I'll just jump in here. I hope I don't retread anything that's already been mentioned. In my skimming of this topic, someone mentioned a fear that there won't be any jobs for someone who majored in Illustration. That fear is well justified, but shouldn't necessarily be prohibitive. It all comes down to how smart you are about what you learn while you're in school. I wasn't all that smart and sort of had to play catch up after school. I also majored in illustration and had a "thing" about design. "I don't want to be a designer, I want to be an illustrator. I'm going to blow off my design classes." Bad idea. Fortunately, I got I didn't completely give myself over to that attitude and actually got quite a bit out of some of them. I also took Photoshop classes which gave me a great platform to build some experience on. Experience is the key here. The benefit of art school over a "regular" college is that you are immerses in that kind of work and get more direct experience with it. Ad companies love people who can draw and create traditional art, but very few of them have the need to keep an illustrator on staff. Learn about design, learn about printing, learn about the web, learn to see beauty and excitement and coolness in doing ads about pet food and shoelaces because, trust me... those are kinds of jobs you'll start out with. Just my two cents. Don't blow off anything and learn every darn thing someone will teach you.