I'm a second year english student. I started as a sociology major first year but quickly realized it wasn't what I wanted to do and switched into english. While I find what I study in most of my classes to be mostly interesting, I also sometimes feel like I'm not really accomplishing much or doing something that is entirely fulfilling. I also wonder how useful my degree will inevitably be. My girlfriend seems convinced I should look into different programs based on what I've said to her.
She is an art student at Ocad, which is one of Canada's premier art and design schools located in Toronto (rivaled only by Emily Carr in Vancouver and perhaps whatever the east coast art school is). It's super hard to get in to, and it only offers programs in art and design as well as classes in english (which are required for the art programs).
She transfered there this year from the university I go to. At the beginning of the year when we would talk about our classes, I absolutely LOVED the sound of what she was doing. Studio classes in drawing and colour theory, as well as art history (which I am also taking and loving at my school), and I don't even remember the ones that sound interesting next semester. The kinds of things they have to do in her drawing class sound amazing; studying light, sketching reflections, texture, nude models, ect.
Today we had a huge conversation where she said that I should apply to go there because she believes I certainly have enough artistic talent/creativity to go, and because I am interested in her classes so much it seems like a perfect match. The idea is that I would get a double major in english and art. I would also love being able to take classes in design. The idea started off almost as a joke, but as we continued talking about it it started to make a lot of sense. From all the conversations we've had about her classes, as well as my art history class and my frequent trips to the art gallery, she really thinks I would do well and be much more fulfilled and interested with that kind of work.
I'm a little out of practice in sketching and drawing (I still do it, just not as much as I used to) but she believes with work I could get myself up to a high enough level of skill. She also thinks that with my understanding of composition and colour and other artsy stuff, plus the ideas I have about how to create art, I'd have no problem making the interview and creating an impressive portfolio based on her experience.
It's something I need to think about a lot more, but I was wondering what you guys think. Would this be a good idea? Does anyone have experience with art school, or with changing cities a second time (I don't go to school in my hometown so it would be my second move)? What principals would be best to make a decision like this on?