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Don’t Bother With Art School

I never went to art school myself, so the following is conjecture on my part from what I have learned by reading other artists blogs, specifically watching the interview on ChrisOatley.com with Noah Bradley. After all my research I have decided art school is not worth the aggravation, or waste of money. Read the rest of the article, and think about what I have to say, but do your own research before making your final decision.

If you do decide to go to art school you will be paying a hefty sum in tuition, …

“Tuition Rates for Art Schools

When it comes down to it, it’s pretty difficult to find an affordable option for art school. Most four-year art degrees come with hefty price tags. In fact, a report by the U.S. Department of Education confirms that several of the 25 most expensive schools are art schools, including:

Why is Art School So Expensive?

Although the schools listed above are the most expensive art schools, many other art programs have similarly high tuition rates. However, in addition to paying upwards of $30,000 a year for tuition, prospective art students also have to consider the other fees they’ll have to pay if they get into one of these schools.

Take Pratt Institute, for example. This private art college in Brooklyn outlines how much students have to pay in addition to their tuition. Here’s the breakdown of art school fees:

  • Academic/Activity Fees: $950
  • Technology Fee: $530
  • Room/Board: $11,600
  • Books/Supples: $3,000
  • Local Transportation: $1,200
  • Personal: $1,800
  • Health Services: $330
  • TOTAL: $19,410

That’s right — students at Pratt Institute pay nearly $20,000 in fees ON TOP of their tuition. That’s twice the cost of tuition at some state schools. With the cost of fees and tuition combined, the average net cost of attending art school is $42,000. It’s critical that students take these additional fees into consideration when they think about how they’re going to finance an art education.” (read full article)

… , and you will have to get a loan to afford it. you must ask yourself “Is it worth that much sacrifice for such little gain?”, even if you learn a lot, still you must ask yourself “Is it worth it?” In this modern age there are many alternatives for learning art on the internet with sites including YouTube, CG Cookie, Ctrl+Paint, Feng Zhu Design, Proko, etc…the list could go on for pages. Albeit not all of them are free, they are still vastly more affordable than the cheapest art school.You can also learn how to create art from books, either by buying them or borrowing them from the local library. This option my seem outdated, but you learn just as much if not more as you would online because there are fewer distractions.  It is just you and your learning materials.

The best part about both of these options is they can be completed in the ease, and comfort of your home. You can complete them at your own rate without being pressured by others, or stressed by other outside distractions. The only option actually requiring you to venture out is borrowing books from the local library, other than that relax at home and enjoy your learning experience!


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