Current Studio and Job Title
Nelvana - Corus Entertainment, Technical Director

What education did you have before you took the 3D Animation course?

Prior to my acceptance into Seneca's 3D Animation program, I had two years of Visual/Fine Arts College background with a preference towards sculpting.

Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.

It's very difficult to find unbiased information when deciding between the colleges you want to attend, you want to get the most out of such an important decision. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the majority of my instructors are working professionals in the industry, the facility is regularly updated with the latest equipment and provides students with all the resources they require, to make the most of their education.I was never put into a situation where I was denied a request for more creative freedom, even if it was outside the program outline and the faculty did all they could to provide any additional opportunities for the students; such as bringing in prospective employers to lecture and offer students a unique opportunity for Q&A sessions, directly with those employers.

How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?

Between the knowledge I amassed from the 3D Animation and Seneca's Summer Institute programs, I gained valuable insight on how the industry operates and where you need to develop to be successful. The most important thing I took away from my education into my professional life was, learning how to work quickly and efficiently in professional environments that operate on seemingly impossible deadlines.

What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?

Although the program focuses heavily on the fundamentals, it can only provide you with enough knowledge to build a starting foundation for your professional career. Being accepted into a post-graduation program such as this, allows you an opportunity to receive mentoring, critical feedback and honest opinions from industry professionals on what your career prospects are upon graduation.  It's up to you, as a student, to use that information the best you can, to compete with working professionals in the industry and make the most of your final year.

If there's anything students should take away from this, it's the fact that graduation does not result in a guaranteed employment opportunity.
The industry is far too saturated, to allow new graduates an opportunity to compete with professionals, you have to create an outlet for yourself that allows you to stand out and get noticed.
Your priority, by the end of this course, should not be doing enough to graduate, it should be to doing enough to find employment.