This is a post for absolute beginners. Not beginning artists, of course. You already have a passion for art and the talent to build your life around it. And you know that an art college degree will help make your dream a reality.
Question: Why do you want to go to art college?
By any measure, now is a great time to be an animator. Recent blockbusters like Avatar, Marvel's The Avengers, and Frozen have raked in billions of dollars at the box office, thanks in large part to their dazzling CGI. Meanwhile, the global video game market, an industry that leans heavily on animation, is expected to grow nearly 5% between 2015 and 2020.
You can take all the virtual tours you want, cruise campus neighborhoods with Google Street View, browse student work on Instagram, and chat with admissions reps on Facebook and still, there is no substitute for visiting an art college in person. For many applicants, the choice between two or more schools — all things being equal in theory — comes down to their gut feelings on a campus tour.
Before you tour campuses and meet with professors, before you compile your application portfolio, before you start thinking about a major, before you even Google the phrase “art college” and start jotting down a list of your favorites, you’ve got some serious thinking to do — about yourself. That’s because there is no single art college out there that is perfect for everyone. If there was, your art college search would be a lot simpler and this article would be a lot shorter. Finding the perfect art college — for you — has more to do with finding the perfect fit between who you are as an artist, a student, and a person, as well as the teaching philosophy, community makeup, and overall objectives of an art college. In other words, before you can find the perfect art college, you must, as the Greeks said, “know thyself.” Here are three questions you must ask yourself, about yourself, at the beginning of your art college search:
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