So I've browsed around for information regarding art schools in the past, and now that I have a pretty big question to face, I figured this would be one of the best places to get some serious and helpful input.
So here's the case. I'm currently a second year art student at the University of Georgia. I have a few scholarships and pay very little to attend, which is great. However, I've recently come to the realization that I don't think being a Drawing & Painting major here will get me where I want to go, skill or career wise. I want to be an illustrator and hope to work for a big name studio one day as a concept artist, i.e. Pixar, Dreamworks, Universal, etc.. I know that can be a long road, but I'm more than willing to work to get there. Frankly, I've never been very impressed with the quality of work coming out of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It's well known for its graphic design and printmaking programs, but I'm not doing either of those, so yeah. I've noticed that student work tends to lean more towards abstract, definitely not my interest. And since UGA isn't just an art school, I've encountered very few people take art as seriously as I do- Georgia is a pretty big party school, and only the grad students are in the school studios as often as I. I am talented in drawing, but studio classes here haven't posed a single bit of challenge, so I'm pretty much where I was two years ago (I know that this is in part my fault, but being surrounded by actual competition is a pretty big drive to improve, but here, I can't say I have much). I don't feel like I have or will experience much growth as an artist here.
You may ask why I did not just start out at an art school- one, money; and two, I started out as a biology major. I changed my major about three times in the first year, but I have decided on becoming an illustrator.
So right now I'm pretty sure I'm not on the right path to get me where I want to go. The scholarships are great, and its practically a free ride-I'd graduate with no debt. But if I'm not building towards my goal like I'd like to, finishing the next two years here might not be in my best interest. Upside, I have a lot of foundation courses out of the way that would most likely transfer (like sciences, maths, and literature-studio classes are another case altogether). Now I'm considering to transfer to an art school. My main concerns are cost, quality of illustration programs, and success of students after graduating (placement into big studios). My current schools of interest are SCAD, SVA, and CalArts. My parents live about 45mins from SCAD Atlanta, so the big draw there is that I would be able to commute. But I'm pretty sure most of my studio class credits would not transfer. For SVA, I have family in Queens, so commuting there would also be a possibility. It seems like CalArts has a solid illustration program, and from their website, it seems like most of my credits including those for studios would transfer.
I know that if I scour the internet long enough and apply to enough, I can get a decent bit of help from outside scholarships.
I would appreciate any and all advice on what choice I should make here, especially on quality of programs and what might work best for my situation. Thanks in advance!