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?
You don’t have to try very hard to find art colleges in the U.S. There are close to 200 hundred art schools in the country, according to one online list — at least one in every state.
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?
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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