When you choose an art school, you’re not just choosing a school — faculty, curriculum, campus housing, and all the rest — you’re choosing a scene. More than almost any other discipline, the study of art requires immersing yourself in art, surrounding yourself with people who are making art, at every level and in every form, to cultivate inspiration and opportunity. For that, nothing beats a big city. And in the U.S., nothing beats San Francisco. San Francisco has been called, among other things, one of the most inspiring cities for young artists, one of the world’s top cities for designers, and the top North American city for an animation career. Now add this superlative to the list: America’s best city for art students. Here are three reasons why:
Imagine if you could learn about literary form, research, and revision from masters of the craft. The chance to study with acclaimed writers and poets is one of the greatest benefits of an MFA in Creative Writing. From intimate writing workshops to incredible readings, their experiences and perspectives can help you fine-tune your craft as you work towards publication. Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, recently read from her forthcoming collection, Wade in the Water, and held a craft talk for our CCA MFA in Writing students and local community of writers and artists. She offered three fruitful tips to help jump-start your fall writing, and the first one might surprise you:
For most prospective art students, one of the hardest parts of applying to school is choosing portfolio selections. We've heard many applicants worry that they don't have enough samples because they didn't focus on art in high school, or they haven't decided on one specific field of art to study.
What can an art college graduate possibly have to offer citizens of war-ravaged Sierra Leone, former child soldiers and child prostitutes, some homeless and some living with polio?
Every student comes to art school with different abilities, perspectives, and passions. No single course of study could be considered "the best" for everyone, but there are some popular programs that have common appeal to the artistically inclined. Two of the more popular art school concentrations are illustration and graphic design. While these majors have some similarities, they also have differences in their curriculum and job prospects. To help those trying to choose between these distinct art school programs, we've compared them in a few key areas to see how they stack up against each other.
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