I agree on the location, however the main problem isn’t the physical location, but stepping out to let YOURSELF be exposed. Most CCS students are not really active in doing that. The career services is doing a good job getting companies’ attention and holding portfolio reviews. You should make good use of their services.
Expensive? I thought so until I found out about other school’s tuition fees. Check Columbus College of Art, Art Center, RISD. Perhaps even compare it to CIA and other well known institutes, CCS is considered cheap! University of Michigan is the one that vaporizes your wallet.
The thing about trans-rejects flooding in the Product Design department will soon be over ( I hope ) because from next year, there will be a new system. The ID will have Automotive design ( car design), Transportation Design ( public transports, buses etc) and Product Design.
Auto design will be the 20 or so who make it. BTW I don’t think the 20 really represent the TOP 20 of the students.
Trans design will be those who want to do cars but don’t make it.
Product design will be hardcore product guys.
There is a new model making class that started this year, something I didn’t have when I was a freshman. From what I’ve seen, it’s pretty hardcore. The instructors are great. It’s really up to you to make your models. Many students are lazy to make physical models and rely on renderings. Some teachers make sure you have a physical model for the project ( TAKE THOSE INSTRUCTORS!!!), some let you do whatever you want. It’s also up to you to make a stunning model or someting not even worth showing.
Many people say that model making skill is becoming redundant. Well, for personal development I think it’s essential. I learnt a lot about my own designs through making physical versions of it.
Anyways, no matter what, your move is a great one. I know of people who transfered from western and none regretted. It’s a huge change, and CCS is no where near the party school western is. You probably won’t have much of a social life. It’s Detroit, what kind of social life is there to begin with?!