Choosing an Art School? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick
Jeff Hindenach | ArtBistro
Looking for an art school that’s a perfect fit for you? Narrowing down all the possibilities can be daunting. There are so many factors to consider, so many questions to be answered.
We’re here to help. We’ve consolidated all your questions into five key factors to consider when picking an art school. Follow these guidelines and you’re sure to find the perfect fit.
Do They Specialize in My Program?
First and foremost, make sure the school specializes in your intended program. Many schools may offer the medium you want to study, but if they don’t specialize in it the classes might not be as detail-oriented as they could be at a school that focuses on your area of study.
Schools are often ranked differently, depending on who is ranking them and the criteria used. Look at as many different ranking lists as you can and try to average out the numbers. Research the professors’ credentials. Check for awards and accreditation in your field. Gather as much information on each school as possible, instead of going off a single ranking.
How Big Are the Classes?
Class size can be a big motivator in picking an art school. Some people thrive with more attention and guidance, so they need smaller class sizes. Others like to be left to grow on their own, so they will be just fine in an over-sized lecture hall.
After you’ve narrowed down your search to a few schools, take a trip to each and make sure that you sit in on a couple of classes to get a better idea of class size. It can also be a good indicator of how involved the professors are with their students and how in-depth the classes are.