September 15th, 2009,09:25 AM
I'm not the best person to be answering this question, so hopefully my post will bump this is to give someone a chance to answer it a little better.
1) What I have seen and read about fxPHD.com is great things about the program. I have also seen many great reels come out of it, so for the money, I would say go for it one term, and if you didn't like it. You don't have to do another one.
2) As I have read on numerous sites, you don't want to limit your program skills, you never want to be a master at one certain program, rather, know enough of each program to get by. I.E., Nuke, Shake, AE, PS, Maya, Ryno, etc.
3) Imo, FX Artist, makes things look pretty, explosions, tornadoes, etc. and you don't have to know how to code to do that. I'm not sure about FX TD, i think they are the base of the FX artist. don't quote me on that tho.
Hope my answer is in the ball park, and maybe I answered a few questions.
Currently a student at Purdue University studying Computer Graphics. I would love to do Visual Effects, so that's why I came here.