I am thinking about art school in California. I graduated University from a UC (University of California) already in International Relations. My grades weren't all that great, and I think I doodled a bit too much in class.
I've been working for a couple years as a manager in international business and have some savings in the bank and also am interested in going back to school for a Graphic Design degree. I have just now begun that search. I won't have any parental support and I don't know how I could pay for the schools without Financial Aid. I want to keep my savings as much as possible, because that's basically start-up-life seed money for when I get out (a lesson learned hard the first time I graduated).
1. If I go to a school in the US, California specifically, what is the limit on what I can earn, in order to qualify for Financial Aid? (I am OK with loans, but would like the best terms possible and possibly any grants if theres any possibility.) The key point is that I need funding and I need to make sure that I don't earn "too much" next year that I can't get support.
2. Since I already graduated from a 4-year University, are there any limiting factors that I need to be aware of?
3. If I were to considered a universities program (as opposed to a purely vocational institution), does anyone know if its possible to get into an accelerated program that focuses on the major, rather than degree requirements. (I am not interested at all in doing General Ed Requirements, since I already have 1 degree).
4. Are there Graduate Degree programs that will consider someone with a BA who is switching emphasis from the non-art world to Graphic Design?
5. If I am ambitious and not just intending to work on my own projects and would like some intellectual education into the world of graphic art (re: on a management/controlling level), which schools or programs in California (or the West) are highly esteemed in the Graphic Art community from managerial perspectives?