I've long been an admirer of the art on the forums, but I was planning on waiting for my first post until I had some solid pieces I wanted critiqued. The events in motion around me have inspired me to go ahead and create my account to ask for your two cents on my current situation and follow this up with becoming a more active member in the CA.org community.
I am currently a student at Georgia Southern University, a small school in...you guessed it....Southern Georgia! I'm incredibly passionate about art (to the degree of an addiction probably) and have been ever since I was little. The most important thing I have learned since attending GSU is that the art I am being taught is definitely not what I desire to learn.
Let me start from the beginning. I attended Georgia Southern for two main reasons:
1) I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, and didn't think art was a "possibility" during high-school.
2) Scholarships/opportunities. I have been very blessed to have received so much support and help from both the University and the faculty from various departments and colleges. Needless to say, I'm not paying a dime.
Now, onto the story that leads to the crux of the problem. About a month into my first semester, I realized that I wanted to do art. I just began my art classes Spring semester, which include drawing II and 2d Design (I exempted Drawing I with AP credit). Things may seem to be great, but I am beginning to realize that I have done most, if not all, of the assignments I am being given, and that my growth is minimal. Note that I am kept very busy by many eclectic activities, including core classes (university system) and extracuricullars. Although I'm seeing great success in all other areas of my college career, my art suffers. I can feel that I'm not learning much, and I want to change that. Nothing against the standards of GSU, but it is just a different style of art (very modernist/abstract). I read the FAQ (and I mean the entire thing) on choosing an art school, and I looked at this from all angles. Both the faculty and student examples of work are simply not what I imagine myself being at in three years.
So, to sum up my long wall of text, I have a few options and would like some advice:
1) I can stay at GSU and finish out my schooling, totally paid for, and get an education that offers me less than what I'm looking for. (this is currently what I'm doing, although I want to combine it with using both CA.org and any resources I can get from SCAD to help improve my growth).
2) I can begin branching out and looking at other schools. SCAD is an immediate answer, but I am worried that my "opportune moment" has passed to really get a good deal going there.
3) Do option 1, and then move on to graduate studying (which I am very interested in) at a very prestigious university on some fellowship. The good thing about GSU is that it is lining me up very well for these scholarships, but I have to make sure they don't distract me from what I need to focus on, my portfolio and experience in art.
So, with that VERY longwinded statement said, what would you do?