Hi, I am currently a high school senior and have spent hours upon hours visiting and researching and visiting colleges. I want to major in illustration, but have an interest in a broad range of art, including the traditional drawing/painting disciplines as well as graphic design and digital art. The schools I have visited are: SCAD, SAIC, Pratt, SVU, Ringling and Parsons. And I am very interested in MICA. I went to Ringling for PreCollege and had a very positive experience, although I have decided not to apply as Sarasota is not my ideal location for going to college. It is, imho, to far removed from any major arts industry locations. Of course nowhere can compare to NYC, but I am still seriously considering Chicago and Baltimore.
Basically, I just wanted to hear the opinions of those of you who are/have been students at any major arts school, or have children who have attended... keep in mind I care most about the illustration department. Like I said, my major interests are SVA and SAIC. I know about SAIC's prestige so I'd really like to hear about SVA... some of the reports on the online review sites do not look too promising, but those are from such a small pool of reviewers that I take them with a grain of salt. The overall feeling I got from visiting SVA was positive and energetic, which I like. I liked Pratt but they definitely had more of an institutional feel to me.
I have high test scores (33 ACT, 2040 SAT), GPA (3.9), and portfolio (has already been accepted by SAIC via personal review, MICA via portfolio day, and Ringling via precollege. The critique I get is mostly to work on personal style. I have a strong representation of observational work so it is the creative vision that I need to work on. It is the educational quality and overall experience of these schools that I am concerned about. I care about liberal arts emphasis as well.
Incidentally, my experience at Parsons was very negative; the whole admissions staff was very rude and not inclined to helping us. Basically telling them that we came all the way from TN to visit was the only way to get any decent assistance (btw, we had made reservations with them MONTHS prior to visiting.) In the end, we sort of gave up and spent our remaining time in NYC with SVA and Pratt.
Sorry my post is so long!! Just any general imput is appreciated! I'm open to anything. Regardless I am applying to SVA, Pratt, Parsons, SAIC and MICA. Despite being from rural TN I'd say I'm pretty streetsmart (both parents have lived in big cities like Wash. DC, Boston, and some in Europe) and don't get into trouble (not a drinker or partyer), so crime isn't a huge concern. I realize that it will be an issue in any major city and is mainly up to my personal decisions and competence in order to avoid it.