If you have read parts one and two of this series, and have not yet become disillusioned and depressed, this third section may do the trick. If you haven’t read the initial dire warnings yet, you can find them under my CP page. Just click on the silly, silly picture of me dressed as Jesus. If you are extremely hard headed and have decided that you already know what Art School is all about and that you are the next burning Art Star, than good for you.
But wait! Just because you’re the perfect fit for the eclectic and cantankerous world of Art School doesn’t mean that you’ll make it in the long run. Before you embark on the long, (and it is long in the end) journey of Art education, take a good hard look at your finances. Everyone knows that college is out-of-control, blow-my-skirt-up expensive, but what you may not know is that formal Art college is one of the very most expensive versions.
If your family is filthy, world hopping, land raping rich, you may skip this article altogether. Everything you ever need will be handed to you, no matter how expensive, and sadly your money will give you an incredible advantage over the other students and later, professional artists. For the rest of you, just keep reading. Private Art Schools are now charging a tuition rate of anywhere from 10 to 15 thousand per semester. At this rate, with a fairly modest rise in cost factor, a freshman is looking at a 100,000 to 150,000 dollar Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.
Even if you go to an inexpensive in-state school and suffer the heartbreaking loss of college freedom by living with your parents, you still may not be able to afford Art School. Am I talking about books? No; books are one area where you save with Art School, being that there are fewer academic classes. What I’m talking about is supplies.
This is not an elementary school art class. You will not be able to purchase all of the tools and materials necessary to pass even one class with twenty dollars. Depending on the nature of the studio class, you may find yourself spending hundreds of dollars per week; that’s right I said per week!… on one single class.
Failure to appropriate funds to realize your artistic visions is never excusable. Some Professors may cut you slack initially when you arrive day after day with substandard, undersized paper, the wrong pencils, or lacking the “correct” pencils, but eventually they will begin to cut you down. Junk art can only go so far; please trust me.
The first year is usually the cheapest. Once enrolled in your “major” (ha!) you will truly begin to understand the meaning of sacrifice, as you make a daily decision between food and the supplies necessary to finish your project. What’s that you say? You’ll get a job? Ha. As was explained in part two, (you didn’t read part two yet?) the hours demanded from a typical Art School are almost preposterous. Stack a forty hour classroom hour week on top of a twenty to thirty homework hour week on top of the various weekend lectures and symposiums pleasantly suggested, (demanded) by your professors, any you won’t have the bloody time for a job of any kind. You will be lucky if you have time to bathe.
So wait before you plunge into the pit of poverty and posturization! Bite the bullet and live at home with your parents if you have to, but don’t try to slide through Art School broke. You will crash like Zeppelin; Big fiery boom.
If you truly want to pursue this as a career, you need to start thinking of it in terms of career training now. Never forget that you are paying money to be badgered and prodded by your half-wit professors. Also never forget that you may just learn something from them every once in a while. Art School is expensive for a reason. It’s expensive because it’s extremely fun. If you can manage the dough, do it.