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 Post subject: Deciding on MDS or Yoobee (Natcoll)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:27 am 

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Hi everyone!

I'm planning to study in new zealand soon and I can't seem to decide on which school would be best for me.
I'm aiming for the game arts in both schools but the NZQF level 7 confuses me.
How would I know if I am qualified for the Level 7 courses?

I have some skills in 3D but not so much in 2D but I plan to improve before I apply for the schools.

Can anyone elaborate if the courses from MDS (Game Arts) or Yoobee (advanced 3D graphics / Game Art) includes
Basic to advanced digital sculpting?


 Post subject: Re: Deciding on MDS or Yoobee (Natcoll)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:54 pm 
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Don't know much about the games course at MDS, but I'm sure you'll do some advanced sculpting. Mike Porter is Program Leader for the Game Art course - here's a page with a few sculpts of his: ... l-nationz/
He's a really good artist, and he'll be able to help you with sculpting.

A 3 year bachelor's degree course will run kind of like this:
- Year 1: Level 5. Usually foundation stuff, applying what you've learnt mostly to similar things you've been taught.
- Year 2: Level 6. Learning higher level stuff, and generating your own solutions to some new concepts.
- Year 3: Level 7. Solving some complex problems, thinking outside the box, includes research.

That's the process... the quality depends on the school and the students. :wink:

To get onto the course, you just need a good art portfolio. Show you've got an eye for detail. 'Admissions' will have more info for you!


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 Post subject: Deciding on MDS or Yoobee (Natcoll)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:31 am 
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Hey there, if you would like to know about the Advanced 3D Graphics course I could elaborate for you.

This course is built up around students building on their strengths and developing a demo-reel at the end of the year.

Still Life Project
Research Project
Demo-reel Development

Basically the entire year students get to develop and specialize within in production. If you have any questions feel free to IM me. Again what Worzel said depending on your portfolio/demo-reel will determine what level you can cross into. Do you have a portfolio ?

This years class at Yoobee Advanced Diploma in 3D Graphics (A3D) were primarily animators/modellers who specialized in digital sculpting.

Some students who are currently in 2014 A3D class here is one of my students work
and another modeller
and another

This course really tries to take into account gaming possibilities. Students go on several studio tours throughout the year and have industry workshops and the reason why these students have portfolio's already is because they have been given the opportunity to apply for internships with local studios.


"The art challenges the technology and the technology inspires the art"
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