I am currently a sophomore at a liberal arts university and intend on transferring to an art school this fall. I have been accepted by SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).
These are the merit scholarships I have received:
RISD: don't know yet
(Note- financing school is a big problem for me)
I am not so interested in consumerist design or animation; I am looking for a good painting photography department(I plan on setting up a studio after I graduate). However, I also need a good art history department.
So...I need help. I don't know where I am going. I need comments from students who have gone to these schools or know enough about them. I am having a 'reputation' dilemma. Does it really matter a school's reputation if it's what you make of it? or does the school (meaning faculty, etc.) that much better at a more 'distinguised' school?
I am leaning towards SCAD, because I can afford it and Savannah is gorgeous. But in Chicago or RI I will have more connections and opportunity.