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heya, i was wondering if a potential employer really cares what college you attend. like would a kid from ringling have any better luck from a kid from scad, without considering portfolio? or is getting hired pretty much all portfolio/attitude?
Last edited by chris; August 4th, 2002 at 10:19 PM.
I've always read that porfolio is the only thing important, and an employer generally never cares where you went to school or if you went at all. I haven't entered the industry yet so this is only what I have *read* a good number of times.
Now going to art school is important for many other reasons than just interesting your employer but that's a whole other topic.
as an art lead I would prefer to hire people that have an art education...where you go does not matter except that if you go to a small place with good classes and no connections you will be doing most the job hunting yourself.
however, an artist that has had all his basics and foundation classes is able to take critique better than those who have not. art school grads share the same vocabulary and are used to crits...and believe me it is possible to have these things without. But, most of the people in the workplace that i have had a hard time giving crits to and working with were self taught. learning to take crits is a long road...you get that in school...not from books. you learn to work with others in school as well...these are important aspects to working in the industry.
I got my first job because i went to ringling...i met james, andrew, puddnhead, sd barber and a bunch of other guys there. Id not have met the guy who hired me if I was not at a well connected school. simple as that.....but maybe id just be doing something else.....working somewhere else...maybe not...who knows....
you will make good connections at a good art school...that being my point...
In martial arts I tell my students to keep their cups empty, just like my teachers taught me to. The same thing applies in art and in life. Everyone has something to teach you, and you never know everything. In art, the search for perfection is almost inherent in the profession. An artist who limits that search to his art will limit both himself and his art. Creation is a function of your very essence, interpretted by your state of mind and past experiences. Try to be an artist without a soul...and you'll turn into...Boris :evilbat: *EEEEEK!!!
I think college is really great because it gives you a broad base of knowledge. If you were to work on your own, I'm sure many people would specialise in drawing and stick with that the whole way. Which isn't a bad thing, but coming to university has taught me a lot about things related to the area.
Also, it gives bit more structure to your day as well as a great learning environment. But if you're really really motivated you wont really need these things.
What I think the best thing about college is, is the life experience. Well, for me it is important. I just came out of highschool so experiencing things is important to me. If I was at home all day drawing I think I would go insane. Also, you meet so many new and interesting people. While art is important, I think friendships are equally important.
thanks for the replies... tension is mounting as i start college orientaion in like 5 days. getting nervous but luckily i wont be starting in a rut, so thats nice. im really looking forward to meeting people, as i have no friends and am practically a hermit who stays up too late at night(early in the morning). lol.