I have to admit, I wanted to go to art school since one of those ridiculous middle-school aptitude tests told me that I could actually Make Money Doing Art. And going to school to learn how to do things was What One Did.
And then I realized partway into my senior year of high school that nobody really cared about What One (That Happened to be Me) Did, and so I stopped doing.
Well, poop. That didn’t work.
Far too many moons later, I finally dragged myself into art school. Was it the creative mecca I’d dreamed of? No, even with financial aid I couldn’t afford THOSE schools… and anyway, I’d grown enough to realize that exclusively keeping company with self-proclaimed ARTEESTS was sure to drive me batty (but generate some true creativity on topics of Causing Serious Bodily Harm). So I went to Le State School with its pretty fine design program, made friends with lots of interesting folks going into lots of interesting fields, and picked up a computer science minor on the way. Wait, can you even DO that at art school?
Thing is, I didn’t even need the BFA until I moved back into The City. And so many people in creative fields say they don’t give a crap about what’s hanging on your wall unless it’s art. Can you prove you’ve got the chops? Got a good book? HIRED, they say. But is that really true?
Over on Medium, Noah Bradley comes right out and says it. Don’t Go to Art School. But over on DeviantArt, majnouna gives 7 Reasons Why You Should Go to Art School. My mom encouraged me to create, but then discouraged me from art school because it hadn’t worked for her. Holy foo, what’s an arty-type to do?
What do you think? Is art school worth it? Does it depend on the school? The program? The kind of art you want to do? Did you go to art school? Or did you deliberately NOT go to art school? Who needs art school?
The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. It used to appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET… maybe we’ll just try for Wednesdays this go ’round. Make with the comments!