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Top Ten Art Schools

Updated on December 1, 2011

Top 10 Art Schools

If you're looking to attend an art college and can't decide where to go, this list of Top 10 Art Schools will be your guide.

For now, I am including mostly east coast schools, because that is what I am familiar with. However, at the bottom of this lens is a module that will allow you to make suggestions for your favorite art schools, anywhere in the world!

Is Art School right for me?

You may be asking yourself this question. And it isn't a decision to take lightly. Many people suffer from the misconception that art school equals easy grades. It doesn't. It's hard work, just like any other college, and you have to take your talent seriously in order to excel in your classes.

Here's some questions to ask yourself and things to consider before applying to any school.

1.) Do you have a portfolio?

While not all art schools require a portfolio for acceptance, many do, and you will need to have yours complete, presentable, and ready to be critiqued. There are many resources for helping you get your portfolio together, THIS is an excellent resource.

2.) Do you want to go to school in your home state, or a different state?

This decision can impact your tuition costs. Many schools charge more in tuition if you have not been a resident of the state for a year. Keep that in mind when looking at out of state schools. Also keep in mind that you should visit the school and spend some time there before making your decision. You don't want to spend a ton of money on tuition and travel only to get there and realize you hate it. So make a plan to visit for more than just a day!

3.) Can you take criticism?

If you get upset when someone offers their casual opinion about you, your clothes, your art, or anything about you, then art school, and quite possibly, being an artist, isn't going to be right for you. Having a thick skin and the ability to take criticism and turn it around to positive change is necessary for surviving art school. Anyone who has been through an art class critique will tell you that a small percentage of the students will leave the room in tears because they can't handle having their artwork deconstructed and analyzed. You must be willing to take the heat, or you'll never be able to stay in the kitchen.

4.) Are you willing to practice every day?

While some may be born with artistic talent, if you don't use it, you lose it. And when you are studying art, it is vital that you keep your newly learned skills honed. You have to be able to draw, paint, sculpt, or design every day with no excuses!

Remember, art school is NOT an "Easy A" degree. You have to be committed and be able to handle tough critiques. If you can really devote yourself to learning new techniques and developing your skills as an artist, you will excel in art school!

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