Hi, I was accepted into Ringling's Computer Animation Major for Fall 2008. Due to a slew of personal issues from familial to financial, I was not able to attend this year.
I was bummed out for a couple of days, but...doing so doesn't solve anything. So, I started thinking about my options. Right now they are either go to a state school (free) for four years and major in architecture, or go to my local community college for two years (also free) and get an associates in animation.
I would do my associates in animation, but...I'm not sure if I'll have enough credit of my own to take out a loan for Ringling by my lonesome for four years in just two years. I will have learned my way through maya and adobe packages, so that definitely helps for my future endeavors in Ringling and beyond. Ringling also holds application for two years, so I don't have to go through all the hustle and bustle again (not really an issue, but...just sayin'.
If I go for my four years in architecture, I know I'll have enough credit history for my four years at Ringling and I'll have some knowledge in architecture which will also aid me in my future endeavors. I won't be able to go to Ringling as early as I would like, and I won't know as much maya as i would have liked, but...I'll have a bachelors and credit.
Also...if I keep doing my art (which I will), I might be able to apply for a few internships at companies like EA or something, since all they require is that I'm working towards a bachelor's degree, nothing about a degree in animation or illustration Oh, and not to mention I'll get two shots at a Pixar intership as a junior in my state school and junior in Ringling.
Oh, here's student works from the community college: http://www.mdc.edu/sedt/camainport.html
Also, my state university does not have animation, that's why I chose architecture, plus...I might be able to work with some 3d design apps (I think that's only for a masters though...). Thanks for any feedback.