Re: Help about furthering studies
I don't have a lot of time to spend here, I will only point out what is most important and clearify some of the confusion, the rest you can find out by searching on the web.
1. What is Electrical Engineering, E&E, Electronic engineering:
Historically, engineering is divided into 3 major divisions: Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. Civil engineering involves mainly in constructions; mechanical mainly in machanical machinaries; electrical in electrical power generation distribution, and the electrical machines that make use of electrical power. However, with the discovery of radio and the electron, commucation and other devices like radio, radar, telephones can be made using these basic discoveries. Hence the creation of electronic engineering as a department in some universities. Some universities retain the name electrical engineering but covers both. In the last few decades, the electronics portion of the electrical engineering department has advances to cover semiconductor devices, computer design and architecture, software and many many other branches. Please note, in universities like Harvard, it used to be part of Engineering and Applied Science.
So, don't worry too much about the names, it is the content that counts.
2. Computers started in the Applied Sciience or Electrical Engineering disciplines, you will see early computers built in both departments. Programming the computers used to be part of the job of the engineers, as the discipline grew, it turns out that part of programming relates closely to the hardware (physical machine), but there is a big portion that need to be developed independent of the hardware. Areas in algorithms, theoretical computing, information theory ... Today, you will find computer courses offered as part of the electrical engineering department, or grew out of the electrical engineering department to be called computer engineerng (or just called EECS), computer science being offered as part of the EE or EECS department, Applied Science or just computers science not related to EE or Applied science department at all.
3. ICT (information and computer technology), is a term mostly used by non technical people to call what comes out of the electrical engineering and computer revolution. Software engineering is a subset of computer science, so is multimedia technology.
4. Digital art is art generated digitally (computers), it can be a printed art, animation ... Computer animation and digital animation are the same. Almost all computers you see now are digital. Graphics design used to be called industrial arts, engineering blue prints, architectural drawings etc. It has now mostly done with computers.
Don't get worried too much about the names, if you have good fundamental you can branch into anyone of those sub fields. If you are not strong in fundamental, you are going to have problems.
5. If you do not like programming, don't do computer science. If you do not like circuits, why do you want to do electrical/electronic engineering? If you choose those fields, you will spend significant portion of your life working on things you do't like.
6. Getting all As in SPM is good, but not that good yet. The SPM exam do not have the range and resolution to differentiate the really good students from the all or mostly A students. If you go to the top universities, you will find many bright students willing to spend many hours in circuits and programming.
7. There is a shortage of good engineers in Silicon Vally. The average pay of engineers now is over US$100,000.00 a year.