tl:dr Learn on your own and save your hard-earned money.Hard to answer since I know so little about you; you don’t even mention what major you’ll pursue so I’m going to assume a few things.You’re young – under 21.You don’t really know what you want to do.
You have no single consuming passion.You aren’t sure about your career prospects and have done only a little research into the possibilities out there.You haven’t done a lot of personal work yet, where a lot is defined as a major production like an independent film or a large graphic novel or an installation, or have started a business.All these things are OK – everyone starts somewhere.However if this is the case the answer to your question, in my opinion is: Neither.
No design or multimedia design or game design or animation school is worth the tuition.It’s doubtful that any undergraduate programming degree is worth the money, but that’s more debatable.Learn from the internet, spend as little as possible.
Push yourself to complete a variety of projects, alone, or in groups, and post everything to the internet.Assuming you are 18 or younger – before you turn 22 you’ll have a very good idea of what you know, what you don’t know, and who you should be pursuing to fill in the gaps.Then, maybe, school is the answer, but I doubt it.
You might be skeptical because society and your parents and pretty much everyone else from high school onward have guided you towards spending a pile of dough on a school where you’ll learn the basics to get a job.Sounds good in theory, but unless you are the top 1 or 2 in your graduating class there is no job waiting for you, at least not one that’s worth the costs.So what you’ll end up doing is learning a lot on your own (if you’re smart) or you’ll re-evaluate your life choices and go into a trade or go back to school.
Now I could be wrong about you – maybe you’re really well suited for the work you’ll eventually choose but in that case, you might as well just get down to it now, save yourself the mountain debt that you’ll be enslaved to for a minimum of 4 years after you ‘graduate’, a meaningless term, and then get a job with the companies that you’ve done so much work researching, or start out on your own.For myself, more than the money I wasted in school was the fact that schools are equipped to teach you about one type of career, or one approach to that career and the world is vastly more complex and interesting than that.
I would say Carleton myself and not just because that is my own alma mater.You also live here so it will be a lot easier to move and acclimate.Plus it’s closer to home, assuming you currently live with the folks.
It may not seem like it now, but it’s always nice to go home from time to time.Aside from that it would depend on the degree you will obtain afterwards.If you have any choice other than arts, take it.
It’ll be way harder, but at least the degree will be worth more than the frame it’s haning in afterwards.