Which one which one?!
I've talked with industry professionals, graduates from both schools, plus others and I'm getting things like:
"If you got into CalArts, why would you even think of any other school?"--MCAD Senior
"Ringling is the number one 3D animation school in the nation!"--Ringling Freshman
"CalArts focuses on more content than Ringling"--Pixar Director
"70% of my graduating class was hired before graduation...i've come across way more ringling grads than i have cal arts grads out in the field. "--Ringling Graduate
"Ringling is a rising star, especially specializing in 3D.
You know enough in 2d design and animation now and you can learn a lot more new things, IF you think that you would like working with computerized environment.
And Calarts is..
Well, was....based on 2d training with 3D on the side. I am not sure how they function now.
For sure, they go with more art school approach.
It all depends on what you want to learn."
"It now depends on what you want to study and where???"--CalArts Instructor
"Calarts would be a great experience for you, I'm sure! If you think
you'd like to focus on doing things all digitally (with Maya and such) and get training for what you would do on a feature film
type project, Ringling would be better, I think."--CalArts Graduate
And the list goes on. Both schools are great, it just depends on if I want to focus on character animation or 3D animation. Ringling is the best for 3D animation and CalArts is the best for character animation. So where does that leave me? What would be the best choice for finding a job in the future? The tuition is $22k/ year for Ringling and $31k for CalArts. Is the CalArts reputation worth the $9,000 on tuition alone?
The truth is I really want to go to CalArts but the facts are saying Ringling is just as good if not better than CalArts in terms of education, reputation, and cost.
Well I'll be down in Sarasota next week from Monday to Wednesday to see it for myself. Fortunately for me, the seniors are turning in their thesis right before I get there which means Kyle has time to show me around and introduce me to some other seniors. Should be fun.