It was the spring of 2001. I was applying to all sorts of places, and most especially was eager to get into OCAD.
The portfolio reviews were the most important part for one to get accepted and I felt really nervous. Literally all I had were a few sketch books. No big paintings and such, and to be frank I was applying for graphic design not fine arts.
My interview at OCAD consisted of meeting with an instructor and 2 alumni. They flipped through my work without much feedback. The instructor smiled but did not ask many questions.
Finally, they asked if I had any questions for them.
“Just one,” I reply and turned towards the alumni, “Now that you’ve gone through this program, what do you do now?” I think I was hoping for something like, agency or at least freelancing.
“Ooh, uh, we are just helping out around campus.” In other words jobless.
I thanked them all quickly for their time and left feeling a little jaded.
The following week, I went to the George Brown interview and although the school was not as grandiose in size nor reputation, it at least offered a very decent graphic design program.
The instructor who interviewed me was a friendly down to earth person. He seemed really positive about my work and success. My impression of the school was much better because of him.
In the end, I don’t regret my choice at all. I have since let go of 2 OCAD graduates from an agency I worked at because of lack of technical savvy. My education at Brown was really well rounded and I began receiving freelance clients in my second year if college.
Even the one guy in my generation who stayed at the school to help out is now working there teaching and developing the game design program.
Keep in mind this was a decade ago. They may have changed their design program since then. I just have not had very good confidence in their graduates.