I've handed in my portfolio and done all other required steps to join MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) up to this point.
Anyways, I have to give the school $150 by May 1, but I'm not sure I want to go. I'm not going to find out what type of financial aid I will recieve until AFTER that point, and well, I have to pay for all of my college expenses (about $136,000 excluding aid).
I would want to get a painting degree, but I would be willing to do illustration if it better suited me (I'm an oilpainter/watercolorer/photoshoper).
Anyways, I have a few important questions about the school, and I haven't really gotten any straight answers out of the faculty.
Is it too abstract art focused? Will they allow me to do classical or fantasyish paintings for most of my assignments? I don't mind abstract, but I don't plan on doing it for a living, therefore I don't want to spend much time on it.
Is the housing cost (and other things like books, etc) covered by student loans? I just read that you need to make housing payments each semester, which makes me think I will have to fork over cash for this. I don't have $20k lying around, so that would make going there an impossibility.
Is the school any good? When I look at the student work it all seems kinda crappy. 95% of it is abstract, which makes me think that I won't be able to focus on what I love.
I guess what I'd want is a school that assigns open projects, which I can work on in any way that I please. I don't NEED an art school, I already have an excellent handle on the mediums that I care about, and would be using the school for resources, motivation, and a good experience (It's college, one of the best experiences a person can have).
I'm gonna cut this short and just say, if anybody can answer these questions, and maybe tell me what the school is like I'd appreciate it GREATLY.