Finally got my acceptance/rejection letters and I honestly have no idea how to make this decision.
I’ve been religiously following these discussions for a couple years now, but never thought about posting anything. Eh, but I really need the advice.
My interest has always been in design, especially Industrial Design though a small part of me sees myself doing Graphic/Communication Design as well.
CMU and UC DAAP were my top two choices because it was really important for me to be at a university…not schools like RISD or Pratt.
I got accepted to both these schools and now have to make a decision. I applied with the full intention of basing my decision on the amount of money I got from both schools (which I ultimately thought would lead me to UC) but CMU has actually given me enough money to make it a probable choice. So…with great misfortune , I actually have to make a decision. I’d really appreciate some objective input…especially about the specific programs at both schools.
An overview of my situation:
-Partial Scholarship–not totally finalized but I’ll end up paying about half so…$25-$30 grand a year. Compared to the $55, 000 regular tuition…this is now quite feasible for me.
-You don’t decide between Graphic/Industrial Design until the end of your Freshman year. The more I think about it, the more I think this may be important. It’s not that I don’t know the difference between the two–I just honestly haven’t had enough experience to know which is a better fit for me. I lean towards ID at the moment but I’m not 100% assured
-Strong Liberal Arts–pretty important to me. I’d like to take other classes…explore Minors, languages, etc.
-4 year program…and most kids CO-OP/Intern in the summer
-Free tuition (yes, I know. Good deal.)
-Practically home. (I’m grew up in Cincinnati)
-5 year program. CO-OP Program
-Committed to ID. Difficult to switch majors and let’s be honest DAAP’s Graphic Design program isn’t nearly as renowned as its ID program.
That’s pretty much it. Sorry that it’s practically a novel. Mass props to anyone who even took the time to read all that.
Basically, to Sparknote:
Both CMU and UC have top notch ID programs and I’d be lucky to go to either of them. But they both seem to take very different approaches…and that’s what makes me the most apprehensive about this decision.
5 year program w/ CO-OPs vs. 4 year program and a flexible ID/GD first year.
…I have no idea where I fit. I’ve visited both schools and I can see the benefits of both.
If anyone would like to share their experience at either school or with a similar decision, I’d love some input.