Hello! I'm an ex-lurker and have just recently joined.
I am about to become a high school senior, and now must get serious about college. I've done art most of my life and am interested in pursuing it as a career. A career in Computer Animation (ah yes, there are so many of us!) is something I'm very interested in and been researching.
However, I am not interested in an art school. I want to get a well-rounded liberal arts education and the freedom to explore other academic areas of interest to me. Getting a solid foundation in traditional art is important to me though.
Larger universities appeal to me as they offer more choices and programs; however, I've found that animation programs are not very commonplace in public universities, especially on the undergrad level.
My question is would majoring in another area such as fine arts/studio art, design, digital media etc (all these subjects are of high interest to me anyway) be a feasible route to take if I hope to study animation on the grad school level?
Would some sort of background in animation be necessary?
I am absolutely open to art school post-undergrad.
I am just unsure whether it's possible to get a masters in animation without a bachelor's in the same area.
I understand a degree isn't everything when it comes to art careers, but I am more interested in a fulfilling college experience rather than being immediately trained for the industry.
Also if possible, could I see some suggestions on possible colleges that would fit my goals? I'm looking for a school with strong academics and a strong art program. (Obviously an animation program would be a bonus ) I've been told my stats are competitive enough for some of the top schools. (I don't share the enthusiasm for ivies as my parents though) I'm a Texas resident, if that helps. Money isn't too big of an issue, but a good value is always nicer. Also, the UC's really appeal to me, but I have quite the disadvantage in being out of state.
Please forgive me for the rather long post! I wanted to be as specific as I could.
Thanks in advance for those who've taken the time to read this! : ) All sorts of feedback will be much appreciated.