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Because of location.
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Because my parent had not enough money to get me to normal school...

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Re: Why did you choose your school?

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We don't really get to choose schools here, its the desire of our parents.
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1. I chose my school based on how the I.D. program complemented my existing skill set. I'd gone to art school so I didn't need the visual/aesthetic training. The school I chose for I.D. was the only school (at the time) in Canada that taught Solidworks... so I went for the technical training.
2. There was a 3rd year co-op.
3. I wasn't willing to move cities so that limited my choice to 2 schools.

In the same situation, I would make the same choice. Every school has it's way of teaching and placing emphasis on different aspects of design. If you are trying to decide, go to the open house and look at student projects. In Toronto, there is something called the Rocket show. It's a competition that brings together the thesis projects from graduating students from 3 or 4 schools. I'd highly recommend checking it out if you are trying to decide which school to go to. There may be something like it in other cities.

At the end of the day, school is a small step to becoming an industrial designer. Once you start working, there is a lot to learn on the job.
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Hello anyone!! :D

I always wanted to get in to ID but, I took other routes and now I want to go back to school and do what I really want. DESIGN. I live in Houston TX and I have been looking for a Good school to start my education. I know We have UH, but I have nothing to compare and if I go with what WWW have to say, It sounds like if you are not in the East coast or abroad you have no chance get a good career. I also read about Denver U. and some of the Art institutes.

If possible I would like to have a fresh opinion on this schools the bad the Good and the ... no just the bad and the Good.


Re: Why did you choose your school?

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I heard a lot of questions about why did I choose my school? Because it was the nearest school to my house.
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Have you made a decision yet?

I lived in Austin for a year and it is booming with design.
The drive would allow you to still spend your weekends in Houston.
If you are confident enough consider just starting a design business and learn independently, within the community over there.
I know Jon Kolko teaches in Austin but his program is very expensive.
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yo wrote:Why did you choose your school? Looking back would you choose it again?
I grew up in a relatively small town and considered myself a relatively big fish in a small pond. I chose Pratt because of its location NYC and Frank Sinatra. "If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere." I wanted a challenge, and a bigger pond. I got it and a good but non-traditional education. I would not trade the experience, but yes, I promptly left NYC after school. When I decided to go to graduate school, I had a different set of criteria. :)

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I actually got forced into mine. I had NO interest in learning programming. I kind of do now but not back then. I am glad though one of our instructors told me something that still haunts me to this day. "Today when you go home, I want you to look in the mirror . . . that's the person that's stopping your from success'. I didn't get it what it meant then but I do now.
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I studied in many paid schools, but they taught me badly there. When I transferred to the state, there I paid a lot of attention to my studies, and the teachers also treated us well.

Re: Why did you choose your school?

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I chose ASU because of location and scholarships. It's a great school, but I think I would have prefered a place like Cincinnati that has more co-ops.
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Re: Why did you choose your school?

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I had my 20th college reunion last October. It is interesting to think of my school choice 25 years after I made it. Initially I chose RISD for a number of reasons:

1 - Reputation. Not the best reason, but they do a great job of convincing high school art teachers and guidance counselors that they are awesome. With several authority figures recommending it to me, it had an influence.

2 - Feel. I visited RIT, Pratt, Syracuse, Art Center, and talked to people at CCS. RISD just kind of felt right to me. The city setting, in a small, manageable city, the feel of the campus, the art school vibe. It just clicked.

3 - Location. I was a small town boy from New York State. I wanted to be in a city, but NYC was a little intimidating, and maybe too close to home at just a 90 minute train ride. Art Center felt too far. At 4.5 hours away by car, RISD had that right feel of being on my own, but not too far. I could still get home in 2 trains and a switch from Penn Station to Grand Central.

As some of you might know, I had a love/hate with the school for a long time based on my experiences there, but as time has gone on the good has seemed to out weight the bad. What the school lacked in core skill building and industry connections it made up for in critical thinking, rigor/work ethic, and the connections to fellow alumni. Going back and seeing folks I hadn't seen in 20 years in some cases there was an irreplaceable bond.
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I had been at the University of Maryland in Business Administration from 87-91 and then MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 91 building a portfolio with the intention of applying to CCS and Art Center.

I was accepted at both but the trimesters and cost of Art Center were just too much (since it was the third school I'd been at, my parents said "enough, we're not paying anymore") so I was paying for it myself (or so I thought).

CCS offered me scholarships and grants and I was going to be lobbying to transfer a good number of credits from UofM and MICA so I chose CCS. The program was outstanding from the start - John Steiner and Tom Molyneaux still stand out as amazing instructors in my mind. The opportunities were great and the jobs coming out were plentiful - it helped that I was a little older than the other students, I tended to take everything more seriously and graduated at the top of my class.

The icing on the cake was this; At my graduation, my Mom handed me a check for my entire student debt - she said, "We were always going to pay for this but we wanted you to be motivated". That was very cool.
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