Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Art Advice: Is it a waste of money to attend a small college to study art?

It really depends on your goals as an art student. If you strive to build a strong network of art world connections you might want to attend one of the top art schools-- and endure the cost of doing so. However, that is not to say that you can't establish connections at a smaller campus. With the Internet and sites like it is possible to establish some of these connections on your own-- the network you need is at your fingertips!

I'm not going to drop names, but I will say that I've known students at very respected art schools that have transferred to smaller schools in order to receive what they felt was a better education. I've also known students from smaller schools that have moved on to larger schools for the same reason. Thus, the value of education-- and what can be warranted from it -- is in the eye of the beholder. Keep that in mind.

Take care, Stay true,

Brian Sherwin


Anonymous said...

Students need to realize that their success is based on the effort that they put in. Attending a top school means nothing if you have bottom grades.

Art Prof said...

A dedicated student can have success anywhere. Art students are often written off as slackers, but it actually takes a great deal of get-up-and-go to be successful as an art student and successful beyond graduation. Both of the academic settings you mentioned have unique benefits. Students just need to find out which works best for them.