I have a tough decision, weighing the pro's and con's . . .
An atelier school in CA, or maybe applying to ringling? I would hit up cal arts, but that costs alot.
I liked what ringling had to say on their website. Cal Arts seems more like hollywoodish out for entertainment, and ringling seemed more to emphasize development. Not to say that Cal Arts isn't good, it is one of the best, but for some reason ringling seems like a better fit. And ringling is alot cheaper in tuition.
My goals are to get into computer animation, yet I hear learning 2D first, then going into 3D is best, so I'm going to develop my illustration / painting first
One of the best education for computer animation / illustration.
You definitely will get a job after finishing
Learn about the various industries (animation, art etc)
Cost, far away from home, access to decent surf spots is far
Close to home. Cheaper in cost. Learn from great artists. Close to excellent surf
Cons: you don't get experience that Ringling will give . . .
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