Art school offers a plethora of opportunities and experiences that you might not have access to at normal four year college. However, the supposed uncertainty that comes with a degree in the arts might be dissuading you from taking a leap of faith and going to art school. Here are a few reasons why you should follow your gut; and your dreams.
If you’re interested in the arts, going to a school that specializes in the arts will give you more opportunities
If you want to major in something artistic or related to the arts, going to a school that specializes in that specific area has insurmountable advantages. Not only will you be taught by professors who have made their mark in the art world, you’ll have access to state of the art (no pun intended) equipment. You’ll be able to showcase your work not only for your professors and peers, but for the public in school events. This may lead to internships or job opportunities down the road. Additionally, many artists and art organizations turn to art schools to look for future employees. Art schools don’t leave their students hanging after graduation, but help to start their careers.
The creative environment will rub off on you
Being surrounded by art and other artists’ work will undoubtedly help you and your own creative path. Being immersed in an environment that’s creative and deviates from the norm will inspire you to break boundaries, come up with new ideas, and think outside the box. It doesn’t matter which artistic major you plan on pursuing; all mediums of art can be related back to each other. You’ll never feel uninspired or at a loss for what to create; and if you do, it won’t be for long. Your peers and professors will motivate you to go above and beyond everything you thought was possible, and encourage you along the way.
You’ll meet likeminded people
If art is what you’re interested in and passionate about, you’re bound to meet a myriad of likeminded artistic people. You’ll be able to bond over your mutual hobbies and goals and will forge valuable friendships that can last a lifetime. Art school has a sense of community that you might not find at a typical four year college; at least, not one that is specifically geared towards your passion. Apart from making meaningful connections with people, living and studying with other artists is just… fun. If you felt out of place in high school, or as if you couldn’t relate to anyone, you might just find your niche in art school. One might even go as far to refer to it as the island of misfit toys.
There are lots of affordable art schools
If cost is what’s dissuading you from going to an art school, don’t fret. Art school is notorious for being expensive, but you don’t necessarily need to go to an expensive one. Many large public schools have art schools within them, and have created entire creative communities separate from the rest of the school, which is a cheaper alternative to private school. There are also public art schools that stand alone. But if you did choose to go the private school route, private schools have more resources and tend to give more money out to students in need than other schools. Art school can be very financially feasible if you investigate your options on where you can go and how to pay.