So I've taking a long road and find myself applying to various (ok, all) Industrial Design schools in my hometown of Montreal.
-Université de Montreal - Design Industriel
-Université de Québec à Montréal - Design de l'Environment
-Cégep du Vieux Montreal - Design Industriel
-Dawson College - Industrial Design
-Université de Laval - Design de Produits (actually in Quebec City, not Montreal)
Now, I was taking a practical approach to do this because I don't have a stellar transcript from my previous studies: pick the one I'm accepted to and make the best if it! The problem, and a good one, is that so far I've been accepted into 3 of 5, and am still waiting for replies from 2.
The list was in my original order of preference.
I would rather a bachelor degree over a college degree, but 4 years vs 3 years is a factor.
UQaM is a bachelor of only 3 years, but it's more of a general design degree and I don't see how I can make that "work" for me withou being an obvious stepping stone.
I'm still waiting on a reply from my first all around choice, UdeM.
I was accepted at both colleges, Dawson and Vieux Montreal... My original pick between the two was Vieux Montreal because it would have been a more unfamiliar experience for me. However, of the two, Dawson was the only one to require a portfolio and test students in some way, and I made their cut.
There are no right or wrong, or clear cut answers here.
But if anyone cares to share any experiences they had with the above schools, or from people they have met from these schools and their work, I'd appreciate it all! Feel free to PM.