I'm currently a high school senior and need to make my college decisions soon. I have always loved science and art and am basing my college decision on a prospective career in scientific illustration. I have narrowed down my choices to three schools but I am not quite sure which one would benefit me the most and am looking for a little guidance.
I have put a lot of considerations into all three schools but in the interest of not writing a novella, the gist comes down to:
-One school has a medical illustration program (which I have been accepted into after a portfolio review--I do have a small illustration portfolio already, it needs work but everyone starts somewhere).
-One school is one I would attend for a biology major and possibly some sort of art minor.
-One school is one I would attend for an individualized major; the school is very large and offers plenty of biology, anatomy, and pre-med classes along with art classes. It barely has a core curriculum so I could shape it to mirror a medical/scientific illustration degree but make it very heavy in sciences. Sort of the best of both worlds but it has a hefty price tag and I worry a little about how individualized majors are perceived.
At this point I have no plans to attend graduate school but I do plan to become certified no matter what direction I take. An advantage to the last two schools is that both are in New York City and I could get my certification from the New York Botanical Garden whenever I could afford the time and money.
As a note: I'm not too picky as to scientific vs. medical illustration. To my understanding medical illustrators do have steadier, higher-paid work but I love both fields equally and in the end the pay is not important to me as long as I have enough to support myself.
From what I've seen, a lot of illustrators come out of illustration programs while others are science majors. I don't think I can really go wrong at any school but I'm hoping to pick the brains of a few seasoned illustrators just to make sure I'm on the right track--And if anyone wants to voice opinions about anything specific or steer me in a certain direction, I'm more than happy to listen. What sorts of things should I be doing and looking out for to put myself towards the best path, both in college and beyond?
Any tips or guidance are appreciated.