Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby yo » December 18th, 2012, 2:32 pm

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Seems like some really good designers coming from VT . They are definitely upping their profile in the professional world.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby crewkid » December 18th, 2012, 4:58 pm

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I went to SCAD.

I originally chose SCAD because of their video game design program. Once upon a time I thought that is what i wanted to do. I also liked the proximity to the beach and the opportunity to play sports at the college level. Midway through my Soph. year I took advantage of my electives and tried out an intro to ID class. I loved it and never looked back.

I would certainly do it all the same way again. The only thing I would do differently is spend a little more time looking into internships. For some reason I thought that internships where unpaid and I had to work to help pay for school. I did not complete my first internship until after gradation, which was a mistake.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby abunigel » May 4th, 2013, 12:23 pm

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I chose CMU:

I had a few major criteria in mind when I was thinking about colleges at the end of high school:
I wanted to go to a school that was in a city, had industrial design, and allowed me to continue studying Japanese.
This narrowed things down rather quickly. CMU fit the bill though.

I visited CMU and loved the campus, was impressed with Pittsburgh as a city upon my first visit, and became fixated on going there when I saw the design studios and all the work they were doing. I was also very attracted to the small design class sizes, each year is only ~50 students, who then split into industrial design or communication design for sophomore and junior year before rejoining in senior year.

Simply put, I got a very good vibe. The convergence of artistic creativity and academic rigor that I think defines CMU was clearly apparent in my visits there and made it a very appealing place.

I actually applied early decision to the humanities college for a Japanese major, but got deferred. I then applied regular decision to the school of design. I felt good about my portfolio, but the interview portion left me a little shakey; I couldn't tell if the prof talking with me appreciated my work or thought I was a tool... It was a long drive back to CT! But I must have been over thinking things because I got in and was ecstatic! It was the only school I felt passionate about going to, and was the only one I applied to. If I hadn't gotten in I wanted to find some kind of work for a year and try again along with some other places.

Retelling this story always gives me anxiety, because so many of the big things in my life right now are directly related to starting my design education at CMU 3 falls ago. It's too crazy to think how different things could have been. In particular I always feel grateful that I didn't get into the humanities school!

Heading into my senior year at CMU ID, I feel better than ever about what I've gotten from the program. The facilities, the staff, the community, the greater campus intellectual environment, I have nothing but great things to say. I'd say it's one of the more progressive design programs at the moment, from what I know, but there is a long standing appreciation and respect for the traditional technical skills of design, and a high standard of craft that is instilled in you throughout the first two years. The second two years, although I'm still in the midst of them, push you to think critically of how you apply the design process, to a rapidly changing world's diverse set of problems.

The only real issue I can think of is that there are a lot of periods of angst amongst the students, myself included. I think the program asks you more questions than it answers, in a good way, but with job hunting on the horizon, finding yourself as a designer, etc. etc. I've found the environment to squeeze out a lot of introspection and contemplation, and maybe too much at times. You have to step out of the bubble regularly to keep your head, because it is a very intense and concentrated environment, CMU as a whole and the design program specifically. I think it takes initiative to provide yourself with rich outside perspective on all that you are experiencing within the school, and that can be difficult.

In addition, it certainly is expensive. That said, in my case CMU has been generous with grants every year, and Pittsburgh is definitely a cheap city. I'm racking up a good bit of debt, but the investment has felt worth it more and more as I progress. I might change my tone a tad when I start writing those checks, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it :wink: For any people considering CMU though, don't write it off too quickly over the price. My family is middle class and with the financial aid etc. it is manageable and worth it, if you connect with the school and program, that is!

I don't find CMU gets that much love on Core77, and I can understand that, because looking at shear numbers, when you compare CMU alums to other good ID schools, they are probably much fewer and far between in the traditional ID world. A lot of ID students end up in UX and IxD which makes even fewer of the ~22/year that graduate likely to be seen in the ID community. Then when you look at tuition costs, things don't add up. But if anyone is considering it, i'd encourage you to considerate it strongly, because the education I'm getting is top notch and has really changed my life for the better. It's a great school, they make you think, make, and ask questions. It is a very ambitious atmosphere at CMU and I think it pushes me to work my hardest and learn as much as I can in my time there.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby _iamdave » May 5th, 2013, 9:32 pm

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Why did I choose the school I did:

1) Reputation - It has a good reputation for all courses producing many "famous" designers in all disciplines even outside of ID.Within ID there are some very big names on the alumni roster.

2) Location - It is in an incredible city and to experience a faster pace of life so early on had been my dream.

Would I choose it again? Yes and no.

Yes - Only on a personal level. Mainly for the location and being able to live in that city so early on, personal growth and being exposed to so many different cultures, and finally meeting people that have made a huge impact on my life.

No - Professionally it has not prepared me to where I personally would like to be as a designer. It has relied too long on it's reputation to the point where other schools produce more employable graduates. Recently our grads move in to research and strategy and not so many hardcore ID'ers

I also didn't know as much about design as I do now when I picked my school and what would prepare me best for the real world. My school didn't offer a CO-OP or even allow us to study abroad - we had a lot of people come over to us but we weren't allowed to go to them! If I had my time again and could afford it I would have moved to the US, from what I have seen Virginia Tech seems to be right on the money currently.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby Belafaiez » May 27th, 2013, 8:08 am

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Design school is strategy formats.A good designer needs a good school.I can not go an design school because i where i live there has no,in my life i can not learn any design of any formats.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby Hiscon » June 7th, 2013, 2:00 am

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Looking back, definitely will choose my school again... because of
1. Proximity to my home
2. Teaching techniques I like it
3 I love my teachers

If I get a chance I would be there again....

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby ion31 » August 18th, 2013, 8:32 am

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Because is close to my home.


Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby sachin » November 5th, 2013, 9:31 pm

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I noticed a trend that people are choosing schools close to their home. I would be in the same boat! I grew up in Cleveland and it just happened to have the great design school, "The Cleveland Institute of Art."

I was convinced by ID students who went there and studied automotive design. When I got accepted into the program, I learned much more about the wider world of industrial design, which was much more than cars. I've learned so much from the competitive environment and made many great memories.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby christodang » February 24th, 2014, 5:46 pm

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I chose Carleton because of proximity to home, but I also because of its more technical background. While I value aesthetics, I felt like the program I was previously in at University of Montreal lacked that technical component that made projects "realistic" as opposed to blue sky concepts. Carleton having that engineering background IMO helped constrain the projects more and make them more believable as portfolio pieces instead of things a la Electrolux.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby ralphzoontjens » March 1st, 2014, 8:42 pm

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Back in 2002 I chose the Eindhoven University of Technology because:

1. Close to my parentals home, saved me lots of money in the end, but did inhibit me from a good integration into the social community in Eindhoven. In the end I would not recommend that to most people. I also did my masters there even though now I'd also recommend always doing your masters somewhere else, even in another country and another culture.
2. The newness and uncertainty actually attracted me. It seemed rather boring to me to design products in an established manner, while these times are very exciting and things are majorly shifting. It felt less institutional than other schools.
3. A future oriented approach to projects with lots of room for free and blue sky thinking. I felt like I needed that for a few years before starting to design in a more structured and well-defined manner. In the end I think it greatly helped me and the program appeared to offer a lot of variety in projects, also some more defined ones.
4. Nice open spaces to work in, for the first year students. Some other spaces were quite awful though. The entire faculty is moving to a new building in September this year.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

Postby RaoSandy » November 18th, 2014, 5:32 am

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I choose my school due to its reputation.It is the best CBSE school in india.


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