Hi everyone, my name's CJ, and I believe I need some advice.
First off, I'll let you know straight off the bat - I am a sophomore in a California highschool. I'm a straight A student. I plan on graduating next year in my junior year. I find highschool a little boring and wanted to get into college early. No problems - I can get all my credits done and over with and I should be able to finish highschool no problem.
Now here's the problem: What do I do as soon as I finish highschool?
I could easily go the community college route and get things done and perhaps get more experience in the art field. (I have yet to take Art I in highschool, though I hope to take it next year.) However, I want to try to avoid that if at all possible, but it would be nice.
I could also try and attempt to go straight to an art college right after highschool. Not sure if I'd get in, but it's worth a shot.
Whether I go straight to an art college or community college first, I still want to go to an art school eventually. However, which do I choose?
I wanted to go to one that's actually close by, so I narrowed down my choices:
Art Institute of California - San Francisco
Art Institute of California - Sacramento
Academy of Art University - San Francisco
California College of Arts - San Francisco
San Francisco Art Institute
or the Academy of Art in Sacramento
I could also easily go to a State University to get my education there. What route do you guys believe I should take?
Also, for the issue of scholarships... Do you know of any that I should possibly go for? Most people who have the grades that I have in school will only get scholarships if they go to certain "expected schools", such as UC Davis, Stanford, Yale, etc. How should I go about getting a scholarship? Would entering a contest be my best bet? Are there any scholarships available that would pay for ANY school I can go to, even if they aren't a UC or a State school?
Could someone also point out to me what exactly art schools might be looking for? (Perhaps a link to certain art schools would be nice here.)
So the main issues here are:
1) What should I do after highschool?
2) What school should I go to after highschool?
4) What are art schools looking for?
Also, if this helps, here's more information about me:
Majors I want: (Based off of what's at the Art Institute of California - San Fran)
Game Art and Design
Visual and Game Programming
Interactive Media Design
Media Art and Animation
Art (in general for other schools)
2 years of language (Maybe 3, over the summer)
2 years of Multimedia/CompArts
As of next year, education up to Pre-Calc (I also plan on taking Stats over the summer)
Biology and AP Physics (next year) (Also plan on taking Chemistry during the summer)
Art I (which I hope to take next year)