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I have not been brave enough to utter that sentence- until today.  Today is the day I read THIS GREAT ARTICLE by Noah Bradley:…   I have been more and more bothered by us artists paying for art schools that cost as much as Ivy League law schools (or more) only to come out of said schools not able to find art jobs to pay off the mounds of debt that has left school with you!  This article also mirrors my own feelings: its not about the instructors (or very rarely).  They are underpaid and under appreciated.  Some don't have the proper art training but have replaced that with Master's degrees, which is a pet peeve of mine as far as the costs the students are paying for that instruction.  But, again, that's not the instructor's fault.  They were able to get that job because only those with Master's degrees can fill those positions.  They worked for that degree, so good for them.   Art schools are not doing their jobs, but many online art schools, resources are!  There is not just one path anymore.  

This article is of particular interest to me.  Not only because I have published two art instruction books, but also because I am going down this road right now.  I will be announcing an online art "School" (I use that word loosely) that will feature not just lessons by myself but also by many of my PRO artist friends in all forms of artistic media: comic books, comic strips, animation, video games and more.  More information on that around the end of summer!  Spread this article around.  

I said it. Now you can too!   
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aRT-iS-eXTaSY Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Too real. My work is getting me recognized in my community, given me a job, and multiple showcases, because I am reaching out to other organizations and submitting work. All while I'm told my work is not good enough, and failing classes for no reason. My best work has come from personal projects instead of what I actually learned in my art classes.
Grimm-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
 So true the prices are ridiculous for me it would've costed 10k a year for four years which means I would walk out $40,000 in debt and a slim chance of getting a job with so many competitors in the field :( it is a dream of mine but the college and uni route is VERY expensive and unfortunately I cannot afford this :( I'm too young to be that far in debt lol if I had the money sure but with online resources and many weekend drop in classes (averaging 10 bucks a session you come in whenever you feel like it) I've just been sticking to that.
yasmineply820 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Good thing I couldn't  afford to go. I'm transferring from a community college to a state university and looking at the prices of a state university, the prices shocked me. I went to a art high school as a visual major and most my visual peers went to an art college. Now I'm hearing on the news where so many college students have racks of debt at state universities and can't find a job. art colleges are more expensive and I can't imagine how much debt they're in. You can be successful anywhere without going to an art school.
annabialek Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I hope Noah's right, 'cause it had decided about my future... I'm so scared! 
Check out my point of view here.
legrosclown Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
I guess I am lucky to live in the province of Quebec in Canada because our educational is in most part paid by the government. It is the cheapest in my country! But I do feel that art schools here has the same problems than in the US. That is, not alot of them will help you learn how to develop your skills. Most of the art schools here are all about ''contemporary art'' which I think traps most students in a corner. So that's why I went to study 2D animation. There is only one school here that offers it and it is the best! Each semester cost me only 120$ (without counting my materials). There are schools in other countries that I would love to attend to because it cost so much, I cannot do it. So I feel that I have to learn other skills that I want by myself or go to those little art schools by little art studios here in Montreal. Noah Bradley is right on the money issue part but art schools can be beneficial in other ways.
MyFantasiWorld Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I had to come back here and post on this journal again, because frankly, I've been learning what my choices can lead to while attending college to earn a degree.


The permanent action I'm taking is a bachelor degree outside of the art subject, but I'm still hoping to improve my skill within the 2D animation field just by going through the basics over online courses while I continue to harness my skill through self-teaching (something that I've done for as long as I can remember).


It is the top specific art field I want to get into and I'm just not sure where to start to find some good art programs (I'm not looking for a degree from a college, just programs over the internet) to take, so if there's some advice you can give me, I would really appreciate it.


If you end up convincing me to take your course lessons that will be explained at the end of the summer, and there's no other online courses you can think of, then I'll give in. ;)

mech2159 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this ,Now I don't feel as bad failing graphic arts as bad as I used to.
Kidarcade Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I would love to learn animation from you tom. I have to agree with the article I alway's wanted to go to art school and was never able to (cause of cost). I've learn now that it take's time and hard work to get good or better at art. Now these day's I look at progress not failure of my work and not regretting I didn't go to art school.

Keep me posted on the upcoming school.
Fatboy73 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"Proud" "Self employed" graduate of Fullsail with a degree in computer animation. around $95,000 in student loan debt that I can do nothing about. Oh...and a piece if paper stating I have a degree in computer animation that makes a GREAT place mat

I do have to say though, that Fullsail was at least kind enough to let my graduating class know ahead of time that because of school politics and the slow changes in the curriculum, we would have the honor of graduating with demo reels full of material that were ridiculously behind what the industry standards were in 2006.
Ensuring that most of my graduating class would find it next to impossible to get even entry level jobs in the industry.
jameskoenig1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. I agree and I look forward to hearing more about your "school" in the future. I know I will be very interested in signing up & enrolling once you have things ready!
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