I am going to be graduating with my BA in "Art Studio" from a regular state university in may. I have always pulled top grades, but I am very aware that my education in the arts and particularly illustration, is lacking in comparison to those students who went to "real" art school.
So, I want to continue my education and hopefully earn my MFA in illustration- with my emphasis being children's book illustration. I have been eyeballing the Academy of Art's illustration program for years, but I get the impression here that this program is somewhat looked down upon? I am curious if anyone here has had a positive experience with this program, particularly the MFA? I have seen some excellent work come out of this program but I also keep hearing that students feel like they are just a number?
Also, I am signed up for Bobby Chui's imaginism class starting in January, and I am sure you all know that it is an online course. Depending on how well I learn through this format- I am considering (if I go to AAU) taking a course or two online- has anyone here taken a studio course online before? I understand that one of the true benefits of going to graduate school is the ability to make connections with people- but to be able to take say, my first semester online, allowing me to work and save before I make the big move to the bay, could really be beneficial. Thoughts?
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to me!