If you haven't gotten to know me yet, know that I'm the type of guy that wants to go hard and dedicated towards a goal. In my current state, I'm a bit underwhelmed by my education at The Art Institute of SLC. I want to be pushed harder, I want to progress faster, I want to produce better quality art work. I've been wanting and trying to throw myself at opportunities in school to get the most out of it, but if feels so lackluster.
On to the point. I'm paying an obscene amount of tuition for Ai, but I feel like I could get more out of it. Lately, I've been kicking around a couple ideas that might (hopefully) push me along faster and harder into the game art career... and that is transferring. I've got my eyes on 2 schools, both of which are radically different than where I am now.
First, is Full Sail University in Florida. There, I would be in nearly the same Game Art degree, however it would be extremely accelerated and "hardcore." The curriculum is laid out month to month, where I would be taking at most only 2 classes for only a single month, but going full steam 100% at it. 4 hour lectures, and randomly assigned 4 hour lab time - which may end up in the middle of the night even. FSU prides themselves on real world eduction. This is a Bachelor's degree, much the same as I'm progressing towards now at Ai.
Second, is the Gnomon School in Hollywood. This place isn't even a university, and doesn't even offer a degree of any kind. Why that may seem like a crazy and dumb thing... its really not. They cut the crap there. No general ed classes which have nothing to do with your desired career. Instead they shove you right into the thick of things, and your learning path is tailored to spit you out into your career upon finishing. After all, in the entertainment industry, your portfolio and quality of work speaks the loudest words over a degree. Gnomon is also beneficial in that its literally about half the tuition price compared to degree-awarding art schools like Ai or FSU.
With both choices though, I would be packing up and leaving my home here. I wouldn't have a job, but instead I would be dedicating my entire existence to my art and education of for 1 to 1.5 years. Full throttle.
-things on my mind-