Choosing an Art Institute That’s Right For You


If you’re an aspiring  art  major, there’s little doubt that you’re considering attending one of the many  art  institutes that are out there. But there are so very many, how can you be sure you choose the right  art  institute to suit your needs, and meet your goals? There is probably at least one well known  art  institute in every one of the continental United States, and that’s a lot of  art  schools to choose from!

Pick a State, Any State!

Just for starters, here is a short list of well known and highly desired  art  institutes:

 Art  Institute Of Atlanta

 Art  Institute Of Boston

 Art  Institute Of California Los Angeles

 Art  Institute Of California Orange County

 Art  Institute Of California San Diego

 Art  Institute Of California San Francisco

 Art  Institute Of Charlotte

 Art  Institute Of Chicago

 Art  Institute Of Cincinnati

 Art  Institute Of Colorado

 Art  Institute Of Dallas

 Art  Institute Of Denver

 Art  Institute Of Fort Lauderdale

 Art  Institute Of Houston

 Art  Institute Of Las Vegas

 Art  Institute Of Los Angeles

 Art  Institute Of Miami

 Art  Institute Of New York

 Art  Institute Of Philadelphia

And the list hardly stops there. With so many  art  institutes and universities to choose from, how does the aspiring  art  student choose? Well here are a few things to keep in mind that you may not consider, because they are not usually discussed when talking about what  art  school to attend:

Homesick Sweet Homesick

If you’re going to be selecting an  art  school that is far from your familiar home surroundings, consider if that is something that will sit well with you or not. You won’t be able to function at peak productivity if you’re constantly pining for familiarity. Attending any university out of town (whether or not it’s an  art  school) is going to require the student to be willing to explore, make new friends, and otherwise potentially stray outside their comfort zone. Simply running home any time you miss your favorite meal may not be an option if you’re 2000 miles away, for example.

Never Underestimate The Power Of Activism.

 Art  schools in particular seem to attract more than their fair share of “bleeders”, and by that I mean “bleeding liberals” or “bleeding hearts” or “bleeding radicals” and other such “activists.” These people can get very draining, and have a tendency to stifle the creativity that you expect from an  art  university. After paying so much money to attend an acclaimed  art  institute, why would you want someone like that to waste your time? Beware of these people and the reputation you can inherit by association.

Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can’t, Teach.

The above is perhaps an overly harsh statement in many cases, but when it comes to teachers in an  art  school environment, I’ve found it to be very true. So many University professors are bitter, washed-up has-beens (or more likely, “never-weres). If they were any good, they’d have been successful artists rather than teachers barely making a living. They can be very bitter if they have a budding protege on their hands in their  art  classes, and often attempt to crush the creative spirit of the new students. Much like with the bleeders, you must not allow these curmudgeons to get you down. You paid a lot of money (or worked hard for that scholarship) to attend an  art  institute, and you deserve to get all you can out of it and express your truest, deepest creative spirit!

Bottom Line – It’s Your  Art  School. Make The Most Of It!

This is your time. Your  art . Your school. Your expression. Your future! Make sure your years at  art  school [ art-schools .html] are not wasted. Paint, draw, sculpt, model, program. Whatever your particular form of artistic expression is, the  art  school is there to nurture and further it. Make sure you get out what you deserve, and light up the world with the  art  only you can bring to it!

Source by Kathy Hildebrand

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