Let me preface this by saying I have read many, many threads, and am hoping for some situationally-specific feedback.
I am a recent Central Florida grad with a BFA in graphic design and a BA in studio arts. I have wanted to be an industrial designer since before I started school, but there are no real options here in FL. Now I'm planning to go for my Master's, plus probably a semester or 2 of undergrad studies to fill in some my gaps, such as sketching and prototyping, which a lot of schools are willing to do or even encourage.
Here's my problem: I have to go out of state, and I want to go to the best possible school. So how do I choose? I need to narrow it down so I can apply to a reasonable number. I don't care where it is, as long as it provides an excellent opportunity/environment. I've done the college experience, so at this point I just want the best possible education. Currently, I've found 16 that seem like they will fit my needs. I'm hoping for feedback on which schools seem to be producing especially good students and work. I know that a lot of it depends on the student themselves, but I honestly just need help narrowing down the list. I have read so many forums, but I just ended up *adding* 2 more schools. Please help! I know it's subjective, but I'll take it! I've attached a spreadsheet with names and rankings from different sites, which haven't been entirely helpful. If they've made the list then, as far as I can tell, they have the right balance of design and engineering and conceptualization for me. The green schools are ones I will definitely apply to. I need a safety school or 2 and a few others, so bring on the opinions! And if you work somewhere and receive lots of portfolios and don't mind me picking your brain about them, please let me know!
Thank you! x 1,000