A: TAD tuition has been as low as 22.5k for the full five semesters and there are a number of tuition packages available.
B: TAD offers interest free financing...ie ZERO percent interest.
C: TAD has on ground programs in Austin, Kansas City, and Richmond and does workshops twice per year.
D: Half of the entertainment 3rd (now 4th) semester 2d students are already working on major titles including the top MMO on earth right now.
E: The first three TAD graduates were restricted from participating in the Society of Illustrators annual student competition and so they entered into the professionals program, taking the Gold, Silver, and best of other category awards. The top advertising illustration awards in the business.
F: TAD has given more than 1 Million in scholarships so far to students of merit and many have attended for free, half or quarter rides. Some of the half ride winners paid up front to get the discount and got the full five semesters for 11,250.
G: TAD pays its faculty as they should be paid, not the offensively low salaries teachers get paid elsewhere. My mother was a teacher, so is my sister, and I see the world as one where teachers should be well paid.
H: Here are a list of the speakers coming to TAD (less than 50 of the 100 who are coming). Find me an art school with this level of commitment to student exposure.
TAD charges about 1/3 of what it costs to go to art school elsewhere in the US, when compared to the 130K tuitions at Ringling or even more at Art Center, which is also a 2.5 year program.
We have done all we can to lower the cost of education and improve quality...
Oh yeah..the list! Any one of these people can make entire careers.
JOHN STEVENSON: CO-DIRECTOR- KUNG FU PANDA
ALEXANDER SEROPIAN: FOUNDER- BUNGIE and WIDELOAD GAMES, FORMER PRESIDENT, DISNEY INTERACTIVE
JEFF BRAUN: FOUNDER OF MAXIS and FORMER PRESIDENT OF EA
CAREEN YAP:VP of LICENSING AND BIZ DEV - KONAMI
JAY DEE ALLEY: DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEV.- CAPCOM
KEITH BOESKY: PRESIDENT OF BOESKY AND COMPANY (also Mel Gibson's former agent, and the ex President of Eidos who launched Tomb Raider)
LORNE LANNING: CO-FOUNDER- ODDWORLD
SHERRY MCKENNA-CO-FOUNDER- ODDWORLD
MEGAN GAISER: CHIEF CREATIVE STRATEGY OFFICER-HER INTERACTIVE
HEATHER HAZEL: SENIOR PRODUCER- POPCAP GAMES
CHRIS AVELLONE: LEAD DESIGNER/OWNER- OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT
J.E. SAWYER: LEAD DESIGNER-OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT
STEVE BOKKES: LEAD DESIGNER- SONY ONLINE
JOSEPH OLIN-FORMER PRES. ACAD OF INTERACTIVE ARTS AND SCIENCES
BILL DUGGAN: AUTHOR- STRATEGIC INTUITION
JOSEE LALUMIERE: GM NEWBREED VFX (Transfomers)
MARIO WYNANDS: FOUNDER- SIDHE INTERACTIVE
MARSHALL VANDRUFF: EDUCATOR- THE ART DEPARTMENT
JEFFREY T. MAKOFF: SENIOR PARTNER- VALLE-MAKOFF LLP.
JEFFREY ROSE Esq. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY
ODED PALLED: CEO- ROCKET NINJA
MILES THOMPSON: MEDIA PUBLISHER
RAJESH RAO: CEO, DHRUVA INTERACTIVE
JASON DELLA ROCA-GAMES CONSULtANT=FORMER HEAD OF IGDA
SEAN KAUPINNEN- CEO, IDEA- GAMES INDUSTRY BIZ DEV GURU
TIM DONLEY: CREATIVE DIRECTOR- THQ/VIGIL GAMES
BRIAN REID: FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR-OSIRIS
JOHN SCHINDEHETTE: SENIOR ART DIRECTOR, WIZARDS OF THE COAST
This is just the initial list from the 100 people presenting, doing keynotes, giving talks, reviewing work, and participating in greenlight pitches. And this list is on top of the faculty list we have working daily too. More info here for those not in TAD (TAD students have this included in their tuition). https://www.facebook.com/pages/Green...98897506830896
I hope that answers some questions. We really are doing our best and we did this because we felt other schools were not only doing a poor job, but were far too expensive. We will continue to offer what we feel is the best possible education we can.
Thanks for all the points...and yes TAD does pay for CA and keeps this site open for you all.
Last edited by Jason Manley; February 14th, 2012 at 04:50 AM.
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