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Should You Go to Art School?

There’s much debate in the art community on whether you should attend art school. Can you achieve a career in art without taking college courses? Can you avoid incurring student debt? We’ve always felt that you can benefit by being around other artists and teachers. You’ll have access to more opportunities and facilities than you would if you were on your own. Some people learn better with hands on instruction. Others can read blogs or take less expensive online workshops to figure out how to do anything on their own. Everyone learns in their own way and at their own speed. We believe a school’s constant assignments will teach you discipline and how to manage many things at once. This would mirror having a job in a design studio. Could you get the same discipline learning on your own? We’re not so sure. But again, it depends on the individual.

You tend to get out of things what you put into them. Passion and self motivation don’t always go hand in hand. Going to a pricey art school won’t make you a better artist if you don’t bust your hump to learn as much as possible. You need to push yourself to get better. And of course not all schools or instructors are created equal. When choosing an art school, make sure the teachers are active in the art industry, current with technology, and able to communicate well. Talk to current students while you’re on a school tour to get their insights on the instructors. Take anything said by the college admissions department with a grain of salt. These are salespeople who may just tell you what you want to hear. Insights from current or past students will be invaluable.

Do you even need a college degree? It depends on where you live and try to get a job. Some studios are more concerned with your portfolio instead of a paper certificate. Some job markets are so competitive that employers may look at degrees just to help them sort through candidates. If you aren’t sure if you want to go into debt for an art career, try taking some online workshops first. Or team up with a group of local artists for group sessions.

We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful for young artists. Whether you want to go to art school or try to do it all on your own terms, you need to do some research! Thankfully there’s a wealth of knowledge online these days. Online classes, podcasts, and blogs can help artists at any stage in their life or career.     

This site has a ton of classes where artists can learn at their own pace. You can also get valuable feedback from others in the art community. You can learn inking techniques, photography tips, and how to build a web portfolio. Or you can take business classes to help you be a better freelancer and master marketing. As a successful artist, you’ll need to know just as much about business as you do art. Some art schools don’t teach business, so some artists learn the hard way as they go.     

The ultimate guide for going to art school:

This blog post covers some basic concepts for succeeding in art school as well as how to setup an online portfolio. The website also has workshops, a podcast, and an art community.     

The forum on this site is loaded with topics from art schools. They have critiques, finished artwork, community activities, support, jobs and so much more! It’s free to browse the forums and do critiques, but the worships are a monthly subscription.    

This is a fantastic site that helps students navigate their art college search. The blog has information on art schools, college life, artist interviews, portfolio advice, and more! And if you need help with your college search, Elaine can help with consultations. Consultations are helpful for parents who worry if a career in art is financially viable. After all, we’ve all heard the “starving artist” rumors! Don’t worry parents (and kids), most working artists agree those rumors are just myths.

Adventures in Design Podcast   

This podcast always has amazing artists who share their successes and failures. They share their thoughts on running a successful business. Guests talk tech, design programs, screen printing, craft shows, & more. Hey kids, the dialogue is uncensored, so if you listen in school, keep the headphones on. Also, be prepared to stifle your laughter :D

Scholarship Search

These are a few of the popular scholarship search sites. Some of these sites have a lot of information on colleges as well.

Ohio’s scholarship website:

And of course our Zinggia art scholarship is available yearly to a deserving Ohio high school student!

Coming soon…

We hope to add a resources page for those of you who may want to START your own scholarship. In the mean time, if you have questions about starting a scholarship, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us to ask us anything!

Do you have any art resources or scholarship information you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section.

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Alison & Jason 2 years ago . Reply

Do you have any art resources or scholarship information you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section. THANKS!!

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