I, myself, am a graphic designer. But I didn't come here to talk about me. I'm 41 years old, and other than a master's degree 'someday', I'm done with college.
My oldest son will be starting college Fall '06, and he wants to go into Industrial Design (cinema, product, toy, that sort of thing). Man! I never thought a good industrial design program would so friggin' hard to find! This is what we've narrowed our choices down to;
- Art Institute of Orange County; one of very few that actually seems to offer a bachelor's program.
- Academy of Art (San Francisco); looks good, but he's concerned about the whole 'urban setting' thing. He's grown in the Seattle area, and has been attending private schools since he was 11 or 12. He much prefers a smaller, 'intimate' atmosphere.
- Art Center College of Design; I'm originally from L.A. (attended Woodbury Univ. for my BS in graphic design), so I know all about this school's rep. BUT, as anyone here knows...$$$$$$$!!! Plus, as a high school grad, his portfolio leaves much to be desired at this point.
- Otis College of Design; familiar with it, but don't know much about it.
- California College of the Arts; don't know much about it, but it does offer a BS in industrial design.
Right now, our best plan seems to be to start him at the Art Institute in Seattle (where they offer an associate's degree), and then transfer to AIOC after the 3rd quarter. Or, finish the associate's program at AIS, and then apply to Art Center. (I don't even want to think of what happens to my retirement after that).
Anyone know anything about these schools, or have other suggestions? He really does not want to travel all the to the East Coast, so please don't recommend RIT or something like that. We've already looked into several out that way, and he's said he doesn't want to go that far from home.