So, DeviantArt asked today about going back to school and I figured you guys would be interested in my responses! They have an interview included as well here. Questions for deviants going back to art school:
- How well do you feel that the arts institution in which you are currently enrolled is serving your intended purpose?
This will be my first year at SCAD in Savannah, and I previously attended CSM in Maryland in the past year. While CSM was interesting, it was liberal arts program and not very dedicated to its’ art students. They tried, and had great faculty, but overall it was a disappointment. SCAD SAV however, seems to be right up my alley. They were willing to take me aside the three times I went down and review my portfolio and talk to me. The students were friendly and exciting to be around.
- What is your advice to other deviants considering enrollment in an arts school?
LOOK! Don’t be too swept away by all the hype of people saying their school is better. The school that is best is the one that gets you. I went to SCAD three times before making my decision after looking at Pratt School in NY, Arcadia in Pennsylvania, the Antonelli Institue, Hallmark School of Photography, Art Academy of San Francisco, the Art Institutes and Columbia College Chicago (gosh it doesn’t seem like that many). I got told by a lot of other people that one school was better for this reason, or that reason, but it didn’t matter.
- How much emphasis is placed on the arts as an essential part of any student's general education in your school?
I graduated from high school two years ago, and I have to say, the Arts were getting the short end of the stick. We had a core student group of maybe nine or ten, and the classes were filled with people who had simply been put into the class, even the Advanced Placement classes. They didn’t do work and often broke things they were supposed to be touching in the first place. We were always short on funding, had a lack of supplies and an overall lack of leadership from the department chair. However, the faculty was wonderful and I really bonded with them.
- In your art classes, do you feel you are acquiring the skills and information that could lead to a real career in the arts?
It really depended on the teacher. Two of the four teachers I felt like I was getting real world application, and the rest, not so much.