Patrick Horan

“I chose the 3D Game Animation program from hearing about it while at work from 2 former students. After taking a tour of the school I realized it was where I wanted to go.

My favorite part of the program was the hands on approach from the teachers, working after hours and doing night classes to make us the best that we can be.

My career path started when I was accepted into the Gagetown internship program, not wanted to move away just yet I applied to studios in Halifax. The main reason I got into DHX media was from a meet and greet that was held with members from DHX at the school. The impression I made that night got me in the door when I applied. Currently I am an Animator at DHX media.

The program prepared me for my current job in that I learned how to do everything within the pipeline of an animation production, I know a bit of everything and would feel confident helping out in any position in the studio. The most important thing I learned was how to self teach and self motivate myself to work and improve my skill set.

What I like about the industry is I come to work everyday, dressed how ever I want, sit down at my desk which is covered in toys and posters, take my shoes off and get to be creative all day. As well, I work with an amazing team where everyone is passionate about what they love to do, its a very positive environment and easily the best work environment I’ve ever experienced.

The one thing I would tell future students is, it comes down to how much you put in. You get out what you put into it, working hard, making connections with your teachers and graduates is what will get you into the industry. Technical skills are important, but no one wants to be around someone who’s hard to work with, attitude goes the extra distance that your work (being new to the industry) does not.

Patrick Horan, 3D Animation Alumni

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