First I'd like to say that this forum has phenomenal artists, and I've been following the community (although not brave enough to contribute) for years.
Currently I am employed at a Vancouver based social game studio as a 3D Designer. I do most of the 3D characters, and some concept art. I went to Capilano University for Digital Animation and was employed right after. I've been working for about 2 years and am at the point where I feel that I haven't been growing as an artist. I am still pretty young (20) so I don't dread the idea of going back to school, and actually like the idea of it.
The reason I would like to go back to school is to broaden my fundamentals as an artist. I have a fairly strong drawing/painting ability when it comes to characters, and props, but when it comes to environments, mechanical structures, or scenes I am pretty weak. My mediums currently are graphites/pens, Photoshop, and 3D modelling tools such as Maya/Zbrush. I would like to try Oils and Acrylics, but they aren't necessary to me. My Achilles heel is color. I have a slight color blindness, but I think beyond that I am just simply weak in that area. I have gotten better, but there is much to be desired.
In any event. My reason for posting here is to get some feedback from artists who have gone to art school, or gone back to school, or tried other forms of less structured education, and perhaps get some suggestions. I want to learn fundamentals like color theory, value, composition, illustration design, etc...
I have looked at Emily Carr, but from I have heard from some other artists, it isn't necessarily what I am looking for. The most promising local school I have been looking at is Kwantlen Polytechnic. I was hoping to do a year or two of school, but from what I see, most of the courses I would like to take have a plethora of prerequisites. There are other local schools, like Capilano (which I had attended) that have design programs. I have looked into the Gnomon schools, TAD, etc... but they are too expensive for me. If you have any suggestions for local schools, please do tell!
I am also intrigued in the idea of studying abroad, even if it costs a bit more, just to do something zany and fun. But my efforts at looking for schools in other countries (besides the states) haven't been fruitful.
Knowing my position, do you think it would be prudent to:
1. Keep working at my current job, and apply at bigger studios, and learn within the industry
2. Quit my job, go back to school and build my foundation as an artist
-And if so, which school would offer the most beneficial education for me?
3. Work on my portfolio at home (Motivation isn't my strong point)