Just like the title says, after taking a long hard look at doctoral programs I finally realized that I am not passionate enough about anything to study at a doctoral level. A doctoral degree does not have any benefits in my current career either. Study Animation you say? Animation has always been a hobby of mine. I have dabbled with it but never truly studied it. I looked at the Art Institues but they cater to full time students with no family or work obligations. So, I chose Full Sail Universtiy. It's about $27K cheaper and you get a new computer with all the high-end software needed for animation. My GI Bill, whats left of it, will cover most of the tuition and there are other veteran funding options out there so I shouldn't have to come out of pocket too much if at all. Full Sail is NA not RA but in this area it's all about the portfolio and demo reel and not so much where the degree came from.