Hey, all! I am a junior in high school on my college search. I am interested in 2D animation, concept art, storyboarding, and stop-motion. Of course CalArts would be at the top of my list, but since their character animation program requires their students to already be exceptional artists, and the program focuses only on how to move that art in an animation (at least I've heard. correct me if I'm wrong.), I really don't think it's something I want to jump into right out of high school, that is if I even stand a chance of getting in with my current skills.
So obviously I've been looking into other schools with similar programs. So far I've done a lot of research about SCAD. CCA is also on my radar as it looks really promising.
I'm well aware of the bad reviews about SCAD, and boy are they freaky! I honestly just cannot believe the majority of them, and a few artists I greatly admire have graduated from there and raved about it. I have thought about it objectively and I think that SCAD might be good for me. I don't mind if there are some crappy students there at first because a portfolio is not required (In fact- I'm glad they don't require a portfolio because I can get a sizable scholarship from submitting a good one!). If they're not serious they just won't succeed. I think as a student there I could make great use of all the resources they have, and I am extremely excited about the possibility of attending their campus in Hong Kong.
Most of the threads I've found about scad have been up to 10 years old. I've had a lot of trouble finding a current one. So if anyone can tell me anything about the animation or sequential design programs (preferably past/present students there) I would really appreciate it. Anything about professors as well.
Also, if you have any other animation programs you think I should check out (I want to study mainly 2D) feel free to tell me about them, too!