let me tell you. . .Tom is a friend of mine here in my class of Senior ID at OSU. He does well by his school here, possibly too well. . .
Tom (hartings) draws, non stop, 24/7 and wants to work at Nike. Good luck right. . .Nike’s huge, no chance. And that’s what i first thought. Getting to know Tom however, i KNOW he will be something to deal with in the shoe industry within 5 years. I don’t doubt a few of you will be shootin hoopla in a pair of his shoes come 2010.
What he said about OSU? Well, it is not inaccurate. However, some things need stressed I feel that were not stressed. OSU’s co-op program IS non-existant. This is mainly the reason OSU students lose jobs/internships to UC students. A firm will take experience if they can get it, and by having done various internships, and seeing a few of your concepts go to manufacturing, you are guarunteed a job over someone who has done ONE co-op. The reason you are only allowed to do ONE co-op at OSU, (which you have to locate, apply, meet and interview ENTIRELY on your own) is due to OSU’s poor curriculum. The first year here you don’t have any studio’s. You have general design courses, and your GEC’s. 2nd year, NO design studios. . .once again you take design courses, but no studios just yet. 3rd year, AH HA!, a STU STU STUDIO! You have three that year. 4th year, ALAS!, 2 more studios and then a thesis. All in all 5 studios if you DON"T do a co-op. Do a co-op and you get 4. Now does that sound like a design education to you?
There are certain faculty that are intersted in changing this problem, and starting studios a year earlier, resulting in 8 studios, (7 with a co-op), however, due to low funding within the Design school, and some faculties ho hum attitude towards certain topics, the students continue to struggle through.
So, would I choose OSU again? Man, i don’t know. So i guess that means no. If you pay nearly $50,000 dollars for something, wouldn’t you like to say you’d do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance? Where would i go??? Pfsh. I don’t know what either. Maybe i’ll complete the BFA here at OSU and then head to Cinci for 4 more years.
Now in my offense, (that’s right, OFfense, i’m going to rip on myself here), i don’t feel ready due to my late coming to design. Throughout highschool i never thought that this job even existed. I was from a small town where any major other than business, football or a medical career meant you’d end up a nobody. i didn’t even know what photoshop was until the end of my Freshman year here, and i didn’t learn how to use it until the beginning of my Sophmore year. This all leads to my difficulties in aesthetics and sketching. Drawing was for starving artists, nothing more. So some of this is just a lack of better judgement on my highschool’s part due to the corn fed hillbillies running the town. Regardless, if i would draw as much as tom, i’d be more competent, but the skill comes rough if you just started 3 years ago.
So, all in all, if you are willing to accept that unless you draw constantly and teach yourself aesthetic value you will have problems getting jobs/internships ahead of UC, then go to OSU. Because they won’t teach you a pinch of it.