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    Red face CCAD or Ringling?

    I know I just posted a thread about colleges on the east coast and everything, but I've been researching like crazy and I think my decision comes between Ringling or CCAD. (I have family that live around both schools...)

    I'm a senior in highschool right now, and after this year I'm thinking about going into my local community college (TCC) and building up my foundation for two years. After that though, I want to switch out into a bigger school.

    I guess what I'm wondering, what are the differences in the schools?
    If I wanted to go into (I guess illustration, but really game design/concept design), wich school could help me more?
    Wich is better at helping to get you into the field?
    What are the price ranges for both schools?

    There are a lot more questions I could ask, but I'm at school waiting the rest of the day out... I only have 5 bells, but have to come back for my soccer game anyway...xD

    Any help you guys/girls give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    So I did some more research, and I'm still not sure wich school to choose from.
    I read a few reviews over at StudentsReview or something of the sort that were not so great about Ringling, saying things about it being in the 'ghetto', and a teacher was arrested for cocain posession. It's always the unintelligable people who complain though, so I'm not sure how much I should take those into account.
    People were also saying that CCAD wasn't bad, but the teachers were arrogant?

    Something else I forgot to ask was about out of state tuitions, I think that they are usually 3 times higher than normal tuition but I didn't see anything on CCAD or RSAD's websites about it.
    Some people were also worried that I would be paying a ton of money to go to school, and only making about 35-50k a year.... what are some of the starting pays for illustration first coming out of college?

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    Er... most private schools don't have a difference between instate and out-of-state tuition. I know that Ringling doesn't.

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    whichever one gets you out with the least debt is the one to choose. You will not get a better education at either one...both have decent programs and the occasional star coming out from there.

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    Thanks for the info guys, I talked to my counselor today and she said that since it was a private school...yeah. She also said that I probably wouldn't have to stay on campus for the first year since they are private.

    On another thing, which school is cheaper? I added up what I think I would be paying at CCAD, if I stayed at the dorms... $15,588 for the first year. For some reason that seems lower than I thought, I think I saw someone say something about $20,000? I may be hallucinating..but I used the numbers from the CCAD.edu website. Maybe they don't have all of the fees listed?

    I'm also checking out scholarships to help out, seeing as how I will probably get stuff from my Native-American registration, and Eagles Club stuff... and anything else that I can find.

    Anyway, once again, thanks for the input on that. Any more would be greatly appreciated.

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    CCAD is cheaper than Ringling. Plus we have a strong 'sketch night' group.
    hint hint

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    CCAD has a REALLY strong illustration program, so if that's what you're getting into, definitely consider it.

    and like den said, sketch night is awesome-- some of the best guys in the school come to that and you'll learn a ton.

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    Yeah, I was reading the CCAD thread. It sounds like you guys are having a ton of fun. I might live in the dorms the first year even if I don't have to. So that I can learn the area, and be a lot more involved with people that are doing what I'm doing.
    Thanks =D

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    Well, Ringling does have a new game art and design major. I think it's aimed more toward the animation aspect of it, though. CCAD is definitley cheaper than Ringling, and it definitley offers more scholarship money.

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    It's cool that they are doing that, but I don't want to do that and strictly be stuck in the game industry. My thinking is that if I go for illustration than I'll be able to do more than just one market if I needed/wanted to. Plus the less money is always better.

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    Your major doesn't matter-- it's all about your portfolio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razuel
    CCAD has a REALLY strong illustration program, so if that's what you're getting into, definitely consider it.
    hmmmmmmmm....the program is definitely dwindling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moopuff
    It's cool that they are doing that, but I don't want to do that and strictly be stuck in the game industry. My thinking is that if I go for illustration than I'll be able to do more than just one market if I needed/wanted to. Plus the less money is always better.
    That's one of the things that turned me off on SVA when I was looking at schools... they narrowed things down to the nth degree. A general illustration program can give you training that will apply in many areas of the field. I say take a look at the schools' portfolios (yes, they should have them) and talk to the staff. Try to get a feel for each program and really think about where you fit into those programs.

    I'm a Ringling illustration major, myself. I was also looking closely at Pratt Institute at the time. They were my top two choices.

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