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    Unhappy How important is an art school to a concept artist?

    Hi everyone, I just joined conceptart.org and it's a pleasure to meet you all.

    I have read "The reality of artschool" and I think it is excellent. But still, I wish to bring up the topic of artschool and hear some personal experience:

    How important is an art school to a concept artist?

    By how important, I mean the influence of school on the following aspect:

    1. Technical/drawing skill

    2. Career building, social networking

    3. Creativity.

    By an art school, I mean the institution plus all the human resources such as teacher, students, career counselor, etc. So if classmates can make a differece, shcool is important then.

    By concept artist...my definition is someone who has highly developed rendering skills to visualize imagination and verbal concepts. But everyone here probably have their own definition.

    I am an illustration student in Onatrio College of Art and Design now. My program has little to do with concept art and lacks training on technical aspects. I want to change my direction to concept art, so I figure maybe I need to change a school. But then I see a lot of oppinions from professionals such as "school doesn't matter, you need to work hard on yourself", " I learned everything myself, then I go to school", etc.

    Now I am very doubtful about an art school's function. If I have to learn the most skills by myself, why would shcool be important then? If passion and determination are the major key of becoming a true concept artist, can a right school help me to be more determined and passionate?

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    I don't think there is much to be said that hasn't been said in the sticky.

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    Thanks...yeah, I guess other than what been said in the sticky, the rest has to be found out myself. Jason is so good.

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    The school...cant teach you anything that you cant learn at workshops...

    What the school can do is put you in an environment that is conducive to creative and growth.

    You can make it without going to a school. Infact i would say that you would be even fine getting a full on traditional education at an Atelier (even if there is no degree)...but the difference is that going to a school you are at the very least learning from professionals and with other students who could prossibly be our gateway into your desired field.

    Also, going to school is just convenient because it allows you to focus only on art while you attend instead of being spread between working 9/5 and trying to build an art career on the side.

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