I'm in a pretty disastrous situation. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
For most of high school, I wanted to do journalism. I took AP classes, had decent grades, but around the middle of my senior year I had a change of heart. I wanted to go into game design, but I wasn't sure about the specifics. I had taken art classes, and the digital art courses my school offered to their limit. I had enough time to talk to my parents about it (fortunately, they were supportive), and looked up a few schools like the School of Visual Arts. This was in 2003, and many schools were pretty hazy about exactly their 'digital media' programs entailed.
I would've killed to go to the School of Visual Arts, but my parents even still have this irrational paranoia about NYC. In the meantime, they pushed me to go to a community college for Graphic Design first. I went, my art skills flourished, and I met a girl with similar ambitions as mine. Despite my boredom with graphic design in particular, I did well there. When it came to transferring, my friend went to AI Colorado. Now I've heard discouraging things about an AI diploma, and I was on my own to pay for education, so I went to a state college (SUNY) Oneonta that offered a B.A. in Computer Art.
I've been here for almost a year (came in with junior status), and this place is horrible. I'm just now having access to a class in my major this semester, and only because I ranted to the head of the department. The lab is a joke, and outdated computers (G3's) are often missing keyboards, the mouse, and programs that should be there. The computer lab at my community college was superior. The amount of bureaucracy here is ludicrous, and many other students in the major are looking elsewhere as well.
I applied to Champlain (http://www.champlain.edu/majors/egame/). I had a 3.4 GPA here last semester when I applied, and two great letters of recommendations. There is even an article on the site about the head of the department trying to recruit more female students. I really thought my chances were good. I got the rejection letter yesterday.
I don't know what to do now, and it's getting to the point where my family wants me to give up with education altogether. Technically, I can qualify next semester for graduation, but I'll have very little experience with 3D modeling and animation. My mom insists a B.A. will be good enough for anything, but I know in this field portfolios are the most important factor in finding work. My family also lives in the boondocks, so there's very little opportunity around.
I don't want to give up on transferring. Other schools I've looked at include S.V.A., Ringling, AI Colorado, F.I.T. (I'm missing a web design credit that's needed to qualify me for their bachelor's program >_>), S.C.A.D, and R.I.T., and the SF Academy of Art. Many of these places insist I already have a lot of experience in the classes I want them to teach me, and places like R.I.T. want me to start over in their program as a freshman. Nevertheless, they are all expensive, so narrowing it down has been difficult. I'm wary about taking online courses too.
Does anyone have the slightest idea of what I should do? I'm mentally exhausted.