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    Hey themegagod,

    I am an illustration senior at Ringling right now. I only know two of the GAD graduates from last year, but both did get jobs in the video game industry. To add to that; both of the graduating illustration students i knew last year who wanted to be concept artists got jobs. One in video games and the other in animation.

    I hope that helps. Good luck on your journey!
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    I do wish that the Ill major had more concept art class electives.
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    We do have a minor that includes 2 concept art classes. I think you will find that the important thing is learning to paint, draw and design. Which will easily fill 4 years. With those skills you can get into the concept art industry. And honestly part of Junior year and all Senior year you can really push your classwork to concept art. To make 'concept art' you don't really need a class named 'concept art'.
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    Hey guys. I'm a 4th year CA. I usually try to frequent these threads but am working on thesis this year so my visits might get a little sporadic but I'll try to hang around and answer questions (: Also, my entry portfolio is in the accepted portfolio thread posted above and my blog goes from freshman year to present. I've got lots of links to other ringling guys too. They're mostly CA or ILL, but there are others in there too, several now graduates as well.

    For GAD hiring, I don't know a whole lot, but the few GADs I do know that graduated all have jobs now. CAs did well this past year too. We've got guys at Dreamworks, Moonbot, Psyop, Disney, Pixar, Digital Domain, Sony, and plenty more places I'm sure just from this year.
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    I had a question for you CA ringling students yyates05 or Lizzybeth. If I became a CA major..would I be able to take any upper level illustration classes for electives?

    Lizzybeth: I believe you were the student who was in the financial office more often then not. I believe you worked too during one if not a few of the years at ringling...how much will you owe ringling after you graduate? I'm off to look at your portfolio you posted and what scholarship reward amount you received initially.

    yyates05! : Did you receive any scholarship initially?

    thanks thanks. Ryan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randarn View Post
    If I became a CA major..would I be able to take any upper level illustration classes for electives?

    Lizzybeth: I believe you were the student who was in the financial office more often then not. I believe you worked too during one if not a few of the years at ringling...how much will you owe ringling after you graduate? I'm off to look at your portfolio you posted and what scholarship reward amount you received initially.
    You can not take upper level illustration classes for electives. HOWEVER you can take illustration classes in general as electives if you meet the prerequisites for the course (have taken necessary previous courses) and if there is still room in the class after all the people within the major have enrolled. You will still need to get special approval from the instructor/department head. Plain elective courses you do not need special permission to enroll in if you meet the prerequisites. Examples of electives can be seen here. If you can find the time you can draw with illustrators outside of class at fews, portrait night, or go painting in groups.

    Randarn, you probably have me mistaken for somebody else. I don't go to financial aid often or actively seek scholarships now. The only work I've done since I've been here is a few hours a week on campus since sophomore year and my summer internship. Overall I've been pretty lucky with scholarships with need, merit, and staying in state. In total I've had nearly half of my school expenses covered by scholarships. I don't know the exact number right now but I am probably looking at somewhere around 90k of debt on graduation, give or take a few thousand (that's private loans + federal loans + interest). Like I said, I consider myself quite fortunate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randarn View Post
    I had a question for you CA ringling students yyates05 or Lizzybeth. If I became a CA major..would I be able to take any upper level illustration classes for electives?

    Lizzybeth: I believe you were the student who was in the financial office more often then not. I believe you worked too during one if not a few of the years at ringling...how much will you owe ringling after you graduate? I'm off to look at your portfolio you posted and what scholarship reward amount you received initially.

    thanks thanks. Ryan
    I think you're talking about me? I'm no expert on the subject of saving money, but I did work very hard to find ways to, so maybe it will help others.

    I've been very lucky with state grants myself (I'm a Florida resident so I get money to go to Florida schools). I did work while in school and paid off my loans every month (I had pay-by-month loans so I didn't worry about interest). I also came from a family that makes about 11,000 a year if that, so there's more scholarships as well. I went to financial aid maybe 3 or 4 times a month, and emailed at times. However, now it's more like once a month since I'm a senior and it's not as important. I owe a lot to the people there and really appreciate everything they've done for me. Going there and being noticed makes them remember you when it's time to hand out scholarships. Treat them with respect and smile , show them you want to be there, they will try to help you. Living off campus also really helps if you can. Be prepared to work extremely hard too, you need to have at least a 3.7 GPA most of the time.

    My junior year I took on a parent plus loan, I had to when tuition went up, it was 3,000 per semester. It wasn't planned but I stopped working as much that year (junior and senior year is almost impossible to work off campus). Over-all with Subsidized government loans and unsubsidized loans, I'll owe about 45,000 when I graduate. Try your best to stay away from private loans.

    Needless to say, again, I'm no expert, my methods might not work for others, but I Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by threecharles View Post
    We do have a minor that includes 2 concept art classes. I think you will find that the important thing is learning to paint, draw and design. Which will easily fill 4 years. With those skills you can get into the concept art industry. And honestly part of Junior year and all Senior year you can really push your classwork to concept art. To make 'concept art' you don't really need a class named 'concept art'.
    I heard they're discounting that minor cause of limited staff.
    I've already some what started using my illust classes as concept classes but they are very short projects instead of 1-2 large project with multiple pieces. I also just want to work on designing and getting ideas down then fully render a stand alone piece. hope you get what I'm saying.

    I think I'll have to stalk the Fin Aid office now. after paying rent there's no way for me to really pay for monthly tuition pay. I try to squeeze in commissions and contest work between school and my part time. I've definitely learned my lesson so during summer I'm just going to work and save to payoff school.
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    Damn 45k ain't too bad Copperfire, it must been hard to work to trim it down so much. I can only hope to get out of the school owing that much, at least I'm a Florida resident .
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    yeah copperfire, you're a beast. (:

    That brings up something to keep in mind too. Expect your tuition and other costs to slowly go up. Things go up with inflation and all that. Since I've been here tuition alone has probably gone up nearly $1500 per year on average. In 2008-09 full time tuition was $26,050, for the 2011-12 year it's $32,280. And that's not just some Ringling thing - it's happening across the board. When I applied to CalArts for the 08-09 year I was looking at around $32,000 something in tuition. Their website now says it's $37,684 for the 11-12 year. It sucks, but it is something that should be considered when planning out your finances.
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    I'm a definite hopeful. Emphasis on hopeful, but I'm currently a sophomore at a university in Texas so I'll be a transfer.

    With that said if there's anyone out there who can help me out with transfer questions I'd appreciate it!

    oh and super stoked btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cetriya View Post
    I heard they're discounting that minor cause of limited staff.
    I've already some what started using my illust classes as concept classes but they are very short projects instead of 1-2 large project with multiple pieces. I also just want to work on designing and getting ideas down then fully render a stand alone piece. hope you get what I'm saying.
    From what I have heard it won't be a 'minor' anymore, but the classes will be available still. I can't say much about what is happening to those classes, but they have been talking about changing the minor around or getting new instructors for it and things like that for the 3.5 years I have spent here. Yet, still it persists the same way.

    Best of Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copperfire View Post
    I think you're talking about me? I'm no expert on the subject of saving money, but I did work very hard to find ways to, so maybe it will help others.

    I've been very lucky with state grants myself (I'm a Florida resident so I get money to go to Florida schools). I did work while in school and paid off my loans every month (I had pay-by-month loans so I didn't worry about interest). I also came from a family that makes about 11,000 a year if that, so there's more scholarships as well. I went to financial aid maybe 3 or 4 times a month, and emailed at times. However, now it's more like once a month since I'm a senior and it's not as important. I owe a lot to the people there and really appreciate everything they've done for me. Going there and being noticed makes them remember you when it's time to hand out scholarships. Treat them with respect and smile , show them you want to be there, they will try to help you. Living off campus also really helps if you can. Be prepared to work extremely hard too, you need to have at least a 3.7 GPA most of the time.

    My junior year I took on a parent plus loan, I had to when tuition went up, it was 3,000 per semester. It wasn't planned but I stopped working as much that year (junior and senior year is almost impossible to work off campus). Over-all with Subsidized government loans and unsubsidized loans, I'll owe about 45,000 when I graduate. Try your best to stay away from private loans.

    Needless to say, again, I'm no expert, my methods might not work for others, but I Hope that helps
    Thank you for your response!

    Awkwardly, from being too much of a lurker of Ringlinger's I remembered who you were but couldn't remember what you went by on the forums! So! I pulled a quickie in hopes you would appear! [Flash forward] Omg! You appeared!! Aren't I awesome?

    Your posts of the years have helped my search for scholarship money grow enormously over the last two years.

    Ryan Z

    P.S. Oh! So this Kevin Bolk character...he IS hilarious!! I may just be reading through his website comic periodically until I'm caught up to the present. I actually laughed out loud for once..how he references concepts are too close to home that they are overly funny. I thought only I was crazy like that.

    P.S. #2 oh! Oh! [to copperfire] How are the extracurricular activities at Ringling? Living off campus, did you have time to attend many of them or play your fair share of sand volleyball pick up games between...well...everything? [open question to everyone as well]

    I like the ocean. That's where they keep the sand.
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