I'll try to make this brief but I am in an odd position currently (career-wise, not phyiscally) that needs some explaination.
I have a BFA in Design (Illustration)I received at an accredited art school. That was several years ago. Back then there wasn't many game related degrees and I sort of ended up with the degree I had hoping that would be sufficient to get a foot in the games industry. However, shortly after I graduated I came down with some chronic health issues of which I won't bore you with the details. I didn't think I could pull the hours needed to work on games with my issues. I had difficulty even making it through a 40 hour week. Ended up working crap jobs completely unrelated to art for several years while I learned to deal with my health problems, which I have some positive control of now. Having succesfully worked a lot of overtime at my last job I could care less about, I believe I can do the hours now in a job that I do. So I want to get back on track.
I currently find myself unemployed, and searching for jobs I don't want to do, as opposed to those I do want but don't have the specific qualifications for. With the job market in the toilet I thought I might use this an opportunity to go back to school and get a degree specifcally related to gaming (Game Design most likely). So I am looking for an Art School that fulfills certain needs.
1) Has strong instructors who are participating or recently participating in the industry and know what kind of portfolio I need to get in to a quality company.
2) Has good job placement and industry networking that will help me find a job when I graduate. Very important (I'm getting a little long in the tooth).
3) Preferably is near working game studios to help with networking and the like.
4) Provide me with the skills I need obviously.
5) Can transfer my credits from my last school so I'm not in school for another 4 years.
I was currently looking at something on the West Coast (mostly beacuse a lot of game companies seem to reside there), but I am open to other options.
So I would be appreciative of anybody with any knowledge, or their own personal experiences, who can give me some advice.