Based in California’s Bay Area, Jacob emphasized the importance of family, but was also drawn to the East Coast for art colleges. He wanted to make sure wherever he went, he’d be amongst a diverse, open-minded community of peers and also surrounded by potential contacts within the animation industry.
As you imagine your own college experience, do you picture yourself in a bustling, vibrant city like NYC with gallery openings and live events every night of the week, or in a smaller city or college town, free from distraction so you can remain focused in the studio?
Look at the communities both in and around the college campus. Do most students live and work on or off campus? Where do other students spend their time? Will you be in the heart of an urban center with a thriving art scene, or in a college town? What’s happening artistically outside the college campus? Are there nearby galleries, studios, or companies that are hiring?
The best way to get a feel for this is to visit in person, if you can. But you can also talk to current and former students. Reach out via social media, or see if the school can put you in touch.