Not sure about School?

I am really re-thinking my current situation in school! For those who know me this post is not news, but for those who don’t here is the situation:

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I have been programming for many years. Back in San Francisco I used to use java, yes there was a time where java applets were cool! However, when I need to start working on the web I searched many web technologies (jap, asp, php), but nothing really excited me. Then I found ColdFusion MX, and loved it, and it was a J2EE server just to make it better`-`

After a while of using ColdFusion, I discovered flash remoting, and with using Actionscript 2.0 it easy to create flash interfaces for my ColdFusion applications, a term called Rich Internet Applications. Since then I have been very, very interested in flash design, as when I see many of the great flash websites, just take a look on 2advanced.com and you will see what I mean I have been wanting to learn design. I feel if I can learn design well since I already know programming I will become a more complete web dude

I have been going to school here in Hawaii, and I started taking the design courses last semester, which went great. However, this semester has not been going well at all!

I started to take an Introduction to Design, and I found the teacher not helpful, and assumed that the students understood design, and so she was not there to help you, and would not answer any questions or help. I dropped this class very quickly!

I am also taking an Introduction to drawing class, which started out okay, but the teacher has turned it into an advanced drawing class, and yes assumes that you have been drawing for years. When I asked him why is there not a class for people who have no experience, such as a pre drawing class, I was told that people take this class twice or three times, and then this class becomes the pre drawing class. Also that I should look into taking a class at one of the art galleries if I am looking for a basic drawing class. The drawing teacher on the other hand is a very nice guy, and will help you, it is just the class is so over my head.

So why take an Introduction to X if you already know the subject matter? This makes no sense to me. Call me crazy, but I have taking many Computer Science classes and the introduction course also assumed that you know nothing, and for me Introduction to java was where I learn to program in java.

This really makes me sad as this program requires a very detailed portfolio entrance, and you really need to be a very good artist to be accepted into the program, and without it you cant take any classes.

This is why I am sad, as I already said it is a great program, but if I don’t become a great artist, and if I cant find people to teach you, then it most likely will not happen, and then I will never get into the program. Maybe I will need to find another school where they don’t except such high levels in drawing, and if fact I love drawing, and design. I am practicing drawing everyday, both on paper, and in flash & illustrator too!

Even if I do stay I will have to wait one year before I can start to take the design classes due to the fact that the portfolio only comes at the end of spring term. Furthermore, looking at the Introduction to Design course next term I see the same teacher is the instructor, and therefore it is not a good idea to re-take the class with her, as I already know it is going to be bad.

Then there is repeating the drawing class, but how would it be any different then this term? Finally, there is the Introduction to Photography, a class I would love to take, but I am sure that the teacher will assume that I have been taking pictures for years, but the truth of the matter is that I have not, in fact I have never even owned a camera!

I am not sure what I will do about this; I wish that I could just enroll in a class and learn the material without feeling lost. I think that if you sign up for a class with no classes needed to take before that class then you should be able to take the class do the work, and afterwards learning a little about the subject matter. After all it is an Introduction to X class, and you’re not going to be an expert after taking one class.

Wish me luck learning design

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