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Seems like it's been awhile again, always falling behind. But right now I'm in the midst of a pretty chaotic period of productivity in an attempt to get everything pulled together for my portfolio! Which is quite exciting and also rather terrifying.

But all that aside, after giving up hopes of American schooling due to overwhelming cost issues, I'm applying for two schools to the East, the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, trying to continue the pursuit of a degree in Illustration. I'm still not sure if I'll even get into either, but I've been trying to decide which to choose between the two if it came down to that, and I was wondering if there are any students or knowledgable folk out there who might offer their opinion or some helpful advice? I'm kind of leaning more towards Sheridan just because their Illustration program seems to be very well-reputed, but I'd still love to hear your thoughts!
Any portfolio advice for either of those schools would also be more than welcome!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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medrazerblade Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG just came back from Ontario university fair and this is my exact thoughts right now!!!
So even i cant help you but if you got a great advice please help me too!!
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pinkyaliya Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What did you end up choosing? I got into OCADU for 3D environmental design but... i feel like it will be a dead end
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theumbrella May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm at OCADU and it's been pretty good! I know nothing about the environmental design program though so I don't know what to say about that, but I've seen some interesting work from that program.
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pinkyaliya May 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you think you can talk to someone in the program in fourth year? And ask them about what they're doing the next year?
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theumbrella May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Sorry, I don't really know anyone from that department. You might be able to find someone online though!
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pinkyaliya May 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no prob! Thank you for your time
and all the best in the future!
How do you like it there?
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hi, i actually just found your thread through google. you ended up going to ocad? if it's not too much to ask, how do you feel about it, since you're probably almost done your first year there now.
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theumbrella Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Sorry about the late reply! In the midst of finals, there is little else to do but work work work.

I have had very mixed feelings about OCAD over this past year, though the toughest time was last semester when I wasn't as good at picking my profs and when I expected a lot more from the school. I almost tried to transfer into Sheridan, but the commute still proves too daunting in both cost and time. However this current semester a lot of things changed and I feel a lot better about the program, mainly due to some incredible profs and my own decision to try and make the best about whatever projects they give me. It is a program that requires you to be very self-driven since there isn't as much of a foundation of basic drawing skill but if you're able to develop that outside of school it's well worth it. I think ultimately you only get as much out of any school as you put into it, since no school is going to just give you the tools to make great illustrations.

I have no idea if any of that helps you at all, but I hope it does at least a little bit! Are you thinking of going to OCAD or trying to decide between the two?
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venomousrage-x Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I also stumbled upon it on google. xD I'm wondering about how their job rate is.
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Terabetha Feb 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm currently at OCAD in their Material Art and Design (MAAD) program and I'm loving it. As others have said before me, first year OCAD is more focused on design, but taking classes like 'Design Process' really helped me get my head around the professional aspects of art. While it might not be the most thrilling as far as first year course options, it's still a great school, with great faculty and the teachers have been really encouraging. The only downside I can think of is that OCAD tends to have expensive fees, but they make up for this with very open policies about the use of their workshops and school resources. For instance, just because I'm focusing on metalwork, this doesn't limit me from taking the occasional course in ceramics or textiles. OCAD is great about giving you a rounded learning experience.

I couldn't imagine myself being anywhere else! :)
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