I’m a Canadian living in Montreal, already have a Bachelor’s degree (BA McGill 2004), but have decided to take the leap and go to design school. I’ve been accepted to Carleton and DAE for September, and am weighing the pros and cons in both. Having just visited Eindhoven and briefly toured DAE, I’m a little torn.
I like the coop program at Carleton as well as the fact that they are transferring many of the credits from my BA to this degree (I would have to be only part time for the first two years). It seems they are geared towards pragmatic and commercial design, and seem to have a lot of connections linking students to industry. It is a tiny department of only 150 students total, and it is in Ottawa -not exactly a design mecca.
DAE seems more conceptual and independent, which is great, as well as the idea of being in Europe studying design.
My concern is acquiring the practical skillset and training required to enter the industry. I’ve heard the pros and cons of both schools but am more concerned about what to expect at DAE since I wasn’t given so much as a tour while I was there. I pretty much know what I’ll be getting into at Carleton.
I love working and the idea of being self-taught, but wonder how accepted this is in the industry. The admissions panel at DAE upon reviewing my portfolio asked me why I wasn’t already working in the field, but it seems as though most Product/Industrial Designers have formal training. That is why coop is so appealing; learning and working and making some cash is great , but the opportunity to study and live in Europe for a length of time is attractive also.
Perhaps this is comparing apples to oranges, but if anyone has any insight, I would really appreciate it. Cheers!