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How many of you guys went to school, and how many did everything by yourself? Even if it is virtually free?

I'm about to go to a EU school featured on therookies.co, it was featured twice as best/top 5 in several categories.
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I went to university, learned literally nothing, went to a random illegal class in a backwood village and learned every stage of asset production.

Life uhh finds a way.
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>>695533
what the fuck
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>>695531
I went to school, the teachers are useless and school computers are junk but being around other students taught me a lot, everyone was trying to one up each other and compete for awards. State school so tuition was cheap. Almost everything you learn from cgpeers, school is just a motivation to get good. Also helps to have dedicated time "im going to work on school stuff all day" instead of worrying about working or money or real life interrupting you constantly.
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I went to a college and took a "digital media" course that taught a little bit of everything but nothing in depth. Learned Maya, Adobe suite, matchmover and motionbuilder, Vue xstream (never hear anyone talk about this program) and a few random classes about drawing the human figure and creating narratives. The info I received was honestly outdated even as I learned it, but in less than a year I went from knowing nothing about 3d to knowing how to make an entire animated short by myself, right down to every smallest aspect, as well as learning a bunch of other random video editing and graphic design stuff.

I don't know enough to get a job in the industry but I think I wouldn't want that anymore. Personal projects are more appealing to me now. I have no student debt so I can't really complain.
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I went to university for an ayymanities degree, but did art-related things on my free time meanwhile, and after coming off academia, ended up doubling-down on 3D.
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>>695565
do you mean finance? for what do you need finance in 3D?
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>>695531

I went to one that tried to sue you if you said anything bad about it. Total shite. The tutor always wanted everything in one mesh even "environments" and we weren't allowed to use the editable poly modifier in Max we had to use editable mesh. Loads of crazy stories from that place. It put me off 3d and cg for over a decade. Only recently got back into it.
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>>695573
Name it, faggot. Spare others the pain.
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>>695578
Me, being OP, also wants to know
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>>695531
I'm taking a $20,000 online college course right now. Worst purchase of my life. Don't bother. I could learn more in a $12 course from Udemy
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>>695578

Now I wont. You will know when you get there heh ha ha ha.
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>>695549
Good advice! I've just signed up for cgpeers but the verification mail isn't showing up :/. Is it because it's not the 15th?
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>>695597
Name and shame. You know you want to do it.
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>>695597

The FlipNormals guys talk about this.

It's why Colin's Bear Animation was made, that was the result of a very expensive animation course.
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>>695531
>went to school, and how many did everything by yourself?
You have to do both. You go to a well known school (so you can make contacts, you teach yourself (before, during, and after) so that you get a leg up over the other students and because the course work is most likely the bare minimum for competency

Is Gnomon still the top dog school, followed by Full Sail? Mind you by "top" I mean "has the largest network of former students, teachers, and most likely to get you the contacts you need to land a job"

>>695571
He means humanities, ESL-kun. I bet he wishes he had a finance degree, he'd have a huge leg up on the business side of starting his own studio
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>>695538
Life in the Balkans is wild. Honestly, if you want anything done you have to break the law.
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>>695549
Got any recommendations on cgpeers?
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>>695697

Contacts is a meme as far as I'm concerned. The group projects fizzle out because everyone wants to be the director and do their own thing. Nobody speaks after college anyway. The only good thing is studios might visit the place if it has a big campus. That's how I got some work experience at the time but I could have gone to any convention to get that. The recruiter flat out said we don't give a fuck about where you went or degrees. Big emphasis of being able to start immediately with no training required.

>>695699

Depends what you want.
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>>695708
I'm now unironically doing a blender tutorial from cgpeers. I'm not the person who asked though.
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>>695699
I recommend vaughan ling and cgcookie if you are noob. Rohan Dalvi and Entagma are great at understanding houdini. Udemy and Lynda are good. Digital tutors is bad. Dont just watch the video do the work side by side. Baka-mplayer is my preferred tutorial watching video player.
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>>695597
$20,000 online course
What the fuck?
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>>695771
yeah it's distant e-learning at an actual college so I get a piece of paper or whatever at the end. Figured it would help me land a job
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>>695775
You kinda screwed up but at least it's not $120k.
Does it have a thing where you communicate (in some way) with other students and teachers?
Good online learning stuff does this, where there's essentially a tiny forum or mailing list or something where everyone communicates.
Try to find out who the students and professors are that are better than you, and make friends with them; try to learn as much as you can from them.
Do way more than just the base course work, do as much as you can on the side as well.

The only thing you're really getting from a paid course is the human element, so you need to do everything you can to get the most out of that.
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>>695783
The classes are a live seminar kinda like skype, and my classmates and I are all good friends through the Discord server we made. I'm too busy crunching down on assignments that I can't even take the time to learn how to do things properly. The teachers and classmates are super helpful though fortunately. Once it's over I plan to *actually* learn how to do 3d
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I was introduced to 3D when /3/ first came out however many years ago. I started learning everything on my own and here I am doing freelancing as a 3D environment artist for games.

I learned from the pros on Polycount that school wasn't necessary so I just stuck it out on my own.

I feel like most schools are underdeveloped but they're definitely getting better. Problem is the industry moves so fast... so you know.



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