I'll get right to the chase, I'm in great need of help from experienced people such as you dear members of conceptart, for I am planning to transfer to a university after completing my GE classes.
I'm currently preparing in LACC, taking everything I need to transfer to UCLA's art dept, but I've been lurking for quite a while and I haven't acquired a positive image of my current choice. Most concrete threads are somewhat old (from 2008) and I was wondering if someone could tell me if it is really worth it to get a UCLA degree (as in, will I be decently prepared to make it my goal to get a career-related job soon plus graduating) or I'm just wasting my student-time.
My aspirations are to get a job at reputable animation studios (both 2D and 3D art) and/or be able to sculpt and produce collectible figurines, such as these:
I have seen several other choices such as Ringling and Otis, but due to financial, time, location and family restraints I cannot go much further than the Los Angeles area or seek expensively private or specialized institutions. I chose UCLA mostly because it's an overall reputable university, it's not as far away from were I'm currently living (will move if I transfer anywhere) and I have a solid transfer program for it in my current college.
Nevertheless, I know the members of C.A. have more experience and insight about the several institutions, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a better choice that trumps UCLA's program but is not more expensive than it (it is regretful but I basically have no financial support for school. My relatives help me with the rent, I apply for financial aid and hope for the best).
I guess in a nutshell I'd like to know, if UCLA is not great, which university has the best program out there without compromising my location or monetary conditions too much.
I sincerely thank you in advance for any help you can provide, if there is something that is not clear to you I'll do my best to explain my situation or my goals again.