CCA, SCAD, Pratt pros and cons

i’m planning to transfer to CCA, SCAD, Pratt
i want to know the overview of each universities and pros&cons.
Also i’m curious about their industrial design program and its reputation.
can you rank the schools?

They’re all very good schools with excellent reputations - ranking them would be impossible.

My suggestion would be to consider where you want to live for 4 years. NYC, San Francisco and Savannah are all very nice but very different places. If you have the option to visit I would suggest that as well.

In terms of education they’re all going to be fairly similar since they are more art based programs and all are very highly regarded within the field, if you get into all 3 you won’t go wrong with any of them.

Visit them all.

You wouldn’t enter a marriage without knowing your partner would you? (Though there are some attractive Russian mail order brides I’ve heard). I know that is a bit of an extreme example, but it is legit. This is a huge financial decision towards your success in the future. This degree and education will be with you for the rest of your life, it really is worth visiting all 3 of them to make the best decision for yourself.

What is best for me, might not be best for you, and so on and so on.

And from what I’ve heard, the other two are great. I went to SCAD and had a great experience.

The only way to 100% quantify these programs against each other, would be if someone attended all 3 universities and received the same degree from each of them. Without doing this, rating them impossible, and why these rating “lists” online are frankly 100% BS.

I know it may sound a bit like a conspiracy theory, but if a magazine or book would be visiting the college you owned, and was there to rate you against other colleges… wouldn’t you make sure everything was perfect for their visit? Maybe do some extra things? Take them to a really nice dinner (paid for by the college) and cover them up with the nicest hotel/B&B in town? I do believe this does factor into a % of the final rating of each university.

As per other posts here - your best bet is to visit the schools on your short list, or check out their admissions website to see if/when they will be in an area near you. I know SCAD does a roadshow.

In addition to the “where you want to spend the next 4/5 years” consideration…think about your focus and skills … are you a technical artist or a creative engineer ? Programs and facilities differ wildly. Pratt has top rated art and studio programs, but some of their hands on fabrication labs for 3D modelling are literally in storage rooms. SCAD has phenomenal workshops in the dedicated to ID (and furniture design) Gulfstream Center.

What do you want from your college experience ? If you want a big rah-rah campus, factor that in. SCAD does not have a traditional campus/quad, but is spread across dozens and dozens of historic buildings throughout Savannah. Pratt is a relatively small urban campus in Brooklyn, with very much of an art school vibe. Do you want internship/co-op experience ? Does the school take an active role in prep and placement ?

Once you figure out all these environmental factors - you can rank based on your preferences. All of the NASAD - accredited schools will give you a solid ID educational foundation. The one that is “best” is the one that is “best for you”.