View Full Version : I can't decide.. (Schools)

11 November 2009, 07:13 PM
So I've been floating around these forums for a couple of weeks now but I can't seem to get my answer from just reading around..

I want to go to a school for Illustration next fall somewhere in Florida but I'm not sure where to go. I've been very interested in Ringling but I'm not sure I want to pay all that money. Also, some friends told me to look into some other universities and to check out the art programs they offer.

I'm very confused..

By the next semester I will have an Associates in Arts (General Studies) from my community college but since Ringling is a specialized school I'm not sure if that would even shave some money off of my tuition.

Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm pretty open to all possibilities.


11 November 2009, 06:41 PM
Might get crucified for this but The Art Institute of Tampa, Jacksonville, or Fort Lauderdale? Considering there are three right in Florida, you might be able to kill off the randomness quality factor inherent with Art Institutes and it will cost you about 1/5 of Ringling. Shrug.
Otherwise, what is wrong with going to an art school connected with one of the huge universities down there? Miami, Florida State, South Florida, etc.

Really I wanted to comment, to say how jealous I am you are from Naples Florida. I used to go to Vandy Beach every year till I was 20. Good lord, it's the paradise of the country.

11 November 2009, 07:09 PM
Yeah Naples is wonderful and Vanderbilt beach is one of the best around the area.
Thanks for your help I've heard horrible things about Art Institute though =.. I'll have to look at it a little more.

11 November 2009, 07:13 PM
Obviously, if you weren't secluding yourself to Florida, I definitely would recommend a multitude of other options. Shrug. This guy ( was just plugged on cgtalk and went to AI Dallas, so there is some hope for AI. It's all about visiting the schools and finding the right one apparently.
I've taught three times at the AI Indianapolis (summers), and the first two years they were in shambles and this last time, with a new Dean, a new Director, new Cintiq lab, etc. they were on point. These things change rapidly some times. Shrug Shrug.

I've also updated the entire North American School's List today.

11 November 2009, 08:45 PM
I guess it really does have a lot to do on the attitude that you apporoach the schools in.

You can probably get a great education at any of these schools so I guess what I'm asking is which has the best enviorment...

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