Hi everyone, before I begin I would just like to let everyone know that I finally registered and will start posting some of my work soon. I've been visiting this site for the last month and I have been very impressed with the work I've seen.
I am writing to see if I could get some advice. I just finished my 3rd year at a UC (University of California) studying what they call "Studio Art", I've been wanting to do computer animation, and this is not the place to be, found that out after my first year, its a long story. I just found out about Ringling's computer animation program this year, I applied, and I got in. I am very excited about that, I start in August. I did my research, looked at Art institutes, Cal Arts and Savannah, even Sheridan in Canada. Ringling looked like the best bet to me, their Computer Animation program ranks pretty high.
Ok, almost to my question. I'm not sure why, but I've started considering Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Ringling looks perfect for me, small classes, amazing student work, good reputation, and they seem to have a good career placement department. The main issue is the cost, if I went to AAC I'd save $3,000 a semester ($6,600 instead of $9,600), that's a savings of $24,000 over 4 years.
Here's my question. How does AAC compare to Ringling? The recruiting companies look similar, and the student work is also nice. I haven't compared them enough to see if Ringling is worth the extra $24,000. Like I said, so far I'm set on Ringling, but for some reason I'm looking at AAC, it may just be jitters over transferring all the way to Florida, or maybe over the cost.
I'd appreciate any advice you guys can provide, either first hand experiences or those of friends, personal opinions, anything really.
Once again, thanks in advance for any advice and thank you to those who read this whole posting. I'll try to respond to advice or questions, but I'm moving out today, I won't have my computer hooked up Saturday, and I'm going to Mexico for a week this Sunday. I'll check out the replies from a friend's computer, or maybe a Starbucks or something. So please post, I'll definitely be reading.