing you to get a feel of the real world while still studying.
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