Trying to make an informed decision on whether pursuing a Master's degree in South Korea would yield a good return on the investment is proving to be somewhat challenging. If anyone has good information, I'd love to hear it.
Searching online I found that schools in South Korea do offer such degrees, no real surprise there.
I have also found some promising info on scholarships, especially the one where you get a full ride.
One of the biggest questions I have is how these programs rank. Which has close ties with the industry, highly rated professors, best facilities, etc.?
I hear the competition is fierce, I graduated Cum Laude from Columbus College of Art & Design, with a GPA of about 3.4 IIRC, is that good enough? I've read they offer only a couple of scholarships for my country (Israel) and I have no idea how many of my peers might apply (but I'm guessing no many, we mostly flock to Europe or the US.)
A little background information:
As mentioned, I live in Israel. I don't have any sort of foreign passport, which is a problem for an aspiring full time in house concept artist, as the industry in Israel is focused on social casino and facebook games.
I have a BFA majoring in illustration from Columbus College of Art & Design. I stayed in the US for a year after completing my degree (as allowed in my visa) in the hopes that I would find employment. When that fell through I flew to Germany to volunteer at GDC Eu before I came back home, hoping that by showing my portfolio and networking I could find a job in Europe. This past August was my 4th time volunteering at GDC Eu (+Gamescom) and it doesn't appear as though anything will change soon.
Last year I also visited Tokyo Game show with a business pass, trying to assess my chances (I'd need to learn Japanese) before heading to Seoul for the next two months to try my luck there.
I gave Korean game studios surprise visits. Sometimes I was politely kicked out, sometimes I couldn't pass the language barrier but sometimes I was invited in for a job interview, and I learned that I would need to learn the language to fit in, as they don't have as many international workers as an American or European studio might.
With mounting pressure from my parents (I still live with them, I'm ashamed to say) to change careers and start earning a living, I'm thinking outside the box in an attempt to keep my dream alive.