Melbourne digital and visual effects college CG Spectrum has just announced its 2017 scholarship entries, and this year is a cracker if you're a student keen on breaking into game dev or animation: there's $500,000 in placements up for grabs including internships with award-winning Aussie studio League of Geeks.
Three of the best students selected for scholarships in CG Spectrum's 2017 intake year will also be offered paid internship placements at League of Geeks, the award-winning Australian studio that made strategy game Armello. CG is also talking with local VFX studios to mirror that arrangement, similar to last year's scholarships to animation studio Iloura VFX.
CG Spectrum is an online college, with students and teachers collaborating on projects and files over the 'net rather than in person. CG says some of its students have already been offered paid internships by Luma Pictures, who worked on Dr Strange and a couple of the Captain America flicks, and Iloura, who have contributed to Game of Thrones and Kennedy Miller Mitchell's Mad Max: Fury Road.
The paid internships that are part of some of the scholarships are a bright mark in the VFX industry, where students and inexperienced animators and developers are regularly used as cheap or free disposable labour. CG head of school Jeff Pepper agrees: "There is a lot of abuse going on in the internship space at the moment, and we’re proud to partner with studios that actively go against that."
The merit-based scholarships are open now for applications until the 14th of December, with half of the places reserved for women and entrants from underrepresented positions, including rural areas — convenient, since the college's courses are conducted online. A further round of scholarships will open up in the second half of 2017. [CG Spectrum]