Well this is my first post ever at CA. I have been drawing off and on most of my life, yet only seriously since my freshman year of high school. I'm getting to a point where my free time is limited, yet I want to obtain a college degree while i'm not working for the Army. Since my job takes up most of my time, and my wife and daughter take up alot of the rest. I am looking at either going to school for something boring and never having any fun, or I can get serious about my Art and use working towards a degree as the perfect excuse to have some fun. I haven't done much in the last couple of years due to a lack of time since I was going to school for something else. I had several questions for the fine members of this forum.
The first one is should I even bother? I'm 26 years old. As I stated its been a while. I want to draw, its just since I was majoring in something else for most of that time I didn't have as much time as I would like. I was fairly good for my experience level before, which still puts me far below the quality of alot of the work I see here. Is it ever too late to improve my skills to the level where they need to be? I do have a great work ethic.
Next Art school is expensive as we all know. My thinking is that I should start by getting an associate's degree in general studies(all of my credit thus far is nationally accredited and therefore not transferable), that way I have a couple of years to improve and see how serious I can be about art, and I wont be paying 700 a credit hour for english 101 or college algebra. Before I begin this route I was wondering if starting with a general studies degree is a reasonable path to take towards an art degree.
What level work do I need to have in a portfolio to be accepted in an art program? I am pretty much limited to online schools being in the Army and all. The ones I looked at were the art institute of pittsburgh, SCAD online, and academy of art in San Francisco. I'm nowhere near what I consider to be a pro, but then again i've got high standards on what I consider to be professional looking. I'll try to post a sample or two soon.
A SCAD Specific question - do they accept CLEP credits for general education, if so is there a limit? Is there a gaurentee that CLEP credits will always be accepted?
Does anyone know of any other good online art schools? I want to get a degree in actual Drawing/Painting/digital painting type stuff not graphic design.
Well this is all I can think of right now. Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Like I said i'll post an example soon. (I'm at work right now)