Hello, I'm a complete alien so some questions may be too evident.
I'd like to get a degree in computer graphics (something like physically-based animation and rendering) in a major American university. I'm a Russian national with German residency, never been to US. I already have a degree in applied mathematics and 7 years of experience as a software engineer in Russia and Germany (not directly related to computer graphics). That makes my question complicated, since I don't need most of the courses for a computer science degree (I only need those directly related to computer graphics). What should I do? Which university to apply? Is it actually possible? Whom should I speak to? An advisor or a specific professor or another faculty member?
How much may it cost? I have 20.000-30.000$ to spend.