el Dopa wrote:The first college years are a time for... "social education" shall we call it? Better to be missing finals and critiques because of that hangover when the class is cheap. Better to be at an expensive school when you're focused on academic education. Not one student that I entered art school with that was straight out of high school graduated with me-- many of them never finished at all.
chainsawguy one wrote:On the other hand, there were a lot of issues with a lot of students in transferring credits over into their degree program. (Obviously, the art college is going to try and get the most tuition out of you, so some community college classes just won't count.) I did a lot of my "outside" learning during the summer period, with specific paperwork that told me exactly which classes would transfer without problem. So if you do take this route, be very careful on what classes you need to finish a degree program.
chainsawguy one wrote:As far as taking art classes in community college, I would suggest against it. There is no comparison between and art college and community college as far a learning how to draw. The atmosphere is drastically different. The attitude is completely different. The artists are completely different. When I was going to college, and even now when I go back for workshops, I see a huge gap between the students who have done all four years and the transfers. Those who have been there the full four years have had more of a solid foundation to build their skills off of, while the transfers had a lot of adjusting to do in order to get into the groove. When the final shows were hung, you can see more quality in the work of the 4 year students than in the transfers. There is something about being able to run completely through a system uninterrupted as opposed to jumping on halfway through and hoping for the best.
Toonimator wrote:Whatever you do, don't worry about staying in school longer than 4 years. Heck, most of my classmates in art college STARTED when they were over 20, and stayed four or five years. One was on "the 8-year plan", taking less than three classes per semester, but also working as a graphic designer I think. I had several friends who were pushing 30 when they graduated. Some were pushing 30 when they started!
Toonimator wrote:Another benefit to getting the general ed courses outta the way first, is you can better balance your workload. You can take less classes per semester, being able to focus more attention on each one (not to mention have more time to work at your part-time job)... and hey, once you feel you've got some good skills down, you can start picking up some freelance artistic work, or even find an art-related full-time job and take night classes. It's entirely possible, and an art job will also further your education... and PAY you for it!
iamweasel1999 wrote:As far as getting a degree, I can see the arguments for and against, but I personally feel that you should attend college for reasons other job training, because if thats all you want, then college is probably a waste of time. Also, in the off chance that you dont get the job you want right out of school, or later on in life, its possible that having an actual degree will help you get a job better than, say, Starbucks.
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