Which school would you pick?
I’ve been looking through the core boards throughout the application process, it’s been an invaluable resource. I’ve been taking classes at various schools and like that I’ve been able to cherry pick the good from each. Which brings me to my dilemma:
I’m having a really difficult time deciding between RISD and Pratt’s MID programs which I’ve been accepted for this fall. My undergrad was in biology and psychology. This past year I’ve been taking classes to build a portfolio. At Otis I took away basic ID methodologies, at Parsons I experienced the more aesthetic side of design, PCC I liken it to Art Center lite with a emphasis on building hand-drawing skills. At this point, my sketching skills are mediocre, but not bad for someone with a year of classes.
I like Pratt because of their additional half year for those with non-design backgrounds, and it seems like more of their curriculum is concentrated on aesthetics. On the otherhand, I like the conceptual level of thinking in the projects coming from RISD albeit not as slick looking, and overall I felt it had a vibe that I felt is more “me.”
I also received a scholarship to Parsons summer program for a design fieldwork class. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity to become immersed in the city and uncover real-time problems that can be addressed through design.
If I go to RISD, I’m thinking of forgoing the Parsons’ program and take a class at Art Center at Night to bulk up on sketching/rendering this summer. If I go to Pratt I think I will take the Parsons’ fieldwork class to pick up research experience.
I’ve always heard and believe that it’s harder to learn how to think than it is to learn how to draw. Which points me towards RISD. But hearing the posts about how many of the students are good thinkers but unemployable makes me hesitate. I’ve looked for corefolios from RISD MID students but there aren’t very many.
One of the things that I love about ID is that there’s so much you can do within the field, and I don’t feel particularly tied down to a specific area. In my design career, I want to be a designer, a researcher, a director, and a teacher. I’d love to do design within the scientific realm and help those in need (think Design for the other 90%), but I’m into fashion/luxury as a consumer and think it’d be interesting to tie it into sustainability.
Based on all of this (and thanks if you’re still reading,) what would you do in my situation? Honestly I think I will like whichever school I end up but feel overwhelmed to make such a huge decision by Wednesday. I’ve already extended RISD’s deposit deadline. I’d appreciate if anyone has a couple of cents to throw in, especially those who’ve finished school (or about to) and can look back on their experience.