I got into a couple schools for a master's in ID and needed some help to pick the right school. I'm currently a mechanical engineering major.
For me, it boils down to either a 3 year MFA in Transportation Design at CCS, or a 3 year MID in Industrial Design at Georgia Tech.
I'll number the questions to make it easier:
1. I've heard that Transportation Design is a pretty cut throat field, and if I were to learn it now, I might not be able to cope up with the work done by people who've been doing it since high school/undergrad. Will it be hard to get a job in the field after graduating? (I've been sketching since middle school, but lack any formal education in design)
2. Those who have graduated from Georgia Tech, or any other school that offers ID but isn't really mentioned around much (state schools and such), do you think you'd still match up with those who passed out of Art Center or RISD?
3. I keep reading about how the portfolio is essentially the only thing a company looks at while hiring, and that the school doesn't matter. How much of that is true? And how much would the school itself influence the portfolio?
4. Does anyone know what the design scene in Atlanta and Detroit (Or Michigan in general) is like?
5. Considering I have a background in engineering, would getting an education from Georgia Tech help me a land a job that requires expertise from both fields (if such jobs even exist)?
6. Would anyone recommend going to either NCSU, Philadelphia University, RIT or University of Houston. They offer the same 3 year master's course as well, and it's considerably cheaper, but I'd rather not jeopardize the quality of my portfolio that I'll graduate with.