Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
DO IT FOR THE PASSION, NOT THE PAY
As a student of the arts, I dread the question, “What are you going to do with that degree?” followed by, “You know you’re not going to make any money, right?” It’s frustrating trying to explain your passion to someone not quite as free-spirited. Art School is for the creative, the unique and the uncensored who have already developed their craft. Art school is where writers, dancers, designers, thespians, and painters discuss history and technique instead of politics and mutual funds. We are AWESOME and, yes, a little weird.
Though art schools don’t attract the most number of students, it’s continuing to gain interest. More than 944,000 students were enrolled in Visual and Performing Arts programs during the 2012 school year, and 115,000 degrees were earned.* Also, students have no limits to their income possibilities, between full time work and freelancing opportunities. Not to mention the work life balance of doing what you love at your studio on your own schedule. One major difference between art schools and major universities is the application process. In addition to the usual requirements, you’ll also have to audition or submit a portfolio. Chalk it up to one of the many reasons getting a degree from art school is a lot more work than getting many other degrees.
So, whether you want to be the next famous musician or the best graphic designer, art school is NOT easy. Yes, you’ll learn how to cultivate your creativity and skill as you study new techniques. But, you’ll also feel the pressure of deadlines and weight of a professor’s criticism while learning to live on caffeine and minimal sleep. At the end of the day, your brain and body will hurt, but your heart will love you as you follow that longtime passion.
*National Center for Education Statistics
*Bureau of Labor Statistics
*SCAD, “Portfolio and Writing Guidelines”