My Girlfriend Wants To Go Back To School For Design...and I'm a lousy guidance counselor.
February 4, 2011 1:00 PM Subscribe
So my girlfriend wants to get into a design field and go back to school for it. What's the fastest and most affordable way for that happen in a meaningful way?
posted by rileyray3000 to education (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend has decent job as a legal secretary and hates it. She had been planning on going back to school in some way when her mom got sick. She spent two years caring for her, she passed and took about a year to get back to decent place. Now she wants to get back on track and I promised to help her with it. She wants to go to a job everyday that she loves and she needs to find a way to get there.
She says: "I don't know for certain what precisely that will be I know for certain that it will involve some form of design, and because I find myself so often with ideas that really must be translated into some tangible image (ie. a drawing or model) I've decided that it only makes sense that I learn to draw/draft…but mostly draft in a technical sense. To give you a little more context, here are a few things that interest me and/or I'd like to accomplish with this new direction: a) Industrial designer; specifically gadgets, furniture, medical equipment b) Architectural drafting; specifically renovation, revitilization w a bend towards recycling and high enviromental standards c) Set design for theatre or film d) DWELL magazine contributor/writer :)"
She's been considering Los Angeles Community Colleges, DeVry, ITT Tech, Academy of Art University and Otis. She's not sure which one is the most feasible. What she wants is the one that will get her to place that will give her a skill that can actually be be useful as a career.
I personally vote for the one that she can do while holding onto her current job so that she can ride out the economy but that's me. I'm not sure her ambitions make the most sense in their focus but this isn't really my expertise. I'm hoping one of you out there in the technical design fields might be able to offer a little more clarity.
So what should I tell her to do here? What's the coursework or school that makes most sense for the things she's talking about? Or do I need to get her to settle on something before she can start taking classes in it?