Why does it seem like there are no Entertainment Design programs on the East Coast (New York area) from any of the major art schools here? Yet all the cool Animation and Entertainment Design programs are all, seemingly, conglomerating on the West Coast -- particularly near the California area. From CalArts' world-renowned Animation program to the Gnomon School's and Art Center's Entertainment Design programs - they all seem to be surpassing their East Coast counterparts in filling the exploding new market for 'entertainment designers' in film and video games. Quite frankly, the east coast is playing catch-up to the west coast (as the east coast schools here already have the means and programs in place to make an Entertainment Design program happen.) We are starved here!
I don't have the time to learn Industrial Design for four years and Illustration for another two-to-four years and perhaps Painting, just for good measure, to become a well rounded Entertainment Design specialist. So it seems the only hope for a degree (or certification) in Entertainment Design, for those starving on the east coast, is to relocate. However, the expense of relocating (perhaps an entire family, for some) to go to school out-of-state seems impractical, on family, and bank account (given the current economic climate.) For me learning online is hard - for the steeper priced programs it lacks the human/social/ element I need to justify the higher expense. If the price is reasonable I don't mind learning online or from a DVD. However it does scares me to pay over $500 for an online course let alone one over a thousand as I am not that confident in my online savvy to make it work.
I humbly lay my request, to you ambitious (entrepreneurial) companies out there, to fill the gaping Entertainment Design school market in the NYC area. I'm sure it could be quite lucrative to fill that enormous untapped market
-A New Yorker Starved for Entertainment Design school.