Deciding where you want to begin your studies is an incredibly important and often overwhelming decision to make.
Choosing the right school can lead to amazing opportunities and an education that will be a stepping stone for the rest of your life. Choosing the wrong school can derail careers and even deter you from studying further.
Sifting through the different education options can be an extremely daunting task. TAFE or university? Diploma or bachelor? Online or on a campus? Interstate or local?
With so many options available to us, it is easy to lose sight of what is really important. What will work for me?
If you are interested in becoming a 3D artist, here are seven reasons to study at CG Spectrum.
Small Class Sizes
In 2014, a research study completed by the Australian Education Union suggested that students learn best when taught in smaller class sizes. Small classes give students more access to teachers, allow teachers to tailor the course structure to suit the student needs, allows more time for instruction and makes students feel more comfortable while learning.
Being comfortable in the classroom often leads to opportunities to interact with your peers and teachers, allowing you to extend your professional network while studying.
That's why we keep our class sizes to 10 students or less.
Get Taught by Industry Professionals
We are determined to see our graduates become the most talented artists in the industry here at CG Spectrum. We want to make sure that when you graduate, you are in the best possible position to a find a job relative to the skills you've learned.
By enlisting the help of the most talented industry professionals in the world, we give you the best chance to make this a possibility.
Do you want to work with teachers who are currently working in the digital art industry?
Our teachers (or Mentors) are required to be working on either feature films or triple-A video games. They are up to date with current technology and techniques, are familiar with industry and studio standards and can even help students expand their professional network while studying.
Study From the Comfort of Your Own Home
Being able to study from the comfort of your own home allows students to find a work/life/study balance that suits them.
It also allows students living in rural areas of the country and students who may not be able to attend brick and mortar campuses to gain access to our world class courses.
We believe education is for everyone, no matter their location.
Specialise in Your Craft
At CG Spectrum, we understand that everyone is unique. Everyone has their own strengths and everyone has their own interests.
That's why we have tailored our course options for our students.
Beginners will gain a broad understanding of the film and game art industry during their time completing the Foundations of VFX & Game Design Diploma. This is a great opportunity to get a taste of all the skills required in the industry and to find where your strengths lie.
Do you want to get into the film or video game art industry but aren't sure what position is right for you? The diploma is the perfect place to start.
If you know what area of study you'd like to pursue, students can choose to enrol in one of the Advanced Diplomas of Screen and Media. The Advanced Diplomas allow students to specialise in one of the five main areas of film and video game art; Concept Design, 3D Modelling, Animation, Visual Effects and Compositing.
Do you know what direction you want to follow and feel you are ready to take the next step? The advanced diplomas are exactly what you're looking for.
Career Focused Learning
Our major focus here at CG Spectrum is to create graduates that are fully prepared to enter the industry and contribute immediately. We want our students to get jobs. Period
To help our students achieve this level of skill, we give them all the tools they need and place them in our curriculum built to give them a feel for what it will be like in a professional studio.
- Access to studio standard software.
- Professional standards and deadlines.
- Mentors who are part of the industry.
- 1-on-1 folio creation periods.
When you graduate from CG Spectrum you are ready to contribute to the industry.
Situated in the Heart of the Industry
Although our students can study from the comfort of their own homes, the door to our Melbourne office is always open. And that door happens to be the door of The Arcade, Australia's first collaborative work space created specifically for game developers and creative companies using game methodologies and technologies.
This means we are always the first to know about developments in the local industry, have the ear of some of the brightest minds in the industry and understand what studios in Australia are really looking for.
We encourage all of our students to come to The Arcade and introduce themselves to our friendly staff and also to get an insight into what the industry is really like in Australia.
Never Just a Number
CG Spectrum was founded with the aim of giving students the opportunity to learn from the best artists in the business so that they might leave their mark on the digital arts industry.
We see each of our students as individuals with goals and dreams, not just a number lost in the shuffle. We provide constant feedback and support which gives them a competitive edge to succeed in an ever changing industry.
We have created free animation rigs with the intention of teaching and inspiring. Alongside Illoura VFX, we have put together $1 million worth of scholarships and internships to help the local industry thrive. We were the major sponsor of Australia's first LGBTQ video game and pop culture convention, GaymerX. And we offer our students 1-on-1 mentoring during their portfolio period.
Our students are never just numbers. They are the future of an industry we love.