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    Hi all,

    I'm new to this forum, but it's already been such a great help with all the info. I'm looking to study in NZ next year, but I'm not sure which passion to go for (story of my life). The two options are early childhood development and the other is animation. I'm not sure which one will serve me better in the long run in NZ.... any ideas?

    My other problem is all the monies that are necessary to proof that I'll leave, and that I have enough to live on etc etc etc. i'm going to be working while I'm studying, and I believe that that should count for something? at least for the living costs... any one have any ideas on this?

    I'm so scared, yet so excited all at once . All I know is that if I one day wish to have a family, and live without total fear and with a little more faith in human nature, I need to get out of South Africa ASAP!!!

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    Hi and welcome

    I am currently reading The Element from Ken Robinson which I higly recommend. I am in mid 30s and I have the same problem in advanced stage - I am not satisfied with the job I have but don't actually know what to do. I suggest that you think thoroughly before choosing any option. Just go there where your heart is!

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    Hi Lilol

    You really need to identify which of the two 'passions' would allow you to go on to apply for residency once you have completed your studies. Have you read through the review of the skills in demand yet? If you can find out which of the 2 skills is most needed, it will give you some indication of which way to go if you want to remain in NZ.
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    Hi Steinbock and Salam Mother Bear,

    I did a lot of looking up, thought i'd use the skills shortages lists for a tie breaker, but both skills are on the list... not helpful eh! so I'm thinking i'm going to go with the one in which I see myself still carrying on in years to come. The 3D animation.

    The funding is still a worry tho. My mom was just retrenched... so now its a really big concern... It just makes me want to get out even more, the whole world's reces should start ending towards the end of October... SA can expect it to start ending 3 - 4 months after the rest of the world I found a college with really great rates for international students... but it seems that I might have to have perm residence to apply. *sigh*

    Thanks for all the help... it really is great to get this off my chest.

    Lilol

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    As a tie-breaker, it might be an idea to check out how many jobs are available in both job titles and go for the one that appears to give you the best chance of finding a job after your studies end. 3D animation sounds fascinating and is something I would have liked to have a go at if I had my time over again.
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    Hi,

    I wud also suggest you to consider 3D animation since m doin d same. I study @ natcoll which is really grt..It depends on u which Location u chose for...

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    For 3D you have a few choices; the more established ones are Media Design School in Auckland, AUT in Auckland, and SIT in Invercargill. SIT is zero-fees for permanent residents/citizens/Australians, 15k for an overseas student (3 year bachelor's degree). The other two you're probably looking at around 15k for a permanent resident/citizen, God knows how much for an overseas student but possibly a lot.

    Media Design and SIT are also the only schools in the country (and 2 of only 20 worldwide) who offer training in Massive. They also offer other more advanced industry applications like RealFlow, Mudbox, and Syflex. Dunno about AUT but they'd probably offer similar (though no Massive). Also, 3D courses in NZ primarily focus on Maya.

    You also have small private specialist establishments that charge you a lot of money and would lack the 'student' vibe of the larger places. Lifeway College north of Auckland for instance, but it's a private Christian establishment and probably not a lot of fun.

    As a rule, avoid any other major university, their courses are often not practical, tend to be run by noobs, and won't get you a job. I've seen some of what they produce and it's usually crap.
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