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Choosing an Art School? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick

Choosing an Art School? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick

Jeff Hindenach | ArtBistro

Who Will Be Teaching Me?

A school can be world-renowned and still not be a good fit for you personally. Much of your success many come down to how you connect with your professors and what they offer as far as guidance and connections.

If you are more into the theory of art, choose a school whose faculty has a more cerebral approach to studies. If you want a more hands-on approach, find a faculty who have experience in the field and have had careers as successful artists in the real world. Your professors could be the key to your success, so make sure you are choosing them carefully.

Where Is the School Located?

It may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but think of the underlying benefits of studying in a city that breeds creativity. Think of studying in a small town in Iowa, as opposed to a school in the heart of New York or San Francisco. Although the class sizes may be smaller, you may be sacrificing more when it comes to culture.

Think of the inherent benefits of studying in a larger city. Being close to a plethora of art galleries. Learning from professionals who are in the field. Getting inspiration from a myriad of places around the city. The pros may far outweigh the cons, such as expense and hassle.

How Good Are Their Facilities?

An artist is only as good as the tools they use, so make sure those tools are high enough caliber for your needs. Talk to current students and professors at the school and get their honest assessment of the facilities. When taking a campus tour, make sure you do a detailed inspection of studios and classrooms you’ll be spending the most time in.

If you are a graphic designer, make sure they have the most up-to-date versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, etc. If you are a fashion designer, make sure they have access to an expansive supply of fabric and state-of-the-art sewing equipment. If you are working with second-hand, run-down equipment, your art itself is going to look second-hand and run-down.

Above all, make sure you feel comfortable at the school you choose. Make sure you can easily interact with the professors and feel at home using the facilities. Art students especially need to feel at home in their surroundings to help the creative juices flow, so make sure the school is not just the right fit, but it is the right fit for you.

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