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    High School or portfolio?

    I have less than 25 days in school of my senior year, the problem is that I have an absolute crap load or make up work to do in that little of a time. Not to mention I will then have exams, and most likely a summer class because I'm missing a credit (had to move in my Junior year, new school, new rules).

    So I ask. Is it really worth it? I have 4-5 essays, countless tests and homeworks, plus an additional summer class. Is it worth it to go through all of that when I haven't even applied to a college yet? I'm hoping I can at least get an app into ACCD for the winter semester, which would require me to start burning more oil than Kuwait can sell in a year.
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    What program of ACCD are you considering? Also straight out of highschool for ACCD, ouch. You've got to be on the level as normal people around 20+ for some majors, i'm not sure all. Show us some of your works, studies, and we'll help you decide!

    +Also, if you don't have that much money, raising your GPA and doing your work can offer you more grants, loans, etc..
    , but if you're rich, then nevermind

    But note, if you can't do this load of work in highschool, you can't even imagine what students have to do at art center, usually 4 hour sleep a night or none! Homework homework homework.
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    I'm the epitome of middle class so money isn't all that big of a deal, but it still is a major issue.

    and when it comes to Loads of work, I have insomnia, so nothing is really a problem for me. I can stay motivated for weeks on a piece of art, it's standard academia work I have a problem with. I love learning, but I can't stand doing busy work about it, I get mostly all A's and B's on tests, but I don't do anything else, prime suspect for my horrible grades.

    oh and as for major... well I'm going the stereotypical route of characters or illustration. so illustration or entertainment design. Which isn't going to help me get in any faster.

    I also find myself getting more interested in stuff for movies, as in make up and costumes, but mainly more like building sci-fi armor and really built on makeup like aliens, zombies, etc. if you catch my drift. Product design is also something I've been interested in for quite a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Pink View Post
    I'm the epitome of middle class so money isn't all that big of a deal, but it still is a major issue.

    and when it comes to Loads of work, I have insomnia, so nothing is really a problem for me. I can stay motivated for weeks on a piece of art, it's standard academia work I have a problem with. I love learning, but I can't stand doing busy work about it, I get mostly all A's and B's on tests, but I don't do anything else, prime suspect for my horrible grades.

    I heard art center only needs a letter of why your grades are bad, but that needs to be attached to a badass portfolio.. And for entertainment design... Did you look at the blog of what students are doing in there? Its quite intimidating.
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    log off the damn internet and get your homework done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grief View Post
    log off the damn internet and get your homework done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Agreed.
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    it's not that I'm procrastinating or anything, I was sick for 3 weeks until last week, and last week was spring break so I couldn't even go to school.

    it's pretty effing tough to make up 4 weeks of work in less than two weeks, and I'd rather be working on art to get a portfolio ready for an application for the winter entrances.
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    Once you graduate, you'll never have to spend another day working on high school crap again. Crank the midnight oil if you have to, do whatever you need to do to pass, then once you are graduated you'll have all the time in the world to get a bitchin' portfolio together. So do your homework as everyone is saying, pass your classes, then with all the free time after graduation, put your portfolio together.

    There's no rush to get in college the second you graduate. I'm not saying to postpone it and spend a few years playing WoW and watching reruns of transformers until you finally get up off your ass and do something with your life (like some random people i've met through my lifetime.) I'm saying you'll have the time you need once you graduate to get in to the art school you want. Semesters in colleges/art schools at most places are every 4 months or so, and if you arent able to get in the same month you graduate, or by the winter semester, who cares? just use those extra few months to hone your skills. The more time you have to work on stuff the better your portfolio will be. Graduate highschool, THEN work on portfolio, THEN go to art school, THEN get ridiculously good, THEN get job in art field of your choosing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Pink View Post
    it's pretty effing tough to make up 4 weeks of work in less than two weeks, and I'd rather be working on art to get a portfolio ready for an application for the winter entrances.
    It's a lot easier to make up four weeks of high school work in two weeks than it is to put together a decent college application portfolio in two weeks.

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    Sorry for the necro-rez but I have some bad, but important news.

    I'm not graduating. I tried to keep it up, worked my ass to the bone, got nearly all of my classes back up, but 2 are just still not cutting it. They're fucking "academic elective" credits to. what bullshit.

    I still get to walk and all, but I only get an empty container.

    So now that I'm out of both a diploma aaaaaand a portfolio in time for winter semester, I'm totally bumfucked for like... ever. I believe a follow-up question is in order:

    Summer school to get my credits back and receive a diploma? or non stop working on art?

    the only thing keeping me from saying "fuck it, I'm gonna go draw" is that I need 9 months out of the year in school or I lose my insurance, etc. and a diploma would be nice to have on a resume... y'know?
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    Summer school to get credits back.
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    I'd say go for summer school. You have all the time in the world to draw beyond that.
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