gartter said: Hi there! I was pointed in your direction by tumblr user Troize. I'm a junior looking into artschools (living in the US) and I was wondering if you might give some knowledge on art schools in Canada? I'm just toying with the idea at the moment, but i don't at all know where to start and being that you're a resident, i figured you might be able to help me? If you are unable to or cant be bothered (which i completely understand), send a smiley face or something so i know tumblr didn't eat this.
Hello! :D Brace yourself for a looong answer I have much to say XD
Most of my personal experience when it comes to art schools is just limited to Ontario, so I’ll have to base my answer around that. The major art schools that I know about are OCAD, Sheridan, Seneca and Max the Mutt College of Animation. My general impression is this:
OCAD: In the heart of Toronto, really great location. My friends who have gone here told me that there is lots of freedom with art but also essays(bullshit) and one of them felt it was a snobbish atmosphere.
Sheridan: Probably the most renowned animation school in Canada, though they implemented a really stupid Master’s Degree policy for their faculty so apparently that meant many of their great teachers were let go. I’ve heard it’s on more of an upslide now though, so probably worth checking out, especially if you’re into animation.
Seneca: This is not an art-specific college but it actually gave me a better impression than when I went to Sheridan. Their faculty was super lovely and the student art was quite good the year that I went.
MtM: I Just finished my third year here and despite the horrific choice of name this is a pretty intense school with a decently high standard that is intended for serious students. A couple of blemishes but I do not regret choosing this school at all :D
You mentioned you don’t know where to start so lemme try to give you my best suggestions:
I think first off, you should think about how much you want to specialize. I chose to go to a private art school with the four year program ‘Concept Art for Animation and Video Games’, which is a very specific course. I chose this only because I was highly certain it was exactly what I wanted to do. Other schools (including Seneca and Sheridan last I checked) provide introductory courses for teaching students with little to no technical experience the basics, and that can be a good start to know if the arts are for you.
Secondly, once you’ve found a program I recommend researching the faculty who will be teaching you. Find their portfolios and see which places they’ve worked. It can make a huge difference just having confidence that these instructors are experienced with the kind of art you want to make, and it was a big reason why I chose the program I’m currently in.
Lastly, don’t stress yourself out about the entrance portfolio. The only reason I’ve heard of people being turned down from art schools is because they were rude, not because their portfolio wasn’t good enough. So I’d say that’s not much to worry about :)
Okay gonna stop here cause I will just keep talking forever :D I hope this helped, if there’s anything else or something I wasn’t clear on feel free to ask ^_^