sacredsanctuary asked: Hello ^u^ I'm currently a junior (HS) & I recently stumbled upon Rmcad while searching for colleges. It looks great from the outside but I'd love to hear from a student, would you mind if I bugged yah with a few questions? ^.^
Not at all! I’m a junior there right now, but I actually took the semester off to clear my head and make some big life decisions. I am currently unclear of whether or not I am going back. I originally started as an illustration major who took a bunch of animation credits because I want to do character design for animation. But lately I’ve been working more on my own personal paintings and have considered whether or not I’m gonna work a stable job in an animation studio doing other people’s work, or be risky and try to make it into galleries with my own work.
Now don’t get me wrong, rmcad is a beautiful place with some of the most caring and talented teachers who not only care about your work, but also you as a student. And I have also made some amazing friends with hella talent and made a lot of progression since I’ve been there. But I’m insure of whether it’s the place for me anymore.
Rmcad has undergone a lot of changes in the past year due to a decrease in on campus students, and an increase in online students. Now this isn’t something specific to rmcad, it actually seems to be quite common for schools right now. But because of this rmcad has moved all of their liberal arts classes such as art history, math, sociology, etc. to online. Meaning you will not have any actual lecture hall classes, which obviously for art students can be a bummer since it’s very hard for a lot of us to learn online. But all studio classes can be taken on campus.
Along with this rmcad’s scheduling is a little different. Instead of taking a studio class twice a week for 3 hrs each day, you now have a studio class twice a week for 6 hrs each day. This doubled because rmcad cut it’s semesters in half. Instead of a 16 week semester you now have 8 week semesters. This means that instead of taking 4 classes at a time you will only take 2.
For some people this can be really beneficial because you get to focus more on one piece, with less distractions from other assignments and you learn to work faster. But for some it can be harder because they feel more rushed on homework due to the shorter timeframe. So it kinda depends on your own preferences, but I believe some other top schools such as scad does this.
Whether or not rmcad is the place for you also depends on what major you are. Illustration is definitely the strongest, but is often the case with most art schools. I would definitely say go somewhere else if your looking to get into animation, fine art, or game art. The interior design program and graphic design are pretty good from what I’ve seen.
Because of all the changes that occurred and because they happened so rapidly, a lot of the student population was very pissed off and stressed, and a good amount has left to go to other schools.
I would also highly encourage you to look at this —> https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/138c5efd45e9
But if you do this realize that you have to be incredibly dedicated and that your progress all depends on you, not because of some professor pushing you to make better work.