I'm floating in that post-junior, pre-senior time period and I really need to start considering applications to art schools before I try to crank out a portfolio. My parents prefer that I get a degree and whatnot before I throw myself into an art school education, and as they're the ones paying for the whole thing..
I really want to be an animator, but I'm also willing to take up illustration as well... I want to try summer internship that the Disney Animation studios offer for undergrads, if I can get it; but I'm thinking too far ahead for the time being.
My two main choices right now are the art programs/schools at UCLA and USC (it'd be free for me if I go; my dad's a statistician who's been working in affiliation with USC for 15+ years). I've heard that UCLA's program is supposed to be reasonably good, but aside from that, I don't know much about either program, and all the information I've been getting is minimal and from college counselors who're college counselors, not artists.
Cal State Long Beach is my current backup school.
Are UCLA / USC's art programs really worth striving for? And if not, are there any schools with good art programs in the general UCLA-USC Los Angeles area? My parents chose a convenient place to reside, as we're near enough to Art Center as well as studios such as Disney, Nickelodeon, media studios like that, and I want to try to take as much advantage of it as I possibly can.
Portfolio tips would be appreciated, too.. :c