My name is Erica Pitt and I'm an Animator currently in London, England.
This blog is my online portfolio of Animation Work.
Hello! Do you mind if I ask a few questions? You don't seem to be very active on this blog, but this post was made fairly recently so I figured it was now or never!I'm mostly interested in your education, if that's not too personal! How was Sheridan? I've been planning on applying to the same program in a year or two and was curious about what gives it its reputation. Granted, for you it was five or so years ago, so I don't know how much you remember, but was it worth the money? Was it tough? Challenging? Boring? Do you feel that getting a job in the industry was made excedingly easier because you had Sheridan on your resume instead of some other college? I'm not sure when you'll see this, but thank you for your time!
Hey,This blog is only for my demo reels and resumes so I don't post new updates to it until I've revamped one or both of those things. I use it to email to companies when I'm applying for work. I'm sure they don't want to sift through a million posts looking for my demo reel.As for Sheridan hmmm......well the school does have a good reputation, and it does a good job of bringing together a group of really fantastically talented students...That being said, I think I learned more from my other students than I did some of the teachers there.I was the first class through the new 4 year Bachelor degree program after they switched it from a 3 year diploma program.I had some good teachers and some other teachers who were completely useless....so in that respect, it didn't seem worth the money. I'm still paying off my student loan 5 years later...The course was tough...way more intensive than actually working in the industry, but I think they do that on purpose to try and weed out students who don't want to work hard. But be prepared for a few all-nighters, and learn to multi task well since you will often have multiple assignments due during the same weeks and will need to find the time to get everything done.Sometimes it was boring but it was because sometimes the teachers didn't seem to be trying very hard with giving us interesting assignments. I think they have changed the curriculum since I graduated in 2007 and I've heard from a few students who were there more recently that they had an influx of better teachers, and even got one of the really useless storyboarding teachers fired, so I assume the school is much better than when I was there. One of the really great things about Sheridan is the Industry day at the end of the 4 years. They invite industry reps from all over Canada and the USA to come and view your grad films, and you get to mingle with them afterwards. They next day interviews are set up for you with all the companies that are interested in talking to you.I was hired this way by Studio B in Vancouver so it worked out well for me.I don't think just having it on my resume helped me get hired anywhere though. Industry Day helped me get a job, and only because I had good work to back me up. If you do good work while you're there, have a good demo reel and a good film then the school doesn't matter. There were a lot of people I graduated with who didn't work hard, and didn't bother to push themselves or learn anything while in school...and didn't get jobs after graduating. So having Sheridan on their resume didn't do anything for them since they had nothing good to show for their time there.I would probably talk to someone who graduated from there more recently and ask about their experiences there since it's probably changed quite a lot since I was there. If the school was exactly the same as when I went there, I wouldn't recommend it at all, but based on a few things I've heard from people who graduated more recently, I think they've fixed a lot of the problems and is probably worth it now.My student loan was at about 32,000 dollars though when I graduated, so its definitely an investment and takes awhile to pay back.
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