To give a bit of background information: I enjoy 3d environment modeling and 3d character animation the most; honestly though, I equally enjoy all the other aspects of 3DMA, from texturing and lighting to rigging and sculpting. Knowing this I would like to expose myself to *many* different specializations of 3DMA, as my focus & interests within 3DMA could very well potentially shift within the next few years. In other words, I don't want to limit myself to just one specialization for my future. I understand that schools like Animation Mentor, Gnomon & iAnimate are widely well-received programs, however I would prefer to go to an institution that isn't primarily based online and is more broad; I realize that I can go to these sites later after I have more carefully chosen my 3d discipline.
I live in the San Francisco bay area. As such, any schools located in Northern CA or CA are preferable, however I'm not geographically-restrained.
The schools that I'm currently looking into are:
* Academy of Art University
* Expression College
* Sheridan College
* Laguna College
* Carnegie Melon
* Van Arts
* Vancouver Film School
* I'm open to anymore suggestions...
Answer as many or as little of my questions below:
**Question One:** Which school, overall, do you believe is the best for 3DMA? Why?
**Question Two:** Which school(s) would best and most thoroughly expose me to all of the specializations of 3DMA?
**Question Three:** Which school(s) has the most potential for gaining contacts in the work-field? Alternatively, which school(s) has the best reputation in the industry?
**Question Four:** If I wanted to go into ArchViz or medical visualizations/animations, which school(s) would be my best option, in terms of offering the studies necessary for these fields of work? Also, if I wanted to go into one of these fields, is it better to major in (for example) architecture, then learn the 3DMA afterwards?... or to major in 3DMA then learn (for example) architecture afterwards?
**Question Five:** I understand that 3DMA is very competitive and the job market isn't the best, but which industry has the most potential for growth + jobs?: film, video-games, architecture visualization, medical visualization, commercial, etc...?
Thanks again, and I appreciate any responses!