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How many years of animation should i have before going into a colleague

Hi im 14 years old and im wondering how many years should i have in animation before i enter a animation colleague. I ask this because im worried that because indont animate that well yet i might not get accepted :(

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Biko’s Answer

Most animation schools will have you take the basic course classes before you get into the animation part, such as Drawing, Color Theory, Painting and etc. I would got to a community college for 2 years and take all the basic art courses along with the basic such as Math and English. take as many art courses that your college has and can and then transfer to a Art College. but also check with the Art College and get their curriculum for their art program or major that you want to take and bring it with your counselor at the community college and check off which classes you have taken that match theirs and which ones you need to take in order to transfer. Its netter to take some of the beginning art classes at a community college because it is cheaper than paying lots of money at a Art College for the same classes. That way you can be ahead of take the other major courses that you need and can possible finish school quicker and graduate earlier and on time.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Sunrise,

I would say that there are two aspects to animation that you need to consider, the artistic element and the technical element. I do not think that there is a right amount of time that you should spend on animating, especially since some of the software you may not have access to. i would say that you should be involved in something creative. And I don't mean only drawing. Study something creative. I believe that photography and video creation are other visual arts that would help you hone your creativity in animation. How do you frame a scene to get the best picture? How does light play a part in a subject? How do you see the world differently than others do? I know some animators who themselves do not draw very well. But they understand the world around them, even human anatomy, that helps them create realistic virtual characters.

If you can start to use animation software, that is a plus, but it will not hinder you in college. Some of those classes start at the beginning because they are teaching you a specific process that they want you to use.

Gloria
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Henry’s Answer

Hello!

The best way to get better would be to just do more.

Set yourself lots of different little projects. You should carry a sketchbook for your ideas and to practice drawing.

One project could be in a flip book, another could use stop motion using modelling clay posable toys or Lego. Try out lots of different things.

There are lots of computer programs and Apps that will help you make animations. A lot of them have free trials so you can try them for free. Almost all modern animation will use a computer at some stage.

Beyond that a lot of the skill of animation is from really observing how things actually move. When you watch someone walk or a tree in the wind, try to really look how it moves.

If you can show them your sketches and some things you have done, they will hopefully get an idea of your energy and willingness to learn.

Best of luck

Henry recommends the following next steps:

Look at ‘how to stop motion ‘ videos on YouTube
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Joe’s Answer

Hi Sunrise,
Henry has given you some good advice above. I'm not an animator but when I go to my art class there are lots of animators who attend. So practise drawing as much as you can in your free time. I was also going to suggest using YouTube as a way of seeing lots of different types of animation. YouTube is a good source of information. Finally, don't worry about not being good enough, everyone has to start somewhere!
Just make sure you enjoy what you do - drawing, sketching, animation.
Good luck,
Joe
Thank you! Sunrise G.
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