Why Computer Art

Our Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department combines the power of computer-generated images with active imaginations, great stories and highly skilled artists. The results are beyond impressive - they are breathtaking.

If you are interested in great animated films by Blue Sky, PIXAR/Disney, DreamWorks or photo-real visual effects by Sony Imageworks, this is the department where you belong. We teach the most advanced digital applications used in the film industry. Taught by more than 60 working professionals each semester, our students develop the personal and professional skills required to succeed as visual artists in a highly competitive, creative medium.

The "Reel Deal" ON RESUMES & REELS

Image Credit: Sang Lee & Zachary Lydon

Students looking for answers on the real deal on how to find a great job or internship were advised in a Special Topics Seminar. Featured guest speakers were: Iti Sakharet, a Creative Director at Deepend; Jen Fish and Anne Hubben, experienced recruiters in the Computer Graphics industry.

Here is their advice on how to put your best foot forward:

Pinpoint what you really like doing
  • Define what you want to do and target the companies for who you want to work

  • Identify and research specific companies

  • Apply for internships to gain market experience

  • Find out about emerging technologies and master them in order to gain a competitive edge

Networking Counts
  • Start establishing contacts within the industry

  • Go to industry events and network

  • Enjoy yourself and don't focus only on finding a job

  • Don't count on getting through to a Human Resources Department (they are usually swamped), so it is up to you to seek out the creative person in a company who will be able to view your work

Cover Letters
  • Always attach samples of work with a cover letter

  • Address your cover letter to the attention of the most appropriate person

  • Avoid using "To Whom It May Concern."

  • Always spell check your work to avoid typos

  • Don't copy a cover letter out of a book

  • Even if it is simply written, your own words are the best self-promotional tool

RESUMES

  • Keep the length of your resume to one page

  • Use a simple but consistent style for all of your portfolio materials

  • Send resumes as both a PDF and an MS Word file

  • Send your resume to a creative director in a company

  • Follow up in a few weeks by sending it to a senior designer; this type of persistence can work. If you don't get a response to your current resume, try changing it to see if you have more success

PORTFOLIO AND DEMO REEL

  • Your portfolio should be kept up to date and always growing with you

  • Use DVDs and a website to show your work

  • Your reel should be a 2-3 minute, well-edited overview of approximately 7 of your best projects

  • The reel can be sent on DVD or as a link from your portfolio or a service like Vimeo or YouTube

  • Include a wide range of your work

  • Don't just show finished pieces; show how you got from point A to point B

  • Give a log of what is on your reel

  • Listen to advice about your work

  • Bring your portfolio to the companies that interest you in order to get feedback

HAVE MORE THAN ONE DESIGN STYLE

  • Figure out if you prefer the freedom of not conforming to a house style or if you would rather tailor your work to fit within a particular company style

  • The studio Deepend, for example, does not have a house style. It designs brands for other companies

  • You may want to have two reels illustrating both purposes

INTERVIEWS

  • Be yourself during interviews

  • Don't try and force yourself to fit in a job that is not right for you. Ultimately, that won't work

DON'T GIVE UP!

  • Getting the right internship or job takes dedication

  • Stay creative and keep learning while you look for the right position

  • Be on time and excited about what you do

  • Practice so you are able to talk your way through your reel during your interview without even looking at it

  • You should know the material on your reel inside and out

  • Leave the interviewer with something as a memory trigger

  • Don't misrepresent your skills; it will be discovered if you don't have the skills you that need

KEEP THE FAITH

  • Don't take rejections personally. Sometimes it is because companies are afraid to take a leap of faith and does not reflect on you

  • Don't give up! If you get knocked down, get back up!