Planning on a BFA in Graphic Design

<p>I'm applying to SJSU, UCLA, and UC Davis, but I'm split between CCA/OTIS/Art Center/CalArts</p>

<p>I definitely want to stay in state to help keep my loans down and what not. Can anyone offer me some advice? </p>

<p>I'm thinking I should just lose UC Davis and apply to two art schools right now. What is acceptance for these art schools? Are they really competitive?</p>

<p>I plan to get a BFA in graphic design and double major with photography as well, and then later on get some work and then get a master's degree</p>

<p>just wondering which school you decided to attend?
I am studying Graphic Design and want to choose between San Jose State and Cal State East Bay.
Not sure if one may be better than the other</p>

<p>Better is hard to define. East Bay concentrates on digital media, whereas SJSU provides a more traditional GD course load. The BFA program in GD at SJSU is competitive. You take a series of pre-req's through your sophomore year, and then everyone who wants to continue submits their portfolio and only 26 get in each year (applications range from ~60-120+ depending on year). </p>

<p>I believe East Bay offers a BA degree (so does SJSU in addition). These programs are typically non-competitive and tend to be broader, less specialized without access to higher level classes in the speciality (true for GD but not Photo at SJSU so check your schools). </p>

<p>Which is better? Depends on you. In the end it's your portfolio that gets you the job. Within the art schools they will always say the BFA is the "better" degree, and if you want to specialize this is the way. It looks like East Bay has more digital but its hard to tell (I know more about SJSU). SJSU is heavily impacted right now, but East Bay probably is too. </p>

<p>It would be nice if graphotographer responds about the other choices. In general, those who choose a college over an art school get a lot more breadth, but at the expense of art focus. BTW, if you're factoring costs, heads up. Many who go CSU end up taking summer and winter courses in order to fill over subscribed requirements, and often take more years to finish (SJSU BFA GD program is a 5-1/2yr program if completed correctly). If you multiply out the costs of the extra semesters, the art schools with a shorter term just might compete on cost.</p>