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Old 01 January 2008   #1
Graphic Design / Digital Illustration School

I am new on this Forum.
The story is as follows:
I have a son (25) with special talent and very knowledgeable with hand illustration and graphic and digital design.
He currently manages pretty well all the Adobe CS3 tools through his MacBook Pro.
We have been talking about the possibility he makes a short program in some US or international school or institute
My proposal to him is a short course or diploma (no more than 1 year) where he can develop a more deep knowledge and techniques on digital illustration and design, including all current e-printing techs.
Some information I gathered included: Pratt College (San Diego, CA) and the Art Institute of Colorado.
Also, I know that Parsons (NY) is very good.

My son is a lover of CGSociety and admires all the beautiful works published on this professional site.

I will greatly appreciate the comments and guidance on this matter from any of you. I welcome your most professional opinions.


Kind Regards
Vince
 
Old 05 May 2008   #2
There is the 2.5 year program at Expression College in Emeryville, CA: Motion Graphic Design, Animation and Visual Effects, and Game Art Design programs along with the Sound Arts. Anything shorter can be found at Full Sail's 1 year Associate in Graphic Design (Orlando, FL.)
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Old 05 May 2008   #3
vicentico, please avoid the Art Institutes - these are overpriced, not very well esteemed schools that are essentially a chain in the US.

A site that lists many (but not all) of the nation's art schools and colleges may be found here:

http://www.portfolioday.net/content/view/23/37/

The site is of the "National Portfolio Day", an event where college bound students take their portfolios to be reviewed by representatives of different art schools and programs in the U.S.

The school list is sorted by major / concentration here:

http://www.portfolioday.net/content/view/24/38/

Please be aware that as an international student, your son would not be eligible for financial aid for most colleges and universities in the US.

Most art schools and programs in the US are 4 years long - very few offer 1 year courses.

There are exceptions - the school I attended, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, is a 2.5 year program, but current tuition costs are:

$14,672 Tuition per semester (3 semesters per year) = $44,016 / year - NOT including room and board - for 2008 undergraduates. It looks like it's gone up $1000 per term since last year (which is ridiculous - Art Center does not even have dorms).

One school that I know of that offers intensive one year courses in various concentrations is outside of the US, Vancouver Film School (VFS) in Vancouver, Canada:

http://www.vfs.com/

They have a Foundation Visual Art & Design program here:

http://www.vfs.com/fulltime.php?id=1

Though I've never been to VFS and don't know how extensive their Foundation program is, I know that overall VFS has a strong reputation.

However, I personally feel that it takes far longer than 1 year to develop illustration and design skills. I think your son might be better off in a full, 4 year program if that is within your budget.

In terms of forums where you can seek advice about schools, there is a more comprehensive one here:

ART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION
http://conceptart.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Best of luck to your son.

-R
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Old 05 May 2008   #4
I'll vouch for the Vancouver Film School if you're looking for a year-long program. They have an excellent reputation with expediated programs. That being said, while it may be a year long, it's a year of extremely intense learning and working experience, your son will definitely be put through his paces there. I didn't go there, but I almost did, and I did a lot of research on it.
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Old 05 May 2008   #5
Do your son a favor and send him to a four year art school. The things he will learn there are priceless, and need to be developed in more than just a year. I'm not just talking about the classes. I'm talking about social and professional development that comes from the interaction with like minded and supportive people. Now I'm not trying to shit on these one year programs, but there is no way I could've learned all I did in a 1 year course. Be weary of schools like VFS too. They tend to make examples of the 5-10 students that are really good and applied themselves, while the the other 100 or so are not so good, or just downright awful.

Getting my BFA from an art school was key for me. I didn't just learn how to use the programs. I learned how to be a better artist.
 
Old 05 May 2008   #6
Originally Posted by JesseGraffam: Do your son a favor and send him to a four year art school. The things he will learn there are priceless, and need to be developed in more than just a year. I'm not just talking about the classes. I'm talking about social and professional development that comes from the interaction with like minded and supportive people. Now I'm not trying to shit on these one year programs, but there is no way I could've learned all I did in a 1 year course. Be weary of schools like VFS too. They tend to make examples of the 5-10 students that are really good and applied themselves, while the the other 100 or so are not so good, or just downright awful.

Getting my BFA from an art school was key for me. I didn't just learn how to use the programs. I learned how to be a better artist.
I really agree. There is only so much that you can learn in one year. There are also only so many human relationships you can develop and nurture in one year, and these relationships are critical for networking and job hunting down the line, particularly if your son plans to stay and work in the U.S.

It should be said that your son need not attend an expensive, private school to get a good art education here in the U.S., though you need to research individual schools carefully before investing. There are many good state schools here in California that have good art programs - Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach come to mind. These are not private universities and are therefore less expensive. Your son would get, I think, a much better experience from attending a longer term (4 year) state university than he would from an intensive, one year private education. Even the community colleges here in California are very good. One that comes to mind is Pasadena City College, where many Art Center teachers teach for a fraction of Art Center's cost. Community colleges here in the US are typically 2 year programs designed for students transitioning into more traditional liberal arts colleges and universities. The community colleges in California are very good, and may be a good place for your son to start out, though he may eventually desire higher levels of training.

I think in today's world, you have to have an education, and not just a training in how to use software applications. It's very difficult to get a real education in just one year.

Having said that, if your son is 25, then he may already have been through college. If that is the case, then something like the 1 year VFS program may suit him very well.
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