It’s no secret that most creative professions are highly competitive. It’s no surprise, then, that a college degree in art education is becoming increasingly necessary for artists hoping to succeed in today’s tough job markets.
Choosing art education programs can be an exciting but daunting process. One has to consider many factors. Some of these include:
- academic program;
Below there are some tips on how to choose the art school that is best for you.
Check out the pedagogical staff
One of the great things about art classes is that many of the teachers are practicing artists. When considering different art schools, look at which program you are most likely to study. Research your potential professors. Without a doubt, it is important to know if they have similar interests, do they have skills that you would like to learn?
Are they well connected in the art world? Find out what is important to you in a teacher and see what you can learn about your potential teachers. Keep in mind: a successful artist does not always mean a great teacher.
Check out the graduates
Finding and researching alumni is also very helpful when choosing an art school. Alumni success can be a good indicator of a school’s quality. For example, if graduates are regularly recognized in art exhibitions, awards, or awards, this is a good indicator of a strong and relevant art school. But keep your specific goals in mind.
For example, how many graduates are self-directed artists and entrepreneurs? If you are working in this direction, an art school that reflects this direction may be more suitable for you.
Check out the equipment
It’s a great idea to get acquainted with the equipment of different art schools personally if possible. You may have specific requirements for your practice. For example, a fully equipped darkroom, a very large studio, a printing press, etc. Having an idea of what each school offers can help you make your final choice.
Check out their financial aid programs
Almost all art schools offer some form of financial aid program. Look for entry scholarships or aid, tenure-track funding (that is, funding available to students throughout all years of study), and awards relevant to your specific area of interest. If financial aid is a large part of your decision, it may be helpful to find out in advance what may be available to you.
Take into consideration other options
If you’re having trouble choosing or deciding on art education programs, don’t ignore correspondence or evening classes as a great way to pursue an arts education. Many people enter art school without clear goals, and that’s okay. But remain open to other options. Many art schools offer continuing education or evening classes. If you’re not 100% ready for a four-year commitment, taking one class at a time or attending art workshops is a great (and less expensive) way to test out the possibilities of art education.
Attending an art school can help you refine your talents and market your artistic or performance skills. It can also challenge you, broaden your horizons, and inspire you to take your art to a higher level. It’s the education and experience that art college gives you, not just your degree, that can help you lay the right foundation for your career as an artist. This means that the art school you choose to attend is just as important as the degree you earn.
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