Another ex-silent participant here I know some of this has been discussed before. Reading this forum has been very helpful, but I still would appreciate any advice on my situation.
So here’s the short version of my story:
I’m 27, a software developer… with a B.A. in Psychology. I’ve missed my first chance at art school because for some reason I was certain I had to be an artist before going to study art. What’s done is done, though, and now I am looking for a second chance. More specifically, I’m torn between interaction design and the artsy digital media programs.
When I finally decided to do something it was already October, and so I didn’t have time to invest in a portfolio. Therefore, I had to aim for graduate programs that don’t require, or put less emphasis, on the portfolio. I’ve applied to several schools (SVA, Parsons, IIT) and am waiting for answers, but this board (and several discouraging replies I got - RISD, Pratt, more ) got me thinking whether I should be going for a second undergrad degree instead.
While I can use the software tools adequately, my sketching skills are virtually nonexistent. And although I’m working on it, I could definitely use some technical training. On the other hand, undergrad is a problem for three main reasons: time (in the US, away from family & friends, etc.), money, and age (don’t know if I’ll get along with 18 y/o kids). Even if we say the money issue can be dealt with, by choosing a public university (e.g. UC), I still don’t know about the others…
I’d be glad to hear your thoughts.
Another, more focused question: I saw Pratt was supposed to be welcoming to grad students without a design background. However, when I emailed them (MFA Digital Arts) they said the portfolio was an essential part of the application… So what’s the deal?