Hey everyone, I have kind of a dilemma on my hands here. I have been going to the academy of art university in san fransisco for 2 semesters now. At the beginning of this summer, i realized that i can go to college in germany for very very cheap because i have dual citizenship there. So i set about writing a million emails in german ( I am fluent, mostly) to about 8 different schools. unfortunately, it seems that most of them have special tests of their own to find out if you would be a good designer, and these need to be done in early may. this means that i wont get in till fall 2010.
I’m all signed up for classes at the academy right now, im missing san francisco and my friends there and i’m ready to go back. also I’m 23 and going into my 2nd year of college (I worked construction for 3 years right out of high school). I don’t want to take another year break in my education. I have had quite enough life experience at this point and I’d like to do my degree and get my career started.
On the other hand, when I graduate the academy I will be upwards of 80,000 in debt. If i go to germany there will be very little debt. Also, while i feel i will get a good education there, there are several things about the academy i don’t like that much. some of the instruction is not quite as good as one might hope, and most people there have the niggling feeling that we are not quite getting what we pay for.
Also, i go to germany, when i graduate i will be fully fluent in the languages and cultures of both countries and will have contacts and connections in both. this seems like quite a career asset to me. If i do wait the year, I’ll want to do some sort of internship, or something worthwhile instead of sitting around or doing a low wage job.
so basically, i have alot of questions
A. has anyone here studied in germany or know someone who did? what was it like? what is its reputation as a whole in respects to ID?
B. If you did study in germany, what schools do you recommend?
C. with my portfolio (Coroflot — Design Jobs & Portfolios , needs some explanation etc. but my real one is in a pdf that is too big to upload), and one year of college, what would you experienced designers see my chances of getting an internship as?
D. opinions on my situation in general? been there done that?