Art School or Trade School?

Wednesday, 2 August, 1 - 2 pm
Room 156

Undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in visual effects and animation are taught in art schools, traditional universities, and specialized schools, all of which must wrestle with their goals for students. Are we following the model of trade schools and teaching specific technical skills that students need for entry-level digital production jobs at large studios, or are we training digital artists and filmmakers who will be creating their own works of art using new tools and technologies? Leaders in animation and visual effects education discuss this dichotomy and the relative benefits of each approach for job-seeking students.

Tad Leckman
Savannah College of Art and Design
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Larry Bafia
Vancouver Film School

Peter Bardazzi
New York University Center for Advanced Digital Applications

Tom Bertino
Academy of Art University

Pam Hogarth
Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Harry Mott
Otis College of Art and Design

Dug Ward
University of California, Los Angeles Animation Workshop

Peter Weishar
Savannah College of Art and Design